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Starting an after-school maker club can help draw kids into your makerspace and get them engaged in tinkering, especially in schools that aren’t quite ready to integrate making into their curriculum.
Jennie Magiera shows educators how to bring “edventures,” or experiential learning, into the structures teachers have to work within.
Try these five simple strategies to make learning more accessible for all students.
Watch this Ignite talk to learn how you can boost student motivation and engagement with a badging program.
Founder and CEO of littleBits Ayah Bdeir shares her advice for igniting students' imaginations and getting them engaged in STEM.
In this EdTekTalk, Code.org and Hour of Code co-founder Hadi Partovi explains why schools in the digital age must teach computer science as a foundational skill, just like biology and math — and why the U.S. is missing a major economic opportunity if they don't.
Got a great ed tech lesson plan, 1:1 rollout or scalable program you've implemented at your school or district? Why not submit a ISTE 2016 conference proposal and share with other educators.
Inspired by the animated character Ms. Frizzle and enabled by a 1:1 program, third grade teacher Michelle Cordy gives her students experiences that take them beyond the walls of the classroom.
Education has had some big successes in Washington, D.C., this year and the biggest success of all was passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Michelle Cordy, a third grade teacher from Ontario, Canada, calls herself an applied researcher. She believes more teachers need to be researchers who test out new approaches and analyze the results.
Districts from around the country are spending millions on mobile devices and many are allowing students to bring their own technology to school. But effective learning with tech doesn't happen magically.
At the ISTE 2016 Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest, company representatives had five minutes to pitch their ideas followed by a three-minute question-and-answer session with judges. The winners of this year's competition were Books that Grow and Cogent Education.
ISTE tapped celebrity ISTE authors who are experts in subjects like flipped learning, cybersafety, digital citizenship and personalized learning for a Hollywood Squares type game at ISTE 2016.
Ruha Benjamin, a keynote speaker at ISTE 2016, thinks children should not have to lose who they are to be leaders in science.
Participants in the ISTE Game Show at the TIP Pavilion in the expo hall found learning to be fun and games.
The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are aspirational and amplify student voice.
With the refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students completed and ready for unveiling Monday at ISTE 2016, the attention now turns to revamping the ISTE Standards for Teachers.
If you’ve never been to an ISTE conference before, there are two words you need to keep in mind: It’s big.
Whether you’re traveling from across town or from across the world, the best part of the conference is sharing with other people.
Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has some advice on how educators can inspire students to be big thinkers. The ISTE 2016 keynote speaker will share some of his own ideas in Denver this summer.
Digital age learning is authentic, empowered, caring — and necessary. Here are four reasons why school leaders should jump on the transformation band wagon.
ISTE Attendee Experience Manager Elizabeth Glau guides you through the halls of the Colorado Convention Center and gives you some must-know info about the many events at ISTE 2016.
Are you an ISTE Conference & Expo newbie? Then this post is for you. Learn everything you need to know to get ready for the most comprehensive ed tech event in the world.
We take attendee feedback seriously. Take a look at all the innovations at ISTE 2016 thanks to YOUR suggestions on our conference survey.
Even if you can’t make it to Denver ISTE 2016, you can get a taste of the conference experience from wherever you are.
Let’s face it, ISTE 2016 is big! Here are seven ways to prepare for crowds, lines and overstimulation.
Asking students what they want to be when they grow up is no longer relevant in our rapidly changing workforce. Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist for Google, offers 17 questions we should be asking instead.
It's time to move digital citizenship to the activism stage. Students should be encouraged to use digital tools to improve the world around us, to support causes, empower others and create better environments.
We asked past ISTE conference attendees to tell us what their conference must-have items are. Here's what we learned.
Educational technology is making a huge impact on how students learn, how teachers teach and how education is done.
The key to motivating students boils down to engagement. Empowerment involves bringing meaning, competence, confidence and choice into students’ daily lives.
Are you a gadget geek? Here are three trending technologies that are making things easier and more interesting.
If you’re eager to get out and enjoy Denver’s sights and sounds during ISTE 2016, we’ve got some tips to get you started.
Downtime is just as important for creativity and building memories as scheduled activities. Here are five places at ISTE 2016 where you can let the learning come to you.
If you stopped for just five minutes at every booth, it would take 46 hours to conquer the acres of opportunities in the ISTE 2016 Expo Hall. So you might want to plan ahead.
At ISTE 2016, you’ll find numerous formats and session types to match your learning style.
Make the most of your ISTE 2016 experience with a few tools to help you get organized.
Since Google Cardboard was released last year, the number of virtual reality experiences available has increased dramatically. Here are some VR apps that educators can use for different subject areas, grade levels and learning goals.
The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. And that’s a good thing.
At ISTE 2016, attendees will hear from three diverse and distinct voices — a scientist, an activist and an educator — whose messages span science, research and education.
Game-based learning is entering the mainstream with educators using Minecraft, World of Warcraft and Machinima to teach a variety of skills.
Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, motivated educators during his ISTE 2015 EdTekTalk with the inspiring story of the genesis of his educational nonprofit and with words of wisdom that apply to everyday life.
If you want your students to learn, you have to understand how their brains work. That’s why the refreshed ISTE Standards will take brain-based learning research into account.
It’s connectivity to people that will allow education leaders to change learning and teaching, according to S. Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.
ISTE 2015 keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien describes how Google Expeditions can help disadvantaged students get firsthand experience with potential careers.
Russian roboticist Sergei Lupashin says the best way to get students interested in STEM is by engaging learners in competitions that challenge them to imagine, create and refine solutions to real-world problems.
There are several innovative ways to extend the learning, excitement and enthusiasm of ISTE 2015 year round.
The Burlington High School Help Desk in Massachusetts is one of the first and most successful student-run genius bars in the nation. Facilitator Jenn Scheffer gives her step-by-step guide for starting a student tech team in your school.
ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia was an inspiring week full of learning, doing, collaborating and sharing. See what you may have missed!
Nearly 16,000 attendees traveled from 76 nations around the world to Philadelphia for ISTE 2015. Check out our infographic for a breakdown of some of the other awe-inspiring stats that result when so many passionate educators gather in one place for a common cause.
ISTE 2015 Iron Chef event challenges educators to create innovative professional development ideas.
ISTE 2015 wrapped up Wednesday after four days of learning, sharing, inspiring, experiencing and, of course, walking.
Despite what you may have heard, maker projects and makerspaces don’t require expensive equipment like 3D printers or laser cutters. A box of recycled items and a big imagination are key.
ISTE 2015 closing keynoter Josh Stumpenhorst urges educators to push the limits and not be afraid to use the innovative ideas they learned at the conference.
Josh Stumpenhorst will challenge the audience to think differently about time-honored educational truths when he speaks at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia in June.
ISTE 2015 keynote speaker Jack Gallagher learned to redefine what it means to be cool while raising his autistic son.
It is no longer necessary to choose a platform for your school or classroom. Mixing and matching devices and tools offers flexibility and access.
At ISTE 2015 Tuesday, attendees were treated to a poignant keynote by Jack Gallagher, a Point/Counterpoint style debate about coding in schools, and lots of excitement in the Expo Hall, ISTE Central and the playgrounds.
Advocates for making computer science a mandatory part of school curriculum talked it out with district leaders at the first Point-Counterpoint Debate: Coding in the Curriculum.
App smashing allows students to create a project in one app, save it and then open that image or movie in a second app to add features that aren’t offered in the first app.
Comedian Jack Gallagher will perform a one-hour adaptation of his one-man play, “A Different Kind of Cool,” at ISTE 2015. Gallagher speaks poignantly about how raising an autistic son has changed his perspective.
ISTE 2015 Global Collaboration posters offer dozens of examples of projects that educators can implement in their classrooms.
Lesley University faculty member, ISTE author and early adopter Maureen Yoder talks to a variety of vendors pitching innovative ed tech products in the ISTE 2015 Expo Hall.
Start-Up Pitch Fest, EdTekTalks and oodles of sessions were the highlights on Monday at ISTE 2015.
Fledgling companies introduced their innovative ed tech solutions at the ISTE 2015 Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest.
The Obama Administration's Future Ready program aims to get districts on the path to digital transformation.
ISTE 2015 is in full swing in Philadelphia! See some of our best shots from Sunday's opening events.
Award-winning journalist and activist Soledad O'Brien inspired attendees to use technology tools not for technology's sake, but to improve equity and access so all students, regardless of background, have the chance to succeed.
Educators have to learn to embrace failure in order for education to move forward.
Lead & Transform panelists discuss how to give the classroom — and the learning — back to the students.
ISTE 2015 keynote Soledad O’Brien never shies away from taking on controversial topics, such as education reform, race and poverty.
New to Minecraft? Find out how you can use the popular game to teach an array of subjects in your classroom.
ISTE 2015 has finally arrived! To help you hit the ground running, we've created a video tour of the Pennsylvania Convention Center so you can get your bearings and see what we have in store for you. Find out where all the big events are and get some tips for optimizing your conference experience.
ITPD3 is a professional development approach that uses tutorials, small-group face-to-face sessions and resource ebooks to keep ed tech PD flexible and accessible.
These tips and techniques will help you develop a plan for getting the most out of ISTE 2015.
What if the arms race of outfitting more and more students with technology is not only not moving the needle on education, but also making it worse? Four well-known ed tech experts will discuss educational technology at an ISTE 2015 session moderated by Scholastic Administrator's Wayne D'Orio.
ISTE 2015 will feature a host of new session formats, special events and initiatives – all designed to evolve the overall conference experience.
Learn from — or steal — these 5 tech-infused, standards-aligned lessons from ISTE’s Project ReimaginED.
All healthy organizations, from schools and districts to businesses, experience constant change. It's leadership's job to help others share in the vision so they are able to self-navigate.
ISTE 2015 learning academy presenters show you how to make the most of Google Apps for Education and other Google tools in your classroom.
ISTE is reaching out in person and virtually to education constituencies to seek input and feedback in order to refresh the ISTE Standards for Students.
Want to make ISTE 2016 a catalyst for change in your school or district? Here are a few tips for collaborating with your team.
It’s not easy to be an ed tech proponent in isolation. Fortunately, your ISTE membership adds tens of thousands to your support network.
The Google Apps for Education suite is a cloud-based set of tools that can promote better collaboration, productivity and creativity among teachers, students and parents.
Educators can use Apple’s suite of free creativity apps to build engagement and inspire creativity in the classroom while addressing Common Core and ISTE Standards.
Global project-based learning projects connect students to peers around the world and build cultural understanding, communication skills and awareness about the world. Educators can learn about many project during ISTE 2015 workshops, sessions, panels and posters.
Multiple presenters have only 20 minutes and five slides each to inspire educators' passion at ISTE Ignite sessions. Luckily, passion is contagious, and it catches quickly.
ISTE 2015 is just a few months away. Ready to start planning? From the maker movement to BYOD to flexible learning environments, we’ll have something you can’t wait to learn about.
Choosing the right STEM tools for your students can be intimidating. Here’s a short guide to the factors you should consider, from grade level and subject area to cost.
Reaching beyond school walls opens up a world of vibrant learning communities in which educators share ideas and propel each other to grow.
The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. Here’s a list of the hottest topics in ed tech for 2017.
If educators can capture kids’ passion for Pokemon Go, imagine the learning and engagement they can create. Here are 14 ways you can use the augmented reality game to promote and build excitement about your school and drive learning for students.
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