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"What if" is the seed of an idea that grows only when we dare to share it. When we allow many minds to dream and wonder, and add their what-ifs to ours, we nurture and grow great ideas.
At a backyard barbecue in Eugene, Oregon, a tight-knit group of forward-thinking K-12 and University of Oregon educators began asking, "What if ...?"
What if we gave students powerful tools allowing them to take charge of their learning?
What if we let students follow their passions and work with peers to solve problems?
What if teachers didn't lecture, but served as guides and collaborators?
What if we let computers do what they do best, freeing up humans to create, to dream, to change the world?
They began by connecting with others who shared their belief in the potential of educational technology. From there, ideas and inspiration spread geographically and generationally.
Nearly 40 years later, those what-ifs -- those seeds of great ideas -- have grown into a worldwide network of educators who are still dreaming big.
ISTE doesn't represent a constituency. We aren't an impersonal organization -- an acronym without a face or a heart. ISTE represents a movement, and our community is the driving force.
Because, ultimately, it's not about the technology at all. It's about changing the way learning and teaching takes place to make it more meaningful and impactful for educators and learners around the globe.
It's about working together to turn what-ifs into what is.
We're educators who rely on the ISTE Standards and Essential Conditions to lead us through the complexities of the digital age.
We're educators who come together to learn, connect and collaborate face to face at the ISTE Conference & Expo.
We're educators who share tips and ideas, inspiration and lessons learned via ISTE Professional Learning Networks.
We're educators who seek professional learning to learning stay on the cutting edge of digital age learning.
We're educators who rely on guidance from peers, in-depth coverage of the state of digital age learning and the latest ed tech news and content.
We're educators who know that to really make a difference, each one of us needs to shed light on the importance of ed tech advocacy.
The vision of ISTE is a world where all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.
As the creator and steward of the definitive education technology standards, our mission is to empower learners to flourish in a connected world by cultivating a passionate professional learning community, linking educators and partners, leveraging knowledge and expertise, advocating for strategic policies, and continually improving learning and teaching.