Blogging Sessions ISTE 2016

This is a collaborative document created by @suewaters who is #notatiste16

I’m writing my notes from the sessions I would like to know more about by:

Sessions I’ve chosen are based around blogging, twitter, digital writing, ePortfolios etc.  

Please send tweet @suewaters if you are able to help with adding notes to the document so I can share it with you.   Thanks for your help!

Hack Education - The Unconference

Saturday June 25 8:00 - 4:00

Hack Education is its 10th year of the all-day unconference held the Saturday before the ISTE conference.  It is a great way to connect with other educators to discuss topics that interest you!

Link to ISTE Unplugged website for more information.  

Schedule for the Unconference and links to the session notes will be added on the day here.  

Global Student Blogging Challenge

Sunday June 26 7:00-8:00

Sue Wyatt (@tasteach) and Tracy Watanabe (@tracywatanabe)

Student Blogging Challenge website.  

The aim of the student blogging challenge is to connect student bloggers with a global audience while supporting teachers with their classroom blogging.  


It runs twice yearly, starting in March and September, and guides the participants through blogging and commenting over 10 weeks.  

Each week participants are given weekly tasks to increase their skills.  There is a wide range of ways you can participate in the Student Blogging Challenge series:

  1. Class blog - teachers and students can participate as a class. Teachers, or students, can publish their weekly tasks on their class blog or students can participate through leaving comments on posts.
  2. Student blogs - individual students can participate in the challenge by publishing posts on their own student blogs and leaving comments of other students.

You can start the challenge at any time and teachers can customise the tasks to meet the needs of their class.  

Check out this example of a teacher adapting the Week 6 – Our World task  from the September 2013 Student blogging challenge series.   You can read the teacher’s post on the class blog here.

The student blogging challenge has been running since 2008. It started with 9 countries and 500 students.  The March 2016 student blogging challenge involved:

About the Student blogging challenge mentors

The student blogging mentors help mentor small groups of 20-30 students during the challenge.  

Mentors register and must be approved to help with the Challenge.   Mentors are:

Being a student blogging challenge mentor involves:

Being a student blogging mentor is a great way to learn what is involved in blogging and to see how this type of challenge could be used with your class.

Getting started

If you are new to blogging it is recommended you work through the Edublogs Teacher Challenge Blogging with students series before joining the Student Challenge.

The Blogging with Students series takes you step by step through the process of setting up a class blog and everything you need to know about blogging with students.   It provides links to class blogs so you can check out how they are used by educators.

The series guides you through the process of blogging regardless of what platform you use.

For more information

Check out the following:

  1. About the Student Blogging Challenge
  2. Information for first time visitors
  3. FAQ about the student blogging challenge
  4. Blogging Glossary

The World is our Classroom

Sunday June 26 7:00-8:30 PM 

Amy Jambor (@amyjambor), Ashley Kemper, Julie Lindsay, Anne Mirschin (@murcha, personal blog), Toni Oliveri-Barton, Larisa Schelkin, Sheri Williams.

This session is about learning how to successfully connect and collaborate with others internationally, using both simple and complex projects and a variety of tools and ideas.

Each of the presenters have extensive experience participating or running Global Projects.  Would really loved to check out their poster session.  

I’ve tweeted Anne Mirschin and asked her to take photos of the poster session so I can add here and study the info.

Growing Strong Digital Writers: Micro-writing for macro-thinking

Monday June 27 11:00-12:00

Christopher Lehman (@ChrisLehman), Maggie Roberts, Kirsten  Ziemke (KristinZiembe)

Session outline:  Digital forms of quick writing, such as blogs, tweets, texts, allow exciting new opportunities to teach writing. In these micro-forms of writing, we support students in not simply revising pieces, but revising their entire voice. You’ll leave with practical lesson ideas for your own teaching.

They currently don’t have any resources on their ISTE page so I need to wait to see if any are shared from their session.  

PBL & Tech: Tools for Every Phase of the Project Cycle

Monday June 27, 11:00-12:00

Suzie Boss, Jane Krauss

Session Outline:  We’ll explore tools and apps useful to teachers and students during each phase of the PBL cycle. From engaging student interest through inquiry, research, project management and constructing artifacts of learning, try your hand at technologies that really make projects go!


Please note I’m still adding sessions I’m interested in and their notes to this Google doc.