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Simple cloud observations can play an important role in understanding how our global environment works, and science teachers can put their students’ proclivity for cloud gazing to instructional use by sending students out into the field to collect observational data.
Avoid these four common mistakes that impede technology integration and hamper student achievement and growth.
The refreshed ISTE Standards for Education Leaders are an important element of LAUSD’s district transformation efforts because they helped connect administrative efforts to the 21st century instructional practices being supporting in the classroom.
In addition to creating presentations, students need to learn the fine art of delivering presentations if they are to become effective communicators, a necessary skill in the digital age.
Backyard Worlds invites the public, including teachers and students, to join the search for undiscovered worlds within the outer reaches of our solar system and nearby interstellar space.
Educators need to shift the role of the teacher from expert to that of co-learner who models learning as a collaborative, connected and shared experience. Here are five steps you can take to transfer responsibility for learning to your students.
With SciStarter, a searchable database of more than 1,500 vetted citizen science projects, teachers can find real-world science projects they can use in the classroom to engage students in authentic learning experiences.
Evaluating learning materials can be overwhelming, time-consuming and frustrating. With a little organization and direction, however, you can find quality resources quickly and easily.
Great teachers understand the need to develop a network for support, resources and collaborative planning.
Edtech coaches should model what empowered leading looks like so that teachers can then model it for their peers and students.
Young children are naturally curious and creative, but they need adults who foster and encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurism.
When empowered, students can engage in the deep learning that supports long-term academic success and true learning (instead of memorization) and mastery of learning objectives.
When we give students more chances to lead in the classroom – to set their own learning goals and become the creators – we empower them in their learning.
ISTE invites all education stakeholders, not only leaders, to share your answer to the question, “What does a digital age education leader look like?”
A pair of Apple Distinguished Educators share how the new ISTE Standards for Educators changed how they view learning and teaching.
Here’s a look at replicable Remake Learning Network projects that exemplify the ISTE Standards for Students.
Creating active, flexible learning spaces is often associated with modern designs and stylish furniture. But changing the mindsets of teachers and students is the most crucial element of flexible learning environments.
Digital citizenship should focus on learner empowerment rather than on what not to do.
Predicting the future accurately is difficult, if not impossible, but signs point to an ongoing disruption that will reward those who are nimble, self-motivated, adaptable and able to persevere.
When used according to the ISTE Standards, the right technology tools can help every teacher build a bridge to the future. Here are five tools that complement the ISTE Standards.
ISTE wants the refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers to be a helpful framework for teachers and not just “one more thing to do.”
Show students what meaningful digital age learning looks like and bring the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students to your classroom with this free poster.
With the goal of empowering students at the forefront, our district is implementing the new ISTE Standards for Students across our PK-12 school district. Here are five ways to get started.
Thousands of educators worldwide provided input that shaped the aspirational, student-driven 2016 ISTE Standards for Students. Now it's time for the next logical step — the refresh of the ISTE Standards for Teachers.
Actor and founder of the Reading Rainbow says the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students provide educators with a guide for creating a learning environment to help kids live, work and play in a world that's infused with technology.
Whether your school is 1:1 or your classrooms share a handful of iPads, the important thing is how students are using the available tech. To ensure a successful tech integration implementation, make sure you have all 14 Essential Conditions in place.
Moving from print to digital content opens the door to extensive free and paid resources, but determining which content is high quality and aligned with state-adopted standards is no easy task. Here are 11 qualities of exceptional digital content.
This drive to transform learning with technology lies at the heart of ISTE’s refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students, which focus on the skills and dispositions students can and should develop using digital tools.
Why would ISTE refresh its widely used student standards? Because after surveying the education landscape, we knew the standards needed to reflect not only the current state of education, but also its future.
Educators from around the world have reviewed the first draft of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students. Now we want you to weigh in on the second revision.
If you want your students to learn, you have to understand how their brains work. That’s why the refreshed ISTE Standards will take brain-based learning research into account.
Creating and maintaing digital portfolios can allow tech coaches to check for gaps in their content knowledge, maintain continuous professional growth and model digital age learning.
To ensure student safety online, tech coaches must provide just-in-time digital information while modeling best practices and helping teachers do the same.
To provide professional development that hits the mark, coaches must find out what skills teachers need to learn and evaluate whether trainings are effective.
To develop a digital age learning environment that works, tech coaches must first consult all stakeholders — including teachers, administrators, students and parents — and consider the physical and virtual elements of the environment, connectivity, social and cultural influences, and the tools that will work best.
Technology coaches help teachers improve student learning by teaching and modeling how to use technology to effectively apply proven pedagogical approaches, such as project-based learning.
If districtwide tech integration is to be successful, a school must be united in a shared vision. A good technology coach can make this happen by earning the buy-in of teachers, leaders and students.
Part of preparing students for the digital age is helping them become critical consumers and responsible curators of online content. Administrators can do their part in achieving this by giving teachers the knowledge and support they need to teach, model and promote digital citizenship.
Professional learning lies at the heart of any tech coaching program. To remain effective, coaches must continually evaluate the PD they offer to ensure it’s delivering results for teachers and students.
For improvement in your school or district to be truly systemic, it must involve a step-by-step process that staff can measure and repeat regularly.
The brick-and-mortar classrooms of the past are giving way to digital learning environments with a host of new options for learning. It’s a tech coach’s job to help teachers choose the right tools and use them in ways that enhance learning.
To really make an impact on student learning, administrators must keep up on the research and provide training not only in the use of the tools, but also in how to determine the best technology and instructional approach for learning goals.
The Common Core’s increased emphasis on using digital tools will help update U.S. classrooms. But to achieve improved learning outcomes, we must implement that technology with pedagogy in mind. This infographic shows how the ISTE Standards work with the Common Core to do just that.
By modeling the use of digital age tools and assessments for their colleagues, tech coaches help teachers better understand why it’s worth the time to learn a new technology and how to use it to improve student learning in the classroom.
A district leader’s role in a systemwide tech initiative doesn’t end once the purchasing decision is made. To succeed at improving student learning, technology integration needs a learning culture that provides ongoing training and support for teachers at all skill levels.
When problems arise, it’s tempting to react out of fear. But visionary leaders meet the ISTE Standards for Administrators by finding solutions that align with a districtwide tech integration plan.
Standard 5 of the ISTE Standards for Teachers is all about teacher knowledge — how to keep it current and how to pay it forward. To meet the standard, educators should participate in professional communities face to face or online to discover new ways to use technology to improve student learning. And they should complete the circle by becoming teacher leaders who present that knowledge to others in the field.
To meet the fourth ISTE Standard for Teachers, educators can’t assume that their digital natives will automatically become good digital citizens. It falls on teachers to model good digital citizenship for their students and to actively promote the fine points of online safety, law, ethics and etiquette.
Addressing the communication and collaboration indicators of the ISTE Standards for Students is not as simple as just asking students to make a presentation using technology. To address all of Standard 2’s indicators, you must consider not only their tools, but also how they work together and who they present their work to.
To meet the third ISTE Standard for Teachers, educators must model digital age work and learning for their students, including the use of digital tools. Here’s an example of how an art teacher might shape a lesson on layering to address the standard.
To address all the indicators of Standard 2 of the ISTE Standards for Teachers, educators need to let their students choose digital tools, resources and modes of expression that best fit their learning needs and interests.
According to ISTE Standard for Teachers 1, educators should give students opportunities to be creative and reflective within a real-world context and to use digital tools and resources in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
By putting pedagogy first and tapping into the ISTE Standards for Coaches, ed tech coaches can help their learning partners get over their fear of using new technology so they can meet the Common Core State Standards.
According to the ISTE Standards for Tech Coaches, it’s an educational technology coach’s job to offer visionary leadership to his or her school district.
Meeting the ISTE Standard for Students 1: Creativity and Innovation is not as simple as it sounds. To meet all the indicators, a lesson must focus on student engagement and choice.
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.
Our job as citizens requires more than just being informed. We must also be vigilant about verifying information before posting it on social media.
The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. And that’s a good thing.
Twitter chats for educators offer free professional learning on your favorite topics and the chance to connect with peers around the world. Here are some that were recommended by the ISTE community.
The Burlington High School Help Desk in Massachusetts is one of the first and most successful student-run genius bars in the nation. Facilitator Jenn Scheffer gives her step-by-step guide for starting a student tech team in your school.