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Students' enthusiasm for virtual-world play could add a whole new dimension for educators looking for a way to engage their students through technology.
Makerspaces don’t have to be big or even high tech. You can create a STEM environment in a closet, at a workbench or on a cart. The important thing is to allow students to be creative and work on a variety of projects.
Reinforce the learning part of project-based learning by using formative assessment approaches that encourage risk taking, reveal misunderstandings in an accepting environment and give students the breathing room they need to learn from their mistakes.
Great projects start with good driving questions that spur students’ curiosity and ask them to go beyond the what to the how and why.
It’s certainly appropriate to decorate classrooms and common areas this month with hearts and flowers. But while February is synonymous with affection, educators know that student-centered learning and teaching is the real heartbeat year round.
Here are six suggestions from Suzie Boss to help you make the most of the learning opportunities in PBL
Big History Project is a free, open, Common Core-aligned course designed to help students meet the rigorous learning goals of the new standards, like synthesizing complex information and gaining a deep understanding of topics.
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.
February is the month when many schools and districts take on tech planning for the next academic year. Keep the ISTE Essential Conditions in mind when moving forward with your tech planning.
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.
Project ReimaginED allows teachers to see what their peers are doing in their classrooms and encourages teachers to try technologies in ways they may never have imagined.
For us, February is all about appreciating what ISTE members are: a force for change. Thank you for everything you do.
Teaching students how to tap into the power of video creation not only makes learning more meaningful, but it positions them to take their place in a digital society.
Holographic technology is moving quickly toward classroom application, with implications for video conferencing, science simulations, design and more.
The internet is awash with predictions from educators and ed tech experts as to what changes we’ll see in the coming months. Here are a few that caught our eye.
The most popular posts on the EdTekHub in 2014 included blog posts, articles, infographics and videos on topics ranging from digital citizenship to the maker movement.
Ed tech specialist Karen Richardson challenges educators to make at least one professional promise for the new year.
Making can completely reinvent learning or simply serve as a valuable supplement to more traditional instruction. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, there are plenty of options for making in your school or classroom.
Most educators recognize the need for digital citizenship, but many are at a loss for how to teach it. Here are some resources to help.
From the maker movement to STEM to project-based learning, explore some of the most inspiring and informative moments from ISTE 2014.
Before mobile learning can make an impact on student achievement, teachers need to learn new instrutional strategies.
Computer science skills empower students to become proactive learners and creators instead of mere consumers. In honor of Computer Science Education Week, here are some resources to help you incorporate computer science into your classroom.
Educators are heading back to the drawing board and refocusing curricula to reflect the true demands of a digital world.
Want to attend ISTE 2015? Here are a few ways to fund your trip.
When educators connect, they do more than simply share resources. They become each other’s most valuable resource, says author and former teacher Steve Dembo.
Project-based learning expert Suzie Boss answers educators' questions about PBL success.
Minecraft allows teachers to design collaborative projects that encourage a creative, problem-solving approach to content while drawing upon students' real-world expertise.
Once a year, educators get the opportunity to put their hands on the most exciting new technologies and learn directly from the pioneers who are innovating their use in the classroom.
What does it mean on a day-to-day basis when teachers work with students to develop personalized learning experiences?
Blended learning is the shift that will transform the traditional classroom into a global interface where millennial learners will be educated to the potential they deserve.
Students can learn science, history, engineering and more using digital 3D models of real artifacts from the Smithsonian's collection.
Getting connected doesn't have to mean staring at a computer screen. Nicholas Provenzano shares tips for connecting offline.
With children’s socialization increasingly moving into the digital realm, there's a growing empathy gap educators need to counteract when teaching students about digital citizenship
As parents consider whether to follow the lead of tech execs and shield their kids from technology, ed tech specialist Karen Richardson argues for balance.
To bring about the changes students need, educators must first invest in themselves.
Reaching beyond school walls opens up a world of vibrant learning communities in which educators share ideas and propel each other to grow.
Accessibility is a key factor in the success of any mobile learning program, yet teachers are often left scrambling to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Educators who apply technology to nudge students toward deeper learning are leading the charge. Are you one of them?
Is it possible for one person to change the world? Adam Bellow explores how teachers can make a difference, one student at a time.
While the content should still remain the focus of any lesson plan, many teachers are surprised to discover that technology can enhance learning at every point in a lesson.
With millions of dollars for ed tech hanging in the balance, educators need to speak out in support of digital age learning.
No matter how well-prepared a new teacher comes with new ideas and methods for teaching, the school’s culture remains the most influential factor in determining success or failure.
No matter where you are on the path to tech integration, you’ve learned something others can benefit from.
Since only one in 10 schools offer computer programming classes, bringing coding into the classroom often means teachers must start from scratch. So we asked educators to offer their best tips for getting started.
Personalized learning allows students to take responsibility for gaining and sharing knowledge. But understanding the concept and actually implementing it are two different things.
Your story, however big or small, carries tremendous power to help bring robust and reliable broadband access to schools across the nation. But first it must be told.
A successful blended learning environment draws rich connections between online and face-to-face learning. Here three important mindsets teachers need to cultivate.
By choosing and applying mobile apps using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide, teachers can help students progress through lower- to higher-order thinking skills.
One of the most common mistakes schools make with 1:1 mobile programs is that they treat the devices as if they were regular computers.
Gallup poll shows public awareness about education transformation, but fails to ask how teachers are leveraging the power of technology to motivate and engage students.
The success of a mobile learning initiative hinges on parental support.
Technology has brought personalized learning within every educator's reach. Here are five resources to help you make the leap.
Education leaders share their take on preparing for a 1:1 learning environment.
Education researchers and practitioners ponder big questions about the maker movement.
Initiate a thoughtful discussion about mobile learning within your school or district.
Ready to blend? Author Kristin Kipp offers tips to help you get started.
Solving the STEM problem starts with individual educators rethinking their approach — and incorporating STEM skills into other subjects.
Computer science education is becoming increasingly accepted in schools and is now a more integral part of the ed tech community.
It's been a banner year for the ISTE Conference & Expo. Here's a by-the-numbers recap.
The E-Rate order approved by FCC was a significant improvement over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s initial draft proposal.
Educators from around the country say FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s E-Rate proposal will put significant financial strain on many districts, negatively impact parental communication, exacerbate digital inequities among schools and possibly weaken school safety measures.
Find out about the Mobile Learning Network's ISTE 2014 PhotoQuest Atlanta! event and learn how to make your own mobile scavenger hunt!
At the HackEd14 unconference, attendees learned firsthand the importance of connecting with other educators and supporting others to do the same.
We must invest more in enabling play, passion and purpose and focus less on industrial modes of production and standardized testing.
Kevin Carroll offered to be the chief encouragement officer to ISTE Emerging Leaders. In return, they must pay it forward.
ISTE 2014 closing keynote speaker and National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau shows educators the power of asking "What if?" — and finding a way to make that "what if" happen.
Educators share their predictions and big dreams for the future of digital gaming and virtual environments in learning.
English teacher Nick Provenzano shares his perspective on the "Reading Rainbow" star's passion for stories.
Maker movement experts discuss creating a maker culture in the classroom and more.
The "Reading Rainbow" host stopped by ISTE 2014 to discuss the intersection of reading and technology with educators.
What new ideas have we yet to glean from the cutting edge of other fields? See if an idea sparks from one of these thought leaders.
Schools that want to improve learning outcomes for girls in science, technology, engineering and math classes may want to stop lecturing and start using active learning models.
Educators have got to be some of the most passionate people on the planet. Why, then, isn’t that passion rubbing off onto more students?
As the lead learners in their schools, principals have an obligation to model effective use of technology, says innovative learning specialist Beth Still.
Ashley Judd delivers a heartfelt and sometimes tearful reminder about the most important thing educators can do for their students.
Large or small, school districts need to learn from those who came before them.
More than 200 school and district leaders gathered to discuss their biggest challenges — and how they’re overcoming them.
Maker education experts share their thoughts about making in the classroom at ISTE 2014's Mobile Mega Share.
Project-based learning, 1:1 technology and professional learning communities transformed a Maryland middle school and improved learning.
It doesn’t matter your level of ability in a given area. Everyone can make something and teach someone else how to make something.
As technology integration grows, not only in schools but in society as a whole, the concept of digital citizenship will continue to expand.
The job of an education leader isn’t just to lead. It's to create more leaders.
Makerspaces can be elaborate learning spaces equipped with sophisticated tools and supplies, but they don’t have to be.
Attention to assessment across the arc of a project leads to better results at the end.
What good is living in a connected world if students don't learn to connect from the heart as well as from a mobile device?
Here’s a look at how members of the ISTE community are using robotics both in and out of the classroom.
We need to give our students the opportunity to shatter the rules, become their own teachers and captains of their own ship.
In a rural Alaskan town, seven middle schoolers took on the ultimate engineering challenge: Design a robot capable of executing specific tasks.
The 3D storytelling format brings together students’ words, existing images and sound effects to bring out maximum creativity.
Todd Nesloney shares how to make your flipped classroom work for students who don't have internet access at home.
Teachers care about creating authentic learning experiences, and it’s up to coaches to show how technology can help them do that.
When the teacher isn’t the all-knowing expert, students feel more empowered to take ownership of their learning.
To truly meet the Common Core, teachers can stop treating the standards as a checklist and focus on developing robust learning experiences.
Flipping was supposed to make Todd Nesloney love what he was doing again. But once he started, he realized nothing had really changed for him.
Educators have become some of the world’s most active content consumers. But why aren’t more educators creating their own digital content?
In the hands of educators, web 2.0 tools can become a powerful catalyst for changing the way students learn.
Many teachers have misconceptions about what it takes to achieve a student-centered learning environment.
Developing a successful mobile learning program requires more than simply weighing the pros and cons of different devices.
Maker education allows girls to experience in a tangible way how they can apply STEM skills to solve real problems.
In a classroom where students already use technology, it’s a simple matter to incorporate a digital citizenship component into any lesson.
Digital citizenship is not so different from traditional citizenship. We still need to guide students to be kind, respectful and responsible. What’s new is teaching them how to apply these values to the realities of the digital age.
Get parents involved in your classroom – and in their kids’ education – by putting all the information they’ll need on a class website. No web design skills or budget? No problem. Google Apps make the process easy and free.
Edcamps — participatory, teacher-driven professional learning events — are multiplying on a national and international scale, creating local and global communities of passionate educators.