Sounds like the premise of a movie right? It was actually the lineup of vehicles I used on my way home from the ISTE 2016 Conference in Denver. It was quite comical afterwards and I even have 27 likes on my Fb post at press time.
This convoy is actually part of my firsts - the first time I’ve ridden a light rail. Although I’ve been to Chicago and hometown Cincinnati is in the final stages of light rail installation, I’d never had to navigate using this system. When I first landed in Denver, I had no idea of how to find let alone ride the train. An $80 cab ride to my hotel made map reading my first order of business! (Oh and to the left is my first BitMoji attempt downloaded during the conference, Like!)
After a brisk 15 minute walk and armed with a plethora of notes on ISTE sessions and a newly purchased copy of Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku in anticipation of his keynote that evening, I settled in at the train station to await the H-line. A flash of color in my peripheral caught my attention. A woman in a brightly colored dress and matching sun hat shading her from the 90° sun sat next to me. Asking me if she was getting on the correct train, I smiled and wished us the best. She introduced herself as Dr. Jane Hunter, from Australia, and we chatted technology integration in the classroom the entire 20-minute ride. Here I was on my first train ride with the first person I’ve ever met from Australia on my way to my first ISTE conference! Wow, this was SO awesome!
As with our trip to Blackboard World last year in DC, it wasn’t all business in Denver either. I was invited by the Acer team to a Rockies game at Coors Field. Although a few of us left before seeing the Rockies comeback win, I enjoyed getting a chance to meet our out-of-town contacts and look forward to the next time Jennifer, Nidhi, and Chris visit Cincinnati.
I’m going to have to say the highlight of my trip was meeting Michio Kaku after his keynote Sunday evening. A small group of us lined up patiently in a side theater for his Q & A session followed by a book signing. My plan for the month prior to the conference had been to get a picture of the two of us and post it as my first tweet ever. I knew none of the other 14k attendees had that idea!
Needless to say there was such a connection of the minds that the conference staff supplied a photographer who patiently snapped pictures of Michio and his giddily grinning groupies. I hurried to a side seat and sent out what you see below... #MyFirstTweet!