Why Attend ASTE?
Dear (insert boss's name),
From February 25-28, more than 500 Teachers, Education Technologists, IT personnel and Superintendents will gather in Anchorage to learn new skills, discover emerging technologies, and connect with each other at ASTE Conference ( Alaska Society for Technology in Education). I know that I'll come home with skills that will help me make (insert your school's name) more successful. Here are a few of the ways that (insert your school's name) will benefit from my attendance at ASTE:
Break new ground -- There's no doubt that our students' future success will depend on their ability to become digital citizens and understand the technology that their generation is dependent on for work and personal life. This is where I'll see how teachers in other schools are already teaching these skills successfully and where I'll figure out how to adapt our own schools' approach to our curriculum demands.
Become more productive -- ASTE will help me work smarter and faster, starting the very next day. I'll learn how to take my current lessons and convert them to highly interactive and engaging presentations using technology available on line. I'll attend hands-on training sessions and learn from real-world case studies of success.
Upgrade our organization's skills -- The Conference is packed with sessions that directly relate to the content I'm teaching now and the content we will need me to do next. Plus, I can sit down with you and pick the sessions that are most applicable to our schools needs.
Learn from the experts -- All ASTE sessions are taught by the best of the best -- the kind of people you don't just run into every day. At the same time, they can share their years of experience regarding what works and what doesn't.
Bring home best practices -- ASTE attendees come from districts all over the state, and vendors from all over the world are there to demonstrate the latest in classroom technology. Enterprise attendees include employees from Google, Discovery Learning, Smart Technolgies , Promethean, Schoolwires, Apple just to name a few. That means I'll be able to exchange ideas and build one-on-one relationships with people who have dealt with the same challenges our organization is facing and learn how they tackled those challenges. And when I leave, they'll be a part of our district's extended network.
Bring new visionary energy to our work -- I'll be exposed to new ways of thinking about our projects and some of the coolest, boundary-pushing, experimental work out there. In previous years past attendees said they left ASTE inspired to innovate. So I'll go home ready to push our own organization's boundaries.
Know that it's worth the investment -- The majority of those who attended ASTE in 2011 said the event exceeded their expectations at providing opportunities for learning tips, tricks, and the latest educational trends in technology.
(insert your name)