All of the sessions that were iPad friendly. Because this is the world of technology and we are gearing our students that way, it was very important to me to attend all sessions that were about iPad, specific apps, etc. Although I do not own an iPad (wish I had one) I feel as though these types of devices are the way of the future and as educators, we must prepare ourselves and educate ourselves on them.
My favorite thing about the NSTA 2013 was the great inspiring sessions and workshop available for us as patrons. The sessions allowed us to select those that will assist us in making necessary choices to incorporate within our classroom such as STEM for the 21st Century skills.
I think my favorite part would have to be the workshops I attended from the Perimeter Institute. Modern and Quantum Physics is so hard to explain and teach to students because there is no single right answer to the current topics. I was so excited to get curriculum and information on how to present this to my students so that they were able to think for themselves and just have time to be creative and innovative.
Apple and Oranges so here are my 3 favorites.
1. The field trip I went on to see 8 - 10 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats emerge from Bracken Cavae.
2. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute programs where I learned a lot and got lots of high quality materials for my learning and for the classroom.
3. The exhibits. AAAS was truly great. You dealt with those of us who knew what you were and about your projects as politely as you did with the teachers who walked up and said, "What's AAAS? By the way, I still love Project 2061, and we have more years to go!!!!!!
My favorite thing about the 2013 NSTA conference was watching Bob Becker performed like 20 different chemistry experiments. It was apart of Flinn Scientific. It was to me the highlight of the conference. I teach physical science in the state of Virginia. I walked away from that presentation amazed and wanted to do even more hands on activities in my classroom for my students. It truly was inspiring..