I am counting down the days to the 2019 CSTA Annual Conference. How about you?
My countdown actually began at the start of the month when we held a special #csk8 Twitter chat about Getting the Most from #CSTA2019. Here’s some of the wisdom shared during and after the chat to help you make the most of the conference!
Why should CS teachers & teachers of CS attend the 2019 CSTA Conference?
For me, a CSTA conference is THE place to be because I don’t have to search the schedule for sessions that are CS related – they’re ALL CS related.
This will be the largest CSTA Annual Conference ever. Come & make history with us!
I think CS teachers & teachers of CS should attend #CSTA2019 because it’s a great opportunity to network. I always meet so many amazing educators at this conference and gain a plethora of resources to use in my classroom.
I went for the first time last year, and really felt like it was the BEST PD/conference I attended all summer. We have so much available freely and online, but there was just something AWESOME about connecting with other CS educators in person.
If you’ll be in Phoenix before Tuesday when sessions begin and you’re not attending pre-conference workshops or the Chapter Leadership Summit, what can you do to get your learning started and/or to network with fellow attendees?
Visit the exhibit hall on Monday afternoon and evening – yes, it’s open before the conference officially starts and during the conference, of course!
My favorite thing before sessions start on Tuesday are the Birds-of-a-Feather sessions on Monday evening – casual conversations with like-minded CS educators! Yes, you can go to these even if you didn’t register for any workshops.
Come early and earn a certification in the Certiport Lab which is open on Monday from noon – 5pm and during the conference, if you aren’t in Phoenix early.
Don’t forget the Welcome Reception on Monday evening starting at 5:30pm.
How do you choose from the 40+ sessions, 3 mini-session blocks w/8 minis, and 12 posters at #CSTA2019?
Posters are new this year. Definitely stop by these to see the amazing projects that CS teachers are doing in their classrooms.
Go for variety. Try some sessions that include ideas/topics that you may have never considered.
If you are attending with others from your school or district, split up and attend different sessions and share what you learned!
Use the filters on program to search by keyword for topics and grade levels.
I’m a planner and like to go through the program before a conference and make a list of all of the sessions I would like to attend and that apply to the grade levels I teach. I can’t possibly go to them all but I can use the list to check for resources that may have been shared later.
What suggestions do you have for networking and social activities after conference hours?
There will be a Whiteboard in the registration area where you can add after hour plans or see what others are planning and sign up if you’re interested in joining. Make sure to check it out!
Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself & to network with others. CSTA Conference attendees are the best! Ask around as to what is going on. Just do it!
Grab some peers to network and celebrate Taco Tuesday. It’s a great way to experience Phoenix like a local!
If you’re doing something with a group, invite someone new along.
Is there anything else you would like to share about getting the most from the 2019 CSTA Conference?
Make sure to exchange contact information with people that you meet at #CSTA2019 … maybe even bring a business card with contact information that you can hand out.
I LOVE learning about awesome, free curriculum available to all CS educators. We will have an incredible array of offerings for our kiddos right at our fingertips in the exhibit hall. The exhibitors do a great job showing off those tools!
Go up and say “hi” to people. Don’t be afraid to join a discussion!
Be sure to play the Conference Game. Not only will it be lots of fun but it will give you reasons to talk to people!
Don’t just sit with friends at meals. Find someone in a session you attend to have lunch with or ask to join others at a table.
There you have it … some crowd-sourced ideas to help you have a great CSTA 2019 Conference. I thank the #csk8 chatters for their ideas and their ongoing support of the #csk8 Twitter chat. I can’t wait to see them and all of you in Phoenix! If you’re not able to be there, make sure to follow all the fun on the #CSTA2019 hashtag!