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It’s connectivity to people that will allow education leaders to change learning and teaching, according to S. Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.
Educators can improve family tech literacy by sending home instructional handouts in the parents’ native language, offering hands-on tech demonstrations at events like back-to school nights and hosting family tech nights aimed at families with low tech use.
Finding devices and solving connectivity issues is the first challenge of digital equity. Teaching educators and the larger community to use this technology meaningfully is a much more nuanced challenge.
Ana Virginia Quesada shares why some edtech initiatives succeed while others fail.
Educator Luis Perez writes about how the TED Masterclass helped him tell his story. "We educators are the light the world needs, not only for our students, but for each other. Let’s turn to that light and make it shine bright and strong — let’s lift each other up and support each other and yes, it’s OK to cry and let our humanity shine through."
As more schools and districts join the fledgling movement to make high-quality instructional materials freely available to all, they’re increasingly discovering the truth behind several common myths about OER.
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 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 School District's edtech playground gives teachers access to a curated selection of tools they know will work on the district’s networks and also encourages them to get involved in choosing technology for their classrooms — something 60 percent of teachers believe they should have but only 38 percent actually do.
Amy Tran, 2017 ISTE Emerging Leader, wants to change how we assess, how we learn and how we create the environment of school.
Before educators can do anything to help parents cross the technology divide, they have to build trust.
Reaching beyond school walls opens up a world of vibrant learning communities in which educators share ideas and propel each other to grow.
As education leadership continues to evolve, so do the standards that define a leader. That's why ISTE is refreshing the Administrator Standards with help from educators from around the world.
Every educator must be a digital change agent willing to lead the shift toward digital environments as technology becomes ubiquitous in our schools.
The massive shifts technology and globalization are expected to wreak on the workplace have already begun. In many industries and countries, some of the most in-demand jobs didn’t even exist five or 10 years ago — and the pace of change will only accelerate.
ISTE member Barbara Nemko founded a program to help PK students learn reading skills using iPads and digital books.
Find out how award-winning educator Fanny Passeport revolutionized learning at her school using design thinking.
ISTE Board of Directors President Mila Thomas Fuller writes about what's in store for ISTE in 2017.
Let's be honest: Teaching is not easy. Follow these five steps to become the fearless teacher you were meant to be.
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who Newsweek magazine spotlighted as one of the women shaping the 21st century. But the real story behind Shlain’s success is how she’s using film and technology to do just that.
Walls have been torn down and new digital bridged have been erected across our planet to connect us all. Anthony Salcito writes that with ubiquitous access to information, availability of rich content, perpetual creation and sharing, the ability to change awareness, tolerance and career readiness is more possible – and perhaps more needed – than ever before.
Strategic planning is vital when addressing the needs and challenges that districts, schools and community stakeholders face every day in diverse learning environments.
Long responsible for managing infrastructure for the business office and school sites, as well as the organization's devices, today's CTOs and IT directors are also in charge of forecasting, budgeting and understanding their organization's curricular focus. Using technology to automate and streamline will make the job easier.
ISTE Emerging Leader Kristy Andre saw firsthand how technology inspired her African students to be engaged in their learning. Now she coaches other teachers on how to transform learning in their classrooms.
Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, motivated educators during his ISTE 2015 EdTekTalk with the inspiring story of the genesis of his educational nonprofit and with words of wisdom that apply to everyday life.
Since 2003, Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up survey has generated valuable data about student, parent and teacher use of technology in education that has influenced public policy and informed district tech integration plans. Participate in Speak Up 2015 now!
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?
Before embarking on a school- or districtwide tech initiative, it's critical to get buy-in from teachers, leaders, parents, community members, and, yes, students.
PDK/Gallup poll results indicate that respondents are very concerned about teacher quality and support professional learning programs like ISTE's that advance teacher quality through team-based professional learning involving superintendents, administrators, teachers, tech coaches and IT directors.
There are several innovative ways to extend the learning, excitement and enthusiasm of ISTE 2015 year round.
Teachers are more than just leaders in their own classrooms. Federal initiatives such as the STEM Master Teacher Corp and Teach to Lead point to a seismic shift to a vision of teachers as leaders and catalysts of improvement at the school, district and national policy levels.
If we want our students to succeed in their careers and life in the digital age, we must begin teaching them the skills — such as selecting, evaluating, synthesizing, inferring and analyzing data — that will allow them to use technology to its full potential.
ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia was an inspiring week full of learning, doing, collaborating and sharing. See what you may have missed!
Advocates for making computer science a mandatory part of school curriculum talked it out with district leaders at the first Point-Counterpoint Debate: Coding in the Curriculum.
The Obama Administration's Future Ready program aims to get districts on the path to digital transformation.
Educators have to learn to embrace failure in order for education to move forward.
What if the arms race of outfitting more and more students with technology is not only not moving the needle on education, but also making it worse? Four well-known ed tech experts will discuss educational technology at an ISTE 2015 session moderated by Scholastic Administrator's Wayne D'Orio.
At the Lead & Transform Town Hall at ISTE 2014, keynote speaker and district superintendent Pat Skorkowsky revealed how the fifth largest U.S. school district used ISTE’s Essential Conditions for tech integration to spur rapid growth in student achievement.
All healthy organizations, from schools and districts to businesses, experience constant change. It's leadership's job to help others share in the vision so they are able to self-navigate.
Giving tech-savvy students training and credit to act as an onsite help desk can provide an invaluable real-world skill-building experience while supplementing a school’s IT resources.
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.
Successful disrupters are indifferent to what is said about them, reframe the problems their industries face and remove limitations.
The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy is a rigorous 10-week course designed to teach teams of educators how to effectively implement mobile technology in a school or district.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some female leaders are working to combat challenges faced by women in ed tech, such as salary inequality, nonrecognition, barriers to career advancement and inappropriate conduct.
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.
Educators who apply technology to nudge students toward deeper learning are leading the charge. Are you one of them?
No matter how well-prepared a new teacher comes with new ideas and methods for teaching, the school’s culture remains the most influential factor in determining success or failure.
Student data has the potential to completely revolutionize education. But it is only as effective as an educator’s ability to use it. Here are five things leaders must provide to help their staff make the most of data systems.
Much like over-the-counter medicines, student data should carry easy-to-understand labeling and guidance to help people use it properly.
As the lead learners in their schools, principals have an obligation to model effective use of technology, says innovative learning specialist Beth Still.
Large or small, school districts need to learn from those who came before them.
Project-based learning, 1:1 technology and professional learning communities transformed a Maryland middle school and improved learning.
More than 200 school and district leaders gathered to discuss their biggest challenges — and how they’re overcoming them.
The job of an education leader isn’t just to lead. It's to create more leaders.
Propel Braddock Hills High School is integrating elements of design thinking, student-centered learning, passion-based learning and community involvement to create an environment that engages, supports and prepares students for the digital age.
Shannon McClintock Miller, district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School in Iowa, asked students from around the world what they wanted from school. She shares their responses – and how educators can address them – in this keynote address for the K12online conference.
When students make unauthorized modifications to their school-provided devices or hack into locked district files, they are breaking the rules. However, some argue that they are also exhibiting creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and tech savvy.
A school- or district-wide digital learning strategy provides a paddle to steer your organization toward its learning and teaching goals.
A new report provides educators with solutions for how to change pedagogies to foster deep learning.
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.
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.