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Check out the ISTE Professional Learning Network's latest season of web events, presented by members for members on topics ranging from digital citizenship to gamification and global collaboration.
Educators want to support students, maintain expectations, promote learning and plead the case for allocating the resources necessary to fulfill the potential of a child’s future, our future, humankind’s future. That’s why educators become advocates, writes Rod Carnill.
Advocacy involves more than providing testimony to your local, state or federal elected officials to influence legislation or seek funding.
It's about engaging all audiences in daily actions that make a difference and, in education, that means students, too.
In its purest form, advocacy aims to guarantee that the voices of the underrepresented are heard and taken into account when decisions are made that directly impact their rights, lives and best interests. All advocacy efforts should focus first on securing what's not available to students but is critical to their immediate educational needs.
Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina got community businesses and organizations to help provide internet to students when school was out.
The June passage of Senate Bill 1839 made Texas the first state to include the Educator Standards in legislation.
Australia reframed computer education away from the subset of design and technology to become a distinct discipline – a mandated subject for every child, taught throughout a 10- to 13-year developmental curriculum.
Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District advocate for edtech by sharing the value of videoconferencing with teachers and lawmakers.
ISTE member Barbara Nemko founded a program to help PK students learn reading skills using iPads and digital books.
Educational technology is making a huge impact on how students learn, how teachers teach and how education is done.
Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, has announced he will step down at the end of the year.
Just because you may be among the few ed tech integrators at your school today, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Why not bring others into the fold? Why not begin to see yourself as a catalyst for change? What would happen if you did?
Students at North Rowan Middle School were asked to dispel negative myths in the local media about technology in school. They wrote this article to share their views about the value of classroom technology.
The Obama Administration's Future Ready program aims to get districts on the path to digital transformation.
Senate committee adds a dedicated digital learning program to ESEA bill.
Nonprofit applauds U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee for adopting I-TECH in ESEA.
Bev Perdue, North Carolina’s first female governor, dedicated her governorship to protecting and strengthening education while shepherding her state through the worst economic climate since the Great Depression.
Tracking student data has the potential to revolutionize learning — and to make students vulnerable to companies and individuals who can access their information. Educators and lawmakers are rallying to propose legislation that will help navigate the perils of privacy issues while delivering the benefits of student data.
New “net neutrality” rules, approved last week by a 3-2 vote, will allow the FCC to regulate broadband as a utility by reclassifying it as a telecommunications service much like phone service.
The drumbeat continues in Washington, D.C., as Congress works to update the nation’s major K-12 law, and ISTE members are raising our voices.
A draft bill that would enact significant changes to the No Child Left Behind law does not include a dedicated program to support digital learning.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman if the Senate education committee, releases draft legislation that would overhaul the Elementary and Secondary School Act, formerly known as No Child Left Behind.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Obama administration will call for increased K-12 funding and a refresh of NCLB.
Policy makers implemented many significant changes to the E-Rate program. This slideshow outlines the new structure of E-Rate to help you plan and develop your programs.
It was no surprise to those who know her that ISTE member Mary Wegner got a shout-out from President Obama during a December summit for superintendents. Wegner is a tireless ed tech advocate and has been instrumental in transforming the Sitka (Alaska) School District, which she heads.
The omnibus spending bill passed by the Senate provides miniscule increases for major education programs – barely enough to keep up with inflation – and flat funds for most others. In total, the U.S. Department of Education would be funded at about $70.5 billion, which is a $133 million decrease from the previous fiscal year.
The Federal Communications Commission voted to boost funding for E-Rate by $1.5 billion. The increase will fund high-speed connectivity, enabling more schools and districts to provide the basic infrastructure necessary for effective digital age learning.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed boosting annual E-Rate funding by $1.5 billion. The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal Dec. 11.
ISTE and NYSCATE advocated for the Smart Schools Act, which New York voters approved on Election Day. The bond will provide up to $2 billion for ed tech resources in the state’s schools.
Learn about the sweeping changes that the FCC made to the E-Rate program last summer and how they apply to your school and district.
With millions of dollars for ed tech hanging in the balance, educators need to speak out in support of digital age learning.
Your story, however big or small, carries tremendous power to help bring robust and reliable broadband access to schools across the nation. But first it must be told.
The E-Rate order approved by FCC was a significant improvement over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s initial draft proposal.
Educators from around the country say FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s E-Rate proposal will put significant financial strain on many districts, negatively impact parental communication, exacerbate digital inequities among schools and possibly weaken school safety measures.
As education policy shifts from federal to state, educators have more opportunities to shape the decisions that affect their classrooms.
If you’ve got a vision for how technology can transform the way students learn, you might be an advocate.
ISTE and the Computer Science Teachers Association collaborated on a series of resources designed to help prepare young learners to become computational thinkers who understand how today's digital tools can help solve tomorrow's problems.
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.