Dear Future Me #iste2015

by Kristie Burk

Last week I attended a conference from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE 2015) in Philadelphia. Along with the other 20,000+ people in attendance, I was completely overwhelmed with everything the conference had to offer. I plan to spend the next few weeks in Evernote, reading through all of my notes as well as the 80+ notes taken by my colleagues in their sessions.

Over the next few weeks as we digest what we’ve learned, we will be sharing our favorite tips, resources, and ideas from the conference with you. Today, I’d like to share an awesome website called Future Me.

Josh Stumpenhorst talked about the site in his closing keynote.  Stumpenhorst, a junior high school history and English teacher, was the 2011-12 Illinois Teacher of the Year, ISTE Emerging Leader, and author of the book The New Teacher Revolution.  

Toward the end of his keynote, Stumpenhorst asked each of us to compose a letter to our future selves using futureme.org. The concept of the website is simple. You send an email to yourself by picking a future date in time.

How cool is that?

There are so many great uses for futureme.org in education. You can write about what you want to accomplish and then send an email into the future to hold yourself accountable. In September, you can have students write themselves a future me email to be delivered on the last day of school. Worried about burnout in February? Send yourself an uplifting message or words of encouragement today!

If you’re so inclined, you can also read the future me email messages that have been made public.

“Dear Future Me lets us eavesdrop on the silly, serious, hilarious, and heartbreaking conversations that ordinary people have with the extraordinary people they hope–or fear–they will someday become, providing a fascinating view of the human mind on its one-way trip through time.”

– Daniel Gilbert
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Try it today and let us know what you did at dtowntechchat.wordpress.com!

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