Sunday, March 14, 2010

KySTE Conference 2010

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Wow. Awesome. Incredible. Amazing. Unbelievable. Those are all words that were used to describe the KySTE Spring 2010 Conference this past week at the Galt House in Louisville, KY. Those words came from attendees, presenters, vendors and KySTE staff.

KySTE 2010 featured keynote addresses from Angela Maiers and Dr. Terry Holliday (Education commissioner for KY). It also had nearly 200 sessions from vendors and school district teachers, administrators and leaders. Nearly 115 vendors packed the exhibit hall - showcasing their latest and greatest to all.

I didn't have the opportunity to attend many sessions because of my duties as an officer for the organization, but all those whom I spoke with had no complaints. In fact, I heard repeatedly that this conference was the best educational technology conference KY has seen in a long, long time.

Hats off to the entire KySTE staff, Office of Education Technology, our vendor partners, the Galt House and city of Louisville. Everyone came together to achieve what few of us thought we could do in a short period of time.

Preparations are already under way for next year - will you be there?

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Erin Waggoner said...

YES, I will be there. By far the best Tech Conference I have been to in my four short years in the field. When KySTE president announced the date of next year's conference, all of the people from my district turned to me and said "We're coming again, right?" Well done KySTE, well done.

Lindsey said...

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