Our ISTE 2019 Conference Preview

Get your bags packed for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! This year’s host city for ISTE 2019, which takes place June 23rd through 26th, is one filled with history. As one of the most influential edtech events of the year, ISTE draws over 16,000 educators from around the world, all of whom want to use the power of technology to better learning and teaching both inside and outside the classroom.

As usual, ISTE will not disappoint. With hundreds of sessions to choose from, an outstanding lineup of keynotes and speakers, an exhibit hall filled with rows of vendors, and networking opportunities that aren’t just for business but also for fun, ISTE is one event you will not want to miss. Find out everything you have to look forward to in our ISTE 2019 conference preview below.

Journey into What Attending ISTE Would Be Like

Day One: Sunday

Imagine arriving Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center excited and ready to walk up to registration to grab your conference bag and name badge. There are hustle and bustle around you as the crowds of like-minded professionals start to filter in for the beginning of what is sure to be a great conference.

Kick off your experience by attending lectures or sessions, or check out the program content located at the interactive playgrounds, on the posters, and at the ISTE Learning Stage. If you’re feeling adventurous, go on one of ISTE’s tours/trips around the city for a small additional fee. Go on a Creative Food Walk to explore, eat, and experiment your way through the city. Take a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to gain insight on strategies for utilizing online tools that integrate art into curriculum.

Another opportunity to immerse yourself in the art culture of Philadelphia is the Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour, which gives you a chance to explore the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to have a hands-on experience while delving into the rich history and culture of Philadelphia.

Your adventures will be followed by an opening keynote session that will inspire you and get you excited for all that is to come. Conference presenters include Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Director of Photography for Lighting, and Pedro A. Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.

Day Two: Monday

Monday, you wake up early and eat breakfast as you begin to explore the massive expo hall. With hundreds of vendors to visit, you could get lost for hours exploring the latest and greatest in technology and learning more about products and tools to use in the classroom. Featuring large corporations with impressive displays, smaller start-ups with interesting innovations, and everything in between, be sure to check out the exhibit hall list before arriving.

The day continues with over 1,400 sessions to choose from in four different interactive categories: Listen & Learn, Explore & Create, Engage & Connect, and Participate & Share. The learning opportunities are endless. No matter your experience or learning style, there is a session for you. With the friendly schedule builder and the conference app, make sure to secure a spot in your chosen sessions beforehand and know exactly where you’re heading before even reaching the convention center.

And the excitement doesn’t end there—join your fellow attendees at the ISTE PLN Happy Hour for drinks, food, games, and of course networking!

Day Three: Tuesday

Tuesday begins with keynote presentations by a few speakers including Alicia Duell, Director of Technology and IS at Wheeling CCSD21, and Phil Hansen, artist, author, and speaker. Ms. Duell will touch on her experiences working in the US and overseas, which have taught her to take risks and grow from her failures.

After you kick-start your day with the inspirational keynotes, you’ll have the rest of the morning and afternoon to attend additional sessions, such as Be Bold and Explore Resources to Expand your Primary Classroom, Tips for Creating Digitally Healthy Students, and Blended Learning from A to Z. Don’t forget to visit those vendors that you didn’t have time to talk to previously, and cap off your day with another opportunity for networking, food, and fun at the ISTE PLN Happy Hour.

Day Four: Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day of the conference, so the sessions and expo hall will wrap up by the early afternoon. After several days of collaboration, education, and networking, the conference will finish off with several keynotes from industry leaders and inspirational professionals.

One of the keynotes includes Michael Bonner, a teacher at The Ron Clark Academy. Mr. Bonner is known for his positive and innovative approaches to education and is sure to inspire you and the entire audience. Another speech will come from Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year. Ms. Manning strives to not only create connections with her students but also with the community inside and outside of the school.

After ISTE 2019

After everyone’s bags are packed to return home, the booths have been taken down, and the convention center is empty, you’ll have time to reflect on everything you learned, the connections you made, and the great experience you’ve just been a part of. Don’t miss out on one of the top edtech conferences of the year. See you at Booth #732 at ISTE 2019!

About the Author


Ashley Venuti

Growing up in the beautiful state of Colorado, Ashley graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis on marketing and management. During college, she began her career working with children. For the next eight years, she focused on helping children by teaching dance, art, and cooking. Ashley then decided to take her passion and become part of the edtech industry. She is excited to be a part of the Where Learning Clicks Team where she can transform her enthusiasm for teaching into writing.