By Rosan Cable, VP Communications
There is still time to register for either ISTE or ALA. If the costs seem prohibitive, ask administrators for funding out of this or next year's budget, find other people to room with via Twitter, Facebook, or your own network of friends, and registering early helps defray costs as well as being a member of the associations.
If these conferences are of interest to you but you cannot attend this year, you can apply for first-timer grants; however, this must be done ahead of time, usually starting in the fall. Funding help ideas for ISTE seem to change annually while ALA’s grants remain consistent. There are many to choose from at the ALA Grant page. Start planning NOW for next year’s conference. Meanwhile, listen to the Twitter chatter, Facebook posts, and Snapchat stories. Even not being there, you can learn a great deal from those who share ideas on social media.