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School leaders: Have you mastered social media?

School leaders: Have you mastered social media?

02/14/2019

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It’s an exchange that frustrates parents worldwide:

“What did you learn at school today?”

“Nothing.”

This stalled conversation is being phased out in many school districts, where parents get daily updates from educators on Twitter,…

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5 tips to get started with technology planning

5 tips to get started with technology planning

01/30/2019

Topics: Essential Conditions

Whether your school, district or state has a stand-alone educational technology plan or integrates this plan into its cycle of improvement planning, it’s good to start with the essentials. What are the essentials, you may ask? The …

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9 tips for a robust discussion on student data privacy

9 tips for a robust discussion on student data privacy

01/28/2019

Topics: Online safety & security, Technology infrastructure

Student data privacy is an important topic but a complicated one, and therefore school leaders often find it difficult to talk about with parents and students about measures they can take to protect personal information. Fraught government acronyms like FERPA, COPPA, PPRA, SOPIPA and IDEA,…

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The 10 best edtech posts of 2018

The 10 best edtech posts of 2018

12/31/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Digital Citizenship, Tools

What do educators love to read about? Judging from the most popular posts that appeared on the ISTE Blog in 2018, they are looking for ideas and strategies for…

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Five inspiring EdTekTalks

Five inspiring EdTekTalks

12/28/2018

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Harvard researchers spent six years studying innovative entrepreneurs to find out how their creative processes work. What they found was that the number one skill all innovators practice regularly is connecting across a variety of disciplines. In other words, innovators are people who cross-…

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Edcamps are redefining professional learning

Edcamps are redefining professional learning

12/28/2018

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From Portland to Pittsburgh, Seattle to Stockholm, Abu Dhabi to Atlanta, and in hundreds of towns and cities around the globe, authentic professional learning is energizing educators. Edcamps — participatory, teacher-driven professional learning events…

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Liven up PD with a Digital Skills Workshop

Liven up PD with a Digital Skills Workshop

12/28/2018

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ISTE members are evangelists for integrating technology into education. Most are early adopters who intuitively understand that students need to develop digital literacy skills to emerge as critical thinkers prepared to enter evolving careers. Yet many are unintentional lone rangers, fighting…

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How to develop teacher leadership in your school

How to develop teacher leadership in your school

12/28/2018

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Emily Davis was a no-limits kind of middle school Spanish teacher. She held the title “teacher” — not “superintendent” or “principal” — but that didn’t stop her from affecting education policy at the nation’s highest levels.

Davis, who’s from St. Augustine, Florida, is just…

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What if digital age teachers were matched with forward-thinking schools?

What if digital age teachers were matched with forward-thinking schools?

12/28/2018

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Mia Kim Williams had an aha moment when three somewhat disparate events in her life converged and an idea was born.

What if preservice teachers who had been exposed to tech integration best practices in their teacher preparation programs could be matched with schools…

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Develop a growth mindset to turn tech frustrations into tech opportunities

Develop a growth mindset to turn tech frustrations into tech opportunities

12/28/2018

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There’s a graphic on the concept known as “growth mindset” that’s zipping around the internet. This popular chart provides suggestions for how students might use self-talk to redirect their thinking when the learning gets hard…

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