Recent articles

Two student celebrate with a high five

Design challenges engage students by tapping their creativity


Topics: STEM & STEAM

Years ago, Tim Needles quit giving homework to his art students at Smithtown East High School on Long Island, New York. Instead, he gave them optional “creative challenges.”

Such a challenge could…


A girl works on a craft during an online lesson

5 reasons why it is more important than ever to teach creativity


Topics: Creativity

On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration…


A parent helps a child use an iPad

Act now: Ask Congress to fund online learning PD!


Topics: Advocacy and funding

As states and districts continue preparing for the upcoming school year, national data reveal the critical need to support educators’ capacity to deliver effective and equitable online learning experiences. For…


NEMOnet from NASA

NASA makes a game of trying to save world’s coral reefs


Topics: citizen science, ISTE Standards for Students, NASA

NASA’s latest citizen science project is a serious global endeavor cloaked in a video game.



graphic of arms raised high under words "stop racism"

9 resources for teaching anti-racism


Topics: digital equity

How do you nurture anti-racism in children? Can educators and parents teach young people to see past their unconscious bias and ingrained beliefs to truly empathize with peers of color? How can white educators…


a boy sketching a frog in school

Sketchnoting brings power of brain science to the classroom


Topics: Learning sciences, Sketchnoting

In 2016 Nichole Carter attended a session on sketchnoting at the ISTE conference, and it changed her teaching forever. That pivotal moment also sparked a passion…


Two girls playing Minecraft in school

Playing Minecraft at school results in 'collateral learning'


Topics: ISTE Expert Webinars, Minecraft

Scott Merrick clearly remembers the moment he realized Minecraft Education Edition was working in his classroom.

“I looked around the room – a computer lab with 30 computers – and every kid was engaged…


two elementary school boys watch a video on on iPad

4 tips for creating awesome classroom videos – so you can spend more time teaching!


Topics: Online learning, Video

As a new teacher, Josh Stock often found himself stretched thin as he raced around his classroom trying to answer student questions.

“I was bouncing all around the room and it was getting overwhelming…


a person takes a picture of the night sky with a smartphone

Touring the heavens with NASA through the lens of a smartphone


Topics: citizen science, NASA, NSSEC, STEM

Sten Odenwald likes to get the public involved in citizen science projects by using one of the most…


A student at a laptop stares out the window

Video poems add digital literacy to creativity and expression


Topics: Creativity, ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

As an artist, Tim Needles has always written poetry. So, as an art teacher, it was a natural for him to merge words with visual arts in his classes. One result is video poetry.

But what Needles has…