As much as I love attending conferences, I'm not much of a NATIONAL conference goer. I haven't been to AASL since '08, ALA since '11 and I've never been to ISTE. But that all changes at the end of this month when I'll be heading to Atlanta to attend ISTE for the first time.
And I'm excited.
But that's not all. Not only will I be going to ISTE as an attendee, but I was also honored to be asked to give the keynote at the annual SIGLib breakfast on the last day of the conference. I have to be honest, I'm nervous about this. Many, many of my heroes will be in the room. I can't even think about it without getting butterflies in my stomach. But I'm also incredibly humbled and plan to give the presentation of my life. I'm also WAY excited.
Then... my library wondertwin and Level Up Book Club partner in crime, Matthew Winner, recommended to the folks at ISTE that I blog about my experience as a first-timer AND my first post as an ISTE blogger went live today. Since I've never been to ISTE before, I can't offer sage advice about how to get ready or what to expect, so I decided to create an "ISTE Bucket List" that is to say a list of experiences that I really want to accomplish during this year's conference. Some of the items on my list are silly, but most are designed to help me get the most of out this experience. Also, if you plan to be there, some will require your help. :)
If you haven't noticed, I'm excited!
So... hop on over and take a look. And please, if you see me at ISTE, be sure to say hello. I can't wait to connect, face to face, with many members of my PLN and to enlist you as part of my #MissionISTEBucketList. Let's do this thing!