Are you a first-time attendee? Start here!


Attending a conference as large as the ISTE Conference & Expo can be thrilling and a bit overwhelming. We’re here to help! The more you prepare for ISTE 2017 and explore the new learning opportunities, the more enjoyable and productive your experience will be. Consider what you want to know today as well as what knowledge you’ll need to improve your instruction, advance your leadership skills, and empower learners.

Before the conference

  • Book your hotel — rooms fill up quickly — and explore nearby restaurants and attractions.
  • Follow @ISTEConnects on Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #ISTE17.
  • Use the program guide to find your preferred session types — from playgrounds and posters to workshops, BYODs and interactive lectures.
  • Browse the full program and sort by day, time, format, grade, subject or another filter.
  • Use My Favorites to save sessions you’re interested in.
  • Connect with other attendees in the ISTE 2017 network.
  • Access your member benefits now! Attendees are also ISTE members, so connect with fellow members immediately, meet them face to face in San Antonio and learn from them throughout the year.
  • Download the conference mobile app. Available in May.

At the conference

  • Come to the registration area in the main lobby for your badge and welcome treat!
  • Tour the convention center with knowledgeable and entertaining guides. Check the app or ask onsite for times.
  • Meet other newbies at the First-Timer Booth during the Networking Fair, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Socialize with other attendees while enjoying small bites and beverages at the Welcome Celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Morning Meet-up! Hear from fellow attendees about what sessions they’re going to and get the highlights of the day at the Member Lounge from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m.
  • Be flexible when selecting sessions. Many fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early and have a back-up plan. Find out which sessions are recorded or simulcast throughout the convention center.
  • Strike up a conversation and ask questions of the session speakers and attendees. ISTE members are a friendly bunch, and some of the best conversations happen in hallways and while waiting for coffee.

After the conference

  • Fill out the overall conference evaluation. Your feedback is important and appreciated.
  • Download a certificate of attendance and get a list of your attended sessions, which may be eligible for continuing education or graduate credits.
  • Access session recordings. All attendees and ISTE members can access the recordings of more than 40 sessions when they become available in mid-July.
  • Check your email inbox for follow-up resources from the conference.
  • Take full advantage of your ISTE membership by joining your peers in one of our PLNs, enjoying discounts on ISTE books and courses, and getting involved with ISTE initiatives.

Keep the momentum going and stay connected with your ISTE membership year round! Here is a taste for what’s in store for you at the conference.

See you in San Antonio!

Conference blog

Learn about ISTE 2017 presenters, sessions and keynotes, delve into edtech topics and find tips for navigating the conference.

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San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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