ISTE Crowdsources Keynote Speaker

January 21, 2010 1 min read

Majority rules when it comes to picking the keynote speaker for the ISTE 2010 conference in Denver this June. The conference, formerly known as the National Educational Computing Conference, is the largest ed-tech gathering, drawing more than 12,000 educators, researchers, and vendors each year.

This year ISTE decided to tap the wisdom of that crowd and opened up voting to select the speaker for the opening keynote address, a process outlined on its blog here.

Voting is now closed, and, according to the vote tallies on ISTE’s Web site, it appears we have a winner: Hawaii educator Jeff Pionek.

He had some hefty competition, going up against Alan November, Chris Lehmann, Peter Reynolds, and Gary Stager. But Pionek got 35 percent of the vote.

Stager, who gave a rousing presentation at the conference in Washington last year, tweeted the announcement this afternoon, conceding in humble fashion that he felt like “the Dennis Kucinich of ISTE voting.”

Pionek is the author of “Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts...Oh My!” and a number of articles, including “Educating Jetson’s Children in Flintstone Schools.”

Did you vote? Will you be heading to Denver?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.