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[Weekly Inspiration] ISTE 2019 Words of Wisdom

[Weekly Inspiration] ISTE 2019 Words of Wisdom

The International Society for Technology in Education conference just wrapped up and left many educators motivated to take on the next year. An Education Dive article claims that the Day 2 keynote speakers inspired them to be ‘limitless’. The following were just some of the inspirational speakers from ISTE 2019 day 2 and a little bit about what they said.

Richard Culatta, ISTE CEO

Richard Culatta shares how their partnership with TED is helping educators tell their story. He also mentions ISTE’s new #DigCitCommit campaign which highlights school that are taking a digital approach to learning.

Alicia Duell, Director of Technology and Information services at Wheeling CCSD21

Alicia shares her story of getting fired from her dream job as a central office administrator. She shares how she thinks talking about failure and not seeing it as a weakness is critical for success.

“We should be modeling these qualities for out student and staff, and showing them through our own example that it’s OK to fail.” – Alicia Duell

Sharif El-Meeki, Founder of Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice and Director of The Center for Black Educator Development

Sharif El-Mekki made an emphasis on how important mindsets are, especially for how educators think about the communities they serve and the lessons they teach.

Phil Hansen, Artist

Phil opened up about his difficulties with a hand tremor that made what he loved to do, create art, very difficult, but after giving up, he found another approach to his passion.

“Embracing a limitation can actually drive creativity,” he said, “We need to first become limited to become limitless.”

Did you attend ISTE this year? Which speaker inspired you the most?

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Alexis graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She started working as a Marketing Associate for Edmentum in March 2018 and aspires to provide educators and students with resources that will make a difference in their day-to-day lives.