Get Connected at ASTE with Guidebook and Twitter

a. State the focus of the workshop and its relevance to the ASTE membership.
Over the past few conferences, ASTE has incorporated minimal use of a conference app (Guidebook) and other social media tools (Twitter). This is seen as a move to a “greener” conference that minimizes the printing of paper programs as well as addressing attendees’ call for an app-based program. For the 2017 conference, ASTE will more fully incorporate the premium features of the Guidebook conference app, features of which were used nominally in 2016. Similarly, a handful of attendees have used Twitter to promote sessions, network with other attendees, and engage in an asynchronous dialogue outside of sessions using the hashtag #ASTE2016. The ad hoc Technology Committee will more strongly promote ASTE’s social media presence for the 2017 conference.

Both Guidebook and Twitter offer apps for iOS and Android smartphone users, and web-based versions exist for users without smartphones. Guidebook ASTE 2017 will allow ASTE members to view the conference schedule by time slot, thread, or speaker, and will include abstracts of each session. Maps of the meeting rooms as well as general information about the conference and Des Moines will also be included. Advanced features include individualized scheduling, to-do lists, integration with Twitter, live polling, and the ability to upload presentation materials.

This workshop would coach ASTE members in how to make the most of the conference using Guidebook and Twitter.

b. Include an outline of the workshop that shows the sequence and duration of workshop activities.
• Introduction to Guidebook and Twitter
• Purpose and rationale
• Unique features and opportunities
• Exploration of how other organizations use these tools
• SITE, NARST, etc.
• Networking
• Promotion
• Communication and collaboration
• Guided walkthrough
• Creating accounts
• Uploading materials
• Connecting with colleagues
• Starting conversations

c. List the learning objectives of the workshop, briefly describe the instructional strategies you will be using, and how you will judge the effectiveness of your workshop.
Participants will be able to…
• Create personalized accounts in both Guidebook and Twitter
• Navigate the online program and #ASTE2017 posts
• Add content related to their conference presentations
• Digitally connect with other colleagues who are attending the conference

This workshop will provide step-by-step guidance to participants of any technological ability toward meeting the objectives listed above. We believe that participants’ use of Guidebook and Twitter will greatly depend on the coaching and support that they receive as these tools are being introduced. This workshop will be considered effective if participants are able to meet the objectives listed above.

d. Will you make yourself available to the participants after they return to their places of employment should they have questions or need assistance? How will you do this?
Participants can interact with us at any time using the very tools that we will be exploring in this session. Both Guidebook and Twitter allow users to directly message anyone, including those of us who would host this workshop. All members of the ad hoc Technology Committee are active users of both Guidebook and Twitter.

e. Explain who within the ASTE membership would be most interested in your presentation (e.g., methods instructors, educational researchers, curriculum developers, etc.) and why.
This workshop is intended for all ASTE members who wish to learn how to interact with other conference attendees and the organization as a whole using digital media such as Guidebook and Twitter. Specifically, this workshop would strive to meet the needs of members who wish to:
• Learn how to use the new Guidebook app in lieu of a paper program
• Participate more fully in Twitter conversations about the conference and ideas shared therein
• Interact with a broader ASTE audience using Guidebook and Twitter

f. Describe the expertise/experience of the workshop presenters to present in the topic area.
Dr. David Slykhuis is the current President of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). He has been involved with the ASTE technology committee and forum for many years. He has been instrumental in the organizing and awarding of the National Technology Leadership Initiative Fellowship for many years, winning the award in 2013. David helps lead and organize the National Technology Leadership Summit help annually in Washington, DC. He has been active on Twitter since 2009.

Dr. Joshua Ellis teaches Instructional Technology at Michigan Technological University. He is currently a member of the ASTE Technology Committee and co-chair of the NARST conference Strand 12: Educational Technology. He is a three-time National Technology Leadership Initiative Fellowship finalist whose research focuses on the role of technological affordances for improving online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. He has been active on Twitter since 2012.

g. Provide a budget for the workshop indicating the amount (if any) each participant will be charged. What is the number of people the workshop is intended to serve? If there is a cost for attendance, please specify how this money will be used. Indicate the material and technological needs for this workshop. What are the texts, handouts, videos, etc., required in order to implement this session?
There will be no costs associated with this workshop, as both Guidebook and Twitter are freely available to ASTE members. This workshop can theoretically serve any number of participants since there are no resource costs, although members of the ad hoc Technology Committee could reasonably support no more than 50 participants in a given session. A digital projector and a strong Wi-Fi signal in the workshop room would be essential.