Sunday, October 23, 2016

7 Ways #TLTechLive Ensured You Caught It All

Innovative educators love staying connected to the latest information, news, trends, and updates at great conferences that take place across the year. The frustrating part is that you can't go to every conference and even if you do, you can't attend every session you hope to.  At least that's how things used to be. Today, innovative conference organizers can help address this issue by harnessing the power of technology to change that.

At #TLTechLive the following strategies were implemented to capture everything anyone interested may have missed.  Check them out and see which ones make sense for your next event. Notice something missing? Please share in the comments.

1) Hashtag: The hashtag is the foundation to stay connected, maintain consistency, and keep the conversation going. Tech & Learning Live used #TLTechLive. This hashtag was on the program, participant name tags, session poster boards, and it was the wifi password. Everything appeared on the social hub at http://www.techlearning.com/tltechlive/.

2) Presenter List On Twitter: Make it easy to follow presenters by making a list of them on Twitter. This list was called #TLTechLive NJ Presenters and is found at https://twitter.com/InnovativeEdu/lists/tltechlive-nj-presenters

3) Post Materials: Never worry about missing a slide or capturing what it said because all materials are shared at http://www.techlearning.com/live/program/princeton/33.

4) Facebook Group: Create a Facebook Group before the conference to generate excitement before the event and give participants a place to keep the conversation going. The Facebook group reinforces the hashtag and is aptly named #TLTechLive and is found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TLTechLive/

5) Social Media Booth: Not everyone knows how to follow a hashtag or write a killer Tweet.  Make sure everyone knows how to stay connected with a social media booth manned by an expert who can help lead the way.

At #TLTechLive, the social media booth even had a Twitter Scavenger Hunt which encouraged participants to share their knowledge far and wide using the conference hashtag.


6) Livestream: Livestream your sessions for those who couldn't attend or those who want to go back to be reminded of what they heard. Ask your conference presenters to jump in and help make that happen. You can catch the livestreamed sessions at http://tinyurl.com/tltechlivestreamingNJ16

7) Storify: Recap the conference social media feed to provide an overview of the day. The #TLTechLive Storify below is captured courtesy of tech teacher, Eileen Lennon. You can view it below.
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