by Perry Solomon
Having returned from our first time exhibiting at the International Society for Technology in Education conference, or ISTE, Aleratec did what most exhibitors do after a big trade show. We held a meeting. The discussion, however, was not a typical post-show recap of what we as a company gained from exhibiting. Rather, it was a free flow discussion of what we as a company learned from attending ISTE 2014 and from the many educators who stopped by the Aleratec booth to view our new Portable Device Management (PDM) products for tablet deployment in classrooms.
Lesson 1: Educators at ISTE Are Open, Enthusiastic and Willing to Share Ideas
Not quite knowing what to expect as a first time exhibitor, we were immediately impressed by the attendance of around 16,000, and many administrators, educators and IT managers stopped by the booth. Being surrounded by so many enthusiastic leaders in education was inspirational to our team as almost every visitor had an idea or input to share with us about charging, syncing and managing tablets.
Lesson 2: ISTE Educators Are Skilled Networkers
Networking, via social media and person-to-person, was a powerful force on the ISTE tradeshow floor. Educators go to ISTE to learn and spread the word about best practices, new technologies or any product or service that can improve the K-12 learning process. While social and traditional networking permeates every industry, educators take tweeting, posting and meeting to a new level, and we were pleased by the visitors who tweeted and posted about Aleratec PDM.
Lesson 3: Educators at ISTE Engage in New Technology
One could feel the level of excitement from attendees curious about the newest technologies for the classroom. From the latest tablets and laptops, to new teaching software, educators are embracing new technologies and products designed to enhance teaching and learning.
Lesson 4: ISTE Educators are Resourceful When They Have to Be
From makeshift plastic tubs with power strips glued inside, to home-made charging hubs held together with tape, we heard amusing tales of how resourceful educators have to be when it comes to keeping tablets charged, synced and secure. When visitors to our booth saw how the Aleratec Charge and Guard Secure Charge/Sync Cabinet 16, Charge and Sync Station 16, and the Charge and Sync Station Mini 10 could put an end to these makeshift contraptions, there were visible expressions of relief. Hint: Stay tuned for a “Photo Contest” on this very subject from Aleratec soon!
Final Lesson: ISTE 2015
ISTE 2014 was a great success for Aleratec Portable Device Management, and we immediately signed up for twice the booth space for Philadelphia next year. We look forward to an even better show, meeting new people and re-connecting with all the educators we met who prove once and for all that people who do things the best—teach!
See you in Philly!