ISTE 2014, the largest US education technology conference, closed July 1 - good-bye, Atlanta! The time frame coincided with new developments around FCC's proposal to close the E-rate's "Wi-Fi gap"; we cover these below.
As always happen with these large events, not everyone can go. But educators are a creative bunch. Rather than feeling left behind, they organized a parallel #NotAtISTE14 conference - complete with presentations, virtual badges and ribbons, Google+ community and hangouts, Twitter chats, karaoke (!), challenges and prizes. (Links and resources pertaining to a #NotAt... conference are at the end of the post).
We reached out to the community with a contest asking why they needed Wi-Fi for education technology initiatives.
A summary of the tweets are below, with responses ranging from robotics and iPad carts, to working with special ed kids and spurring creativity in students.