The big ISTE conference (formerly known as NECC) annoys me and fascinates me in equal measures. It is touted as the biggest and best edtech conference in the world, although BETT delegates might disagree and it is now pushing its "internationalist" angle. Interestingly, it is not scheduled to be held anywhere except the US for at least another 11 years. Now I'm just a critic from afar in my own little insular country, unlikely ever to set foot in the Blogger's Cafe, but I have a serious question for anyone who is willing to answer it.
I'm not looking to be a smart aleck and poke holes in any responses but I would like to know this.
What is it that one gets out of a visit to ISTE?
What changes to practice and consequently, learning results from attendance at this conference?
Can this be clearly seen within a defined period of time, say a year or six months?
I understand the personal gains, "meet your PLN" and all that but after that buzz subsides, what remains?
How does going to a mega-conference like ISTE actually make a difference at the level that counts, in the classroom or with the learner?
I write as someone who is not even going across town to go to the local CEGSA conference this year. I feel like I have nothing worth contributing at present and my family priorities are doing exactly that at present - taking priority. But I am genuinely interested in any responses, either here in the comments or on your own blog.