We used a local start up company, QLUE, to assist with our AppMazing Race. Participants had such a great time with this scavenger hunt that forced them to use a variety of apps and online tools to participate. There were over 30 teams that participated with a group from Los Fresnos winning iWatches.
My instructional technology specialists, Rosie Fluegel, Raquel Cantu, Daniel Galeana, and Gonzalo Sandoval worked tirelessly for the last 8 months to make everything a success. Other committee members also helped make iPadPaloozaSTX a success, you can find out about them here: committee. Our closing survey gave us a wealth of knowledge on how we can make next year even better. Participants want longer sessions that are more hands on, shade when waiting for food truck orders, and for us to be an annual festival. The Rio Grande Valley culture allowed us to be bright and fun!
We even had LoTECHeria where participants looked for Bingo cards on twitter to get BINGO! The winner received an iWATCH.
I can't leave without thanking ALL my wonderful SPONSORS who gave us wonderful prizes to share with our educators! They all ROCK!
Next year, iPadPaloozaSTX will be held August 4th and 5th of 2016. We are working on a killer line up of keynotes and have already added a student film festival to take place. As I sit back and reflect on the whole festival, I feel blessed. We all worked extremely hard and it paid off. If you are looking for a unique tech learning festival, join us next year for iPadPaloozaSTX16!