I took a new approach to my annual list of who/what you need to be following while attending #ISTE2015 this year. I looked through both the #ISTE2015 program and my complete followers list on Twitter. I checked anyone who had been particularly useful to me this year against this year – or past – ISTE programs. If I found them in both places I added them to the list. Interestingly enough, I did not limit myself to people only and STILL six from my #ISTE2014 list last year made this year’s list again … they must be good, huh?

15 to Follow at #ISTE2015

Here are the Top Fifteen to Follow for #ISTE2015:

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Must Follows for #ISTE2015

So you're going to ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia? Great! Here's what/who you should be following:

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ISTE 2015 - EdTech Karaoke

Join us on Tuesday June 30 from 7PM - 11PM for our ETK homecoming event at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia! The finest educational tools and organizations are coming together to show their continued support for educators. Come enjoy a night of networking with fellow educators and ISTE attendees while singing your heart out and meeting your online network in real life!


#NotatISTE hashtag on Twitter

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#NotatISTE hashtag on Twitter

Not everyone will be at the conference, but that does not mean they should be left out. Watch this hashtag during the conference for some interesting exchanges!

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Laura Briggs (@LauraBTRT) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Laura Briggs (@LauraBTRT). Technology Resource Teacher, Online Course Designer/Facilitator, ISTE Mobile Learning Network President, STEM Camp Director. Northern Virginia

Catch Laura at Mobile Learning Network Reception, Sunday, June 28, 8:00–10:00 pm, the Mobile MEGAshare Preconference on Saturday, June 27, 2:00–6:00 pm, and the Mobile Learning Playground: Block Party at the Makerspace, Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–1:00 pm.

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Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler). Author 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom http://t.co/CeGP3gEoaW Google Certified Teacher, NMCk12 Ambassador, MIE, gamification, #coffeeEDU #profchat. Fresno, CA

You can find this higher ed, Google guru at the Mobile MEGAshare Preconference, Saturday, June 27, 2:00–6:00 pm, also at Snapshot 2 of 2: NMC K-12 Horizon Report: Behind the Scenes Tuesday, June 30, 4:00–5:00 pm, and The Changing Role of the Chief Technology Officer: Supporting Blended Instruction
Monday, June 29, 12:45–1:45 pm

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ISTE 2015: Ready for Making?

Two years ago, the word "maker" was barely found on the ISTE program.
Check this link for an article by @smartinez on the maker presence at this year's ISTE conference.
While you're at it follow her on Twitter too.

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Jane McGonigal (@avantgame) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Jane McGonigal (@avantgame). The opposite of play isn't work. It's depression. Get my new book SUPERBETTER! (it's powered by the science of games.) http://t.co/tN8dShLIIW. San Francisco
Jane McGonigal was the opening keynote speaker at ISTE in San Antonio in 2013 and persuaded many in the audience that day that gaming was needed by today's students.

Follow her on Twitter for continued inspiration.

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Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1). Connected Educator-Speaker-Writer. Cataloging for education http://t.co/RqDGrjmOi8 #edchat moderator. Technology gives even the quietest student a global voice. Lakeland, FL
Catch Jerry in *any *Twitter chat filling you in on a page he has painstakingly curated for resources for teachers... I think he has ALL subjects covered!
You can catch him at ISTE at his Twitter 101: Build Your Personal Learning Network (WM316) Tuesday, June 30, 12:30–2:00 pm - it is a Explore and Create: Workshop, so it is an additional cost, but this guy would be worth the price of admission.

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Nikki D Robertson (@NikkiDRobertson) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Nikki D Robertson (@NikkiDRobertson). Nikki D Robertson: EdCampATL CoFounder, #TLChat Moderator, TL News Night Anchor, School lib turned Inst. Tech Facilitator, seeks collaboration w/other educators. Huntsville, AL
You can catch up with Nikki at ISTE2015 Twitter Chat Moderators, Monday, June 29, 5:30–6:45 pm.

Nikki is prolific and would be a wonderful addition to your Follows - immediately - if you are interested in digital literacies.

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John Hardison (@JohnHardison1) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from John Hardison (@JohnHardison1). Father, Husband, Friend, High School Language Arts Interactive Educator, and Forward Thinker (opinions are my own). North Georgia
Previous ISTE presenter and current blogger John has a high energy that is contagious, even via Twitter.
Check out this educator's take on High School American Lit - the way you only wish you were taught!
I've got money on it - John is actually a long-lost relative of @KevinHoneycutt

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ISTE 2015 Mobile App

Explore the ISTE 2015 mobile app! Learn more at isteconference.org/mobile

It is wonderful how often the information is updated. Just remember to have your charger handy because the updates run at the cost of your battery sometimes.

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Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher). father, husband, teacher, runner, speaker, writer, learner...always looking to be better. Author of The New Teacher Revolution. (2012 IL Teacher of the Year). suburban chicago
Josh is this year's closing keynote speaker, but he has had plenty to say on Twitter - if you haven't been following him jump on the bandwagon before the closing keynote!

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Kevin Honeycutt  (@kevinhoneycutt) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Kevin Honeycutt  (@kevinhoneycutt). Husband & father, School Board member USD 448, Former 1/12 Art Instructor, Consultant for http://t.co/Kt3VuiDrmj, Global speaker, Artist, ArtSnacks creator, ADE. Inman Kansas
Catch Kevin at the The Changing Role of the Chief Technology Officer: Supporting Blended Instruction, Monday, June 29, 12:45–1:45 pm, a Listen and Learn: Panel while at ISTE this year. But make an effort to see him solo and let his positive enthusiasm for teaching and learning shine.
I've got money on it - Kevin is actually a long-lost relative of @JohnHardison1

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Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff). Director of Personalized Professional Learning for Denver Public Schools #dpsk12. Passionate about Online Communities of Practice and being human together. Learning is Change. Littleton, Co

Follow Ben on Twitter, but also check out what he is doing on Google+ where he hosts some very in-depth Hangouts around and with Professional Learning in mind.

You can catch up with him at ISTE this year:
The Future Will Be Gif'ed: Flipping Learning Using Animated Gifs (B235), Monday, June 29, 2:30–3:30 pm
Explore and Create: BYOD
Personalized Learning Isn't Just for Kids...Educators Need Personalization Too!, Tuesday, June 30, 5:15–6:30 pm
Engage and Connect: Birds-of-a-feather
Learning between the Sheets: How Google Sheets Can Run Classrooms/Schools/Districts (B432), Wednesday, July 1, 1:15–2:15 pm
Explore and Create: BYOD

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George Couros (@gcouros) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from George Couros (@gcouros). Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for #PSD70. Speaker. Consultant. Dog-Lover. Legacy is not defined in what you have, but what you give. Edmonton

My administrator of choice when I want to be inspired as to what can be - and should be - in education.

Catch George at his lecture, Developing the Innovator's Mindset on Monday, June 29, 2:30–3:30 pm

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Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby). Author,Blogger, HS/MS Tchr 34 yrs, HigherEd 6 yrs.Founder #Edchat, EDU PLN,Edchat Radio, 6 Linkedin Edu Grps. BLOG My Island View http://t.co/ZKlpqrApae. Long Island, New York

Always a favorite and must read on Twitter, this connected educator and blogger can challenge anyone to clarify their thoughts and motivation for their beliefs.

Catch Tom on these panels at ISTE:
Edutopia Bloggers Panel: Technology in PBL, Monday, June 29, 12:45–1:45 pm
The Connected Educator Panel, Wednesday, July 1, 8:30–9:30 am