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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.
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. The effort was an amazing example of how partnerships in the education community can have a real and lasting effect at the school site level, and on teaching and learning.
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.
The ISTE Standards are masterful personas that define how students and teachers should use technology to support learning, writes Doug Casey, executive director of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology. They strike just the right balance between descriptive and prescriptive, making them relevant for years to come, regardless of current technology trends.
Susan Poling, executive director of the Alabama Leaders of Educational Technology, says edtech advocacy can't be a waiting game. It takes passion, smart thinking and teamwork.
Advocacy at the state and local levels are a vital component in ensuring that technology in education receives the backing necessary to meet the growing needs of digital age learners.
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.
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.
Most educators recognize the need for digital citizenship, but many are at a loss for how to teach it. Here are some resources to help.
Choosing the right STEM tools for your students can be intimidating. Here’s a short guide to the factors you should consider, from grade level and subject area to cost.
The Burlington High School Help Desk in Massachusetts is one of the first and most successful student-run genius bars in the nation. Use this step-by-step guide to start a student help desk at your school.