ISTE Live is right around the corner, and whether you’re attending in-person or virtually, there are sure to be plenty of can’t-miss learning opportunities and experiences to be had.

We’re so excited to make our way down to New Orleans (Booth 2343 if you’re around!) that we decided to put together a list of some ISTE Live sessions we’re especially excited for this year. Check them out below!

What’s New With Google Classroom?

Host: Google

Date/Time: Monday, June 27 | 12:30-1:00 P.M. CDT

Location: MCCNO, 283-5

Available virtually: Yes, as recording

Description: Classroom has some exciting developments that continue to make it a centralized place for teaching and learning. We'll share how we're applying AI to help create a personal learning experience with practice sets. Come learn about the newest features that Google announced at The Anywhere School on June 7th.

Why we’re excited: Google Classroom is one of the most popular LMS tools around, and its ubiquity has only increased since the pandemic forced school districts across the planet to adopt a digital-first approach. As a Google EdTech Partner, we’re always interested in the latest and greatest from Classroom!

Analyzing Student Data With Google Sheets

Host: Eric Curts (Twitter)

Date/Time: Monday, June 27 | 1:00-1:30 P.M. CDT

Location: MCCNO, 263

Available virtually: Yes, as recording

Description: Google Sheets can be a powerful way to analyze your students' data, look for patterns and trends, and identify student strengths and weaknesses. Take the mystery out of Sheets and gain insight about your students with features including sorting, filtering, formulas, sparklines, charts and graphs, conditional formatting, pivot tables, and more.

Why we’re excited: Eric Curts drops edtech knowledge on a regular basis over on his blog, Control Alt Achieve. Sheets is a powerful tool for analyzing classroom data, but it can be a little intimidating if your eyes tend to glaze over at the sight of a spreadsheet. This practical, functional session is a must-go for any educators looking to take a more data-driven approach to instruction next school year.

Google Practice Sets - Transform Your Content into Interactive Assignments

Host: Bill Vacca (Twitter)

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 28 | 2:30-3:00 P.M. CDT

Location: MCCNO, 263

Available virtually: Yes, as recording

Description: Practice sets is a Classroom feature that lets teachers transform their existing content into engaging and interactive assignments. In this session, educators will learn how to use practice sets to automate grading, identify concepts that need review, and provide students with built-in hints and resources to support them as they work.

Why we’re excited: You may know Bill (aka Mr. Vacca) from his popular YouTube channel, where you’ll find him offering actionable tips and tricks for all things Google in the classroom. Practice Sets is a powerful Google Classroom feature that could be a game-changer in your classroom next school year.

Personalized, Competency-Based Learning + Google

Host: Matthew Winters (Twitter)

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 29 | 11:00-11:30 A.M. CDT

Location: MCCNO, 263

Available virtually: Yes, as recording

Description: Personalized, Competency-Based Learning helps teachers to highlight and reinforce learner voice and choice within their classrooms. Google for Edu's products offer some amazing, quick in-roads to outfitting your classroom with a PCBL mindset. Let's explore some simple ways that Google for Edu can be used in any classroom to help ignite learner choice and voice.

Why we’re excited: We believe that the right tech can be a powerful tool in the persuit of a personalized learning experience for every student. Matthew’s session promises to shed light on some “quick wins” on the path to Personalized, Competency-Based Learning (PCBL).

Dive into Drive Organization

Host: Elizabeth Byam (Twitter)

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 29 | 11:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M. CDT

Location: MCCNO, 263

Available virtually: Yes, as recording

Description: Google Drive is a fantastic resource to keep and organize all things Google. However, if you don't have a method to your organization's madness your Drive can become quite overwhelming. In this session, you will learn a few tricks and tips for finding what type of organization works best now and when you head back to the classroom.

Why we’re excited: Google Drive can be an educator’s best friend, or…not so much.  A Google Drive in disarray can cause more headaches than it relieves. Summer is a great time to get your Google Drive game on point so you can start next school year off right.

Google Across the Curriculum

Hosts: Kelli Deranger (Twitter), Kristin Dupuy, Lindsey Keely, Angela Kiser (Twitter)

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 29 | 2:00-3:00 P.M. CDT

Location: MCCNO, 356-7

Available virtually: All-Access and Year-Round PD packages only

Description: Participants will explore how Google Workspace can complement various curricula in ELA, science, social studies, and math. Participants will explore a variety of examples to extend their use of Google Workspace tools! Go beyond the basics as we discuss model lessons and integration ideas in the modern Google classroom.

Why we’re excited: Even Google Classroom pros can benefit from a fresh perspective. We’re looking forward to learning some practical tips and tricks from these savvy Google Educators!

Data-Driven Professional Development

Hosts: Kim Leblanc (Twitter), Pat Nicholson

Date/Time: Sunday, June 26 | 2:00-3:00 P.M. CDT

Location: MCCNO, Posters (La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom), Table 1

Available virtually: No

Description: Learn how the CPSB Technology Training center uses data that is gathered from teachers and students twice each year to drive the professional development that is offered.

Why we’re excited: Here at Schoolytics, our eyes light up when we see the phrase “data-driven”. Whether it’s instruction or PD, we’re big believers in harnessing the power of the countless data points classrooms, schools, and districts generate every day to inform decision-making and produce better outcomes for teachers and their students.

Data-Driven Students: Increasing Student Accountability in the Classroom

Host: Jennifer Potts

Date/Time: Monday, June 27 | 7:30-8:15 A.M. CDT

Location: Virtual

Description: This session will present strategies that I have used in my own classroom to engage students in data analysis in order to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning. Attendees can expect to learn strategies that they can take back and implement in their own classrooms and schools.

Why we’re excited: Student accountability is an under-discussed benefit of data-driven classrooms. When students are given a real-time, objective view of performance, they’re empowered to take ownership of their learning journey. That intrinsic motivation can be a game-changer in the classroom!

These are just a few of the amazing sessions we’re looking forward to at ISTE Live in New Orleans. What are some sessions you’d like to see on this list? Let us know on Twitter or stop by our booth (2343) to chat. See you in the Big Easy!