ISTE 2010: Day One

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The DreamBox team: Laura Koch, Julie Sloan, Sue Cummings, and Mickelle Weary

The ISTE Expo floor is hopping — we’ve had a steady stream of teachers, curriculum specialists, technologists, principals, and other administrators (as well as ed tech companies looking for potential partners, some students, and misc. others) in the DreamBox corner of the floor.  When we ask them about their pressing issues, I’ve heard a couple of consistent themes:

  • Technologists are tasked with helping a shrinking group of teachers with tools to help them be productive, often to manage increasing class sizes, and free up some of their time to be able to help individual students. And they’re concerned about cost.
  • Teachers are an energetic lot — they’re excited about the opportunities they’re seeing at the show for tools that will help them teach, software and content to use with interactive white boards, tools that will support students with special needs – and free stuff for the classroom.
  • Everyone, even those who teach high school and higher ed and really don’t need to talk to us, loves our blue squishy brains (DreamBox opens minds to math!)

It helps to have a group of fun, dedicated, and almost tireless DreamBox staffers working together to help our booth visitors! I really love working with these folks — they’re amazing. Now for day 2!