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Librarians are key to education' 's digital transformation

Librarians are key to education's digital transformation

09/21/2018

Topics: Learning spaces, Literacies, Makerspaces

It’s a syndrome seen at so many schools. As school districts face shrinking budgets, some are tempted to find savings by cutting library staff. After all, the reasoning goes, with so many resources available via laptops, tablets or phones, who needs librarians anymore?

We all do, argues…

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Open licensing is changing the way teachers find, use instructional materials

Open licensing is changing the way teachers find, use instructional materials

09/21/2018

Topics: OERs

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…

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Partner to amplify advocacy efforts at the highest levels

Partner to amplify advocacy efforts at the highest levels

06/19/2018

Topics: Advocacy and funding

When efforts to streamline teacher licensing in Massachusetts recently took an unexpected turn, a cadre of organizations, led by ISTE affiliate MassCUE, united to support educators. This effort is an amazing example of how partnerships in the education community can have a real and lasting…

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Use advocacy, storytelling to grow learning initiatives

Use advocacy, storytelling to grow learning initiatives

06/19/2018

Topics: Advocacy, Advocacy and funding

Advocacy, in education and elsewhere, involves working individually and as a group to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions. But advocacy involves more than providing testimony to your local, state or federal elected officials to influence…

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WHAT WORKS: Program turns teachers into STEM researchers

WHAT WORKS: Program turns teachers into STEM researchers

03/18/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Gamification

Cybersecurity is the digital Wild West, and students at College Station High School in Texas are preparing for it by creating a virtual network and using it to practice stopping simulated attacks – just like real-world cybersecurity researchers do.

Science and technology…

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MEMBER VOICES: Janice Mak says it' 's possible to bring CS to all students

MEMBER VOICES: Janice Mak says it's possible to bring CS to all students

03/18/2018

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Computing has transformed the way we do business, organize our personal information, conduct research, think about our health, socialize, listen to music, read books, heat or cool our houses – and yet it’s a subject that only one in four schools teach.

This led me to ask…

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MEMBER PROFILE: Amy Tran is creating the school of tomorrow

MEMBER PROFILE: Amy Tran is creating the school of tomorrow

03/18/2018

Topics: Education leadership

In a corner of their high school fabrication lab, Amy Tran’s students are building a model of London. But this isn’t just any London.

It’s a futuristic smart city where garbage- collecting robots use sensors to navigate the streets, smart lights turn on and…

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ISTE STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT: Take steps to embrace the Learner standard

ISTE STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT: Take steps to embrace the Learner standard

03/18/2018

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In June 2017, ISTE released the ISTE Standards for Educators, a road map for guiding students to become empowered learners. Formerly known as the ISTE Standards for Teachers, the Educator Standards have changed drastically — as have teaching and technology — since the last update in 2008.…

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WHAT WORKS: Teaching digital citizenship without devices

WHAT WORKS: Teaching digital citizenship without devices

12/15/2017

Topics: Advocacy, Digital Citizenship, Education leadership

Over the summer, a group of preteens attended a camp to learn how to communicate online. They explored computational thinking concepts, practiced using social media and developed their media literacy skills. 

And they did it all without a lick of technology.

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TAKE ACTION: Connecticut endorses ISTE Standards for Students, Educators

TAKE ACTION: Connecticut endorses ISTE Standards for Students, Educators

12/15/2017

Topics: Advocacy

The Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, our state’s educational technology lead, unanimously adopted the ISTE Standards for Students last year and the ISTE Standards for Educators last June, becoming the first state to do so in both cases. 

We see the ISTE…

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