In 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District embarked on a mission to re-imagine instructional practice in the digital age. As part of that effort, the district created the Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) with the aim of ensuring that schools use technology to differentiate and…
Kids teaching kids — with chatbots
The client: A second grade classroom learning about nutrition.
The developers: Eighth grade computer science students exploring how artificial intelligence works.
The product: A chatbot…
I often see discussions in ISTE Connect, home of our online communities, asking for advice about a tool that does this or software that does that. “I need a typing app that works with fourth graders on an iPad.” “Our school is looking for a new LMS.” “I’ve tried this assessment software,…
Topics: Learning sciences
If the digital age has taught us anything, it’s that everything we know is subject to change. No matter what field you work in, today’s best practices could be tomorrow’s bad habits. Fads flare up and fade out. Long accepted facts become debunked myths.
As teachers grapple with…
Topics: STEM & STEAM
Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala’s Facebook page resembles that of many young adults: photos of art she likes, snapshots of her nieces and nephews, a group selfie on a night out with friends in Asunción, Paraguay. She also quotes Abraham Lincoln and posts links to media coverage of her job.…
Topics: Parent engagement
Previous experience routinely colors our expectations, and that was certainly the case for us when 60 iPads arrived in our small village school in Purley on Thames, United Kingdom. These wonderful devices were presented to us by the JDO Foundation in response to our application to engage…
In its purest form, advocacy aims to guarantee that the voices of the underrepresented are heard when decisions directly impact their rights, lives and best interests.
When it comes to education, all advocacy efforts should focus first on securing what’s not available to…
By age 3, most children are expressing themselves using complex language structures. They’re using hundreds of words, combining words and using prefixes and suffixes to change meanings. These children are also using language to make requests, comment and even protest.
The ISTE Standards for Educators encourage teachers to “create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.” As a result of these learning experiences, the ISTE Standards…
On a cold January day, a teacher from Ethiopia braved the snow to visit Mountain Heights Academy in Utah.
He wanted to personally thank the faculty for making their curriculum openly available online. Unable to afford instructional materials for his all-girls school back home, he’d…