Celebrating Canada’s EdTech Leadership & Excellence at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia Part 1

While interactive whiteboards are still hot…this was definitely the year of the tablet and cloud computing at ISTE 2011!

Canada once again made its mark at the ISTE conference with some 400+ Canadian education and industry leaders in attendance and presenting at the Penn Convention Center in Philadelphia. This year’s conference attracted record attendance with over 18,000 delegates and exhibitors, and positive over previous years with renewed sense of spirit and enthusiasm amongst the delegates and exhibitors.

I personally enjoyed, once again, exploring the Special Interest Group (SIG) Poster Sessions, where we had the opportunity to experience first-hand the excellent work of educators and students. Some of my favourites include: Mobile Learning, Digital Equity, Games and Simulations, Online Learning, Digital Storytelling and Innovative Learning Technologies.


One of the highlights at ISTE was our 3rd Annual Canadian Consulate – MindShare Learning Can/Am partnering reception sponsored by SMART Technologies, Global Scholar in association with ISTE at the Union League of Philadelphia. The VIP reception was attended by 100+ industry and education leaders from across North America.

Another highlight was honouring our MindShare Learning national digital classroom contest winners, who each won an all-expenses paid trip as part of their winnings courtesy of ISTE.  Special thanks to the Canadian Consulate team in Philadelphia for their partnership and support.  And of course, thanks to our Can/Am event sponsors; SMART Technologies, Global Scholar and ISTE.

From an exhibitor perspective, Canada was well represented with the likes of SMART Technologies, MediaX, Desire2Learn OpenText, CDI Computers and Faronics, to name a few.

We hope you enjoy our digital retrospective of ISTE ’11!  R.M.

P.S. If you missed ISTE here’s a link to the webcast Opening Keynote Dr. Stephen R. Covey and Muriel Summers, with moderation by Boyd Craig.  Click here