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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.
Ushering in large-scale change to a school or district requires a deep cultural shift. That’s why many education leaders choose to send an entire team to the ISTE Conference & Expo to gather ideas and collaborate on solutions.
If attending the ISTE Conference & Expo feels out of reach financially, don’t worry. With a bit of strategy and planning, ISTE19, June 23-26 in Philadelphia, won’t break the bank.
The Monuments Project doesn’t just teach students about history. It challenges them to do the work of historians. In the process, students are also learning what it means to be engaged global citizens who can leverage technology to collaborate, research, educate and motivate others.
Nadia Lopez, an education leader and founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in New York, says her goal is to broaden children’s horizons and show them what possibilities look like. Lopez will be a keynote speaker at ISTE 2018.
Katie Martin, an education leader, teacher and author, says that the student-centered approach to learning requires an evolution in the role of the educator, a topic she’ll delve into as keynote speaker at ISTE 2018 in Chicago
Science fiction writer Andy Weir, keynote speaker at ISTE 2018, says problem-solving comes into play no matter your profession or the future professions of today’s students.
Why are kids today so difficult to teach? Author and neuroscientist David Eagleman says it's because their brains are wired differently than adults—and that's a good thing.
Neuroscientist and ISTE 2018 keynote speaker David Eagleman doesn’t waver in his belief that creativity can be taught. He says creativity is the most important thing we derive from education because it provides the courage and the skill set to solve new problems.
ISTE Professional Learning Networks have a huge presence at the ISTE Conference & Expo, the biggest edtech PD event of the year. We tapped a few PLN leaders and asked them to share their picks for the best sessions and events related to their topics.
Are you an ISTE Conference & Expo newbie? Then this post is for you. Learn everything you need to know to get ready for the most comprehensive ed tech event in the world.
If you’re eager to get out and enjoy Chicago's sights and sounds during ISTE 2018, we’ve got some tips to get you started.
We take attendee feedback seriously. Take a look at all the innovations at ISTE 2018 thanks to YOUR suggestions on our conference survey.
If you stopped for just five minutes at every booth, it would take 46 hours to conquer the acres of opportunities in the ISTE 2016 Expo Hall. So you might want to plan ahead.
If you’ve never been to an ISTE conference before, you’ll want to read these tips from educator Steve Wicks who attended his first conference in 2017.
Even if you can’t make it to Chicago for ISTE 2018, you can get a taste of the conference experience from wherever you are.
At ISTE 2018, you’ll find numerous formats and session types to match your learning style.
Free time is just as important for creativity and learning as scheduled activities. Here are five places at ISTE 2018 where you can let the learning come to you.
If you are new to the ISTE Conference & Expo, you are in for a surprise! The iconic edtech event will immerse you in things to learn, ideas to share, sights to see and people to meet.
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.
In this inspiring video, Jennie Magiera challenges educators to give voice to the untold stories. A sincere and deft storyteller herself, Magiera opens up about both personal and professional challenges, shares incredible student stories and student-created content, and encourages educat.
Starting an after-school maker club can help draw kids into your makerspace and get them engaged in tinkering, especially in schools that aren’t quite ready to integrate making into their curriculum.
Every year, thousands of educators come together at the ISTE Conference & Expo to discover new ways to learn with technology, and ISTE 2017 was no exception.
Reshma Saujani, the closing keynote speaker at ISTE 2017, tells the packed audience that it's imperative to get more girls coding or crucial innovations will be left on the sidelines.
Apple is creating a work of art in real time using submitted photos from attendees, which are are displayed on a 8-by10-foot mosaic at the conference center entrance.
With 572 exhibitors and a nearly 15,000 in attendance at ISTE 2017, it’s a given that the expo hall draws a crowd. It was standing room only as educators search for ideas, tools and resources for their schools and classrooms.
Attendees at ISTE 2017 got a taste of the fun and excitement at this year’s Edtech Start Up Pitch Fest where company representatives had five minutes to present their product, followed by three minutes of questions from judges.
Jennie Magiera shows educators how to bring “edventures,” or experiential learning, into the structures teachers have to work within.
ISTE’s Edtech Start-Up Pitch Fest, held annually at the ISTE Conference & Expo, allows educators and a panel of judges to weigh in on the hottest tools and resources coming to the edtech market.
What the Trump presidency means for edtech policy remains to be seen, but it’s possible the administration will have a significant impact on federal policy gains that edtech advocates made during the Obama administration.
ISTE invites all education stakeholders, not only leaders, to share your answer to the question, “What does a digital age education leader look like?”
Kids with learning disabilities need to see others modeling the assistive technologies that can help them succeed.
ISTE 2017 opening keynote speaker Jad Abumrad tells educators to take risks, focus on the questions and persevere through fear and self-doubt.
Jad Abumrad, creator of NPR's "Radiolab," believes that the act of teaching should be more like the act of living. He will be a keynote speaker at ISTE 2017.
A pair of Apple Distinguished Educators share how the new ISTE Standards for Educators changed how they view learning and teaching.
Many people see yoga as an empowerment tool. It’s transformative, boosts confidence and inspires self-realization. The ISTE Standards for Educators are also transformative when put into practice.
Instead of training parents to use computers, an Orange County, Calif., district is teaching them to become technology leaders, giving them the skills they need to go forth and train others.
Students who are not empowered report surface learning as their goal — learning enough to meet the teachers’ expectations but no more. In the ISTE Standards PD that ISTE and Metiri Group are co-designing, surface learning is defined as acquiring facts, skills and methods that result in automaticity.
Screencasting not ony offers a way to customize and create personalized learning activities for your students, but also to communicate with students, colleagues and parents.
Educators are trained to fix things. If we build educators' capacity to fix their own problems, that's called a a coaching mindset.
Mindcraft's design-oriented gameplay allows kids to explore a wide variety of interests within the game environment — and young animators, engineers and even musicians are getting creative about translating their outside passions into the game realm.
The 2017 solar eclipse offers a great opportunity to engage in some science, and connect with the ISTE Standards as well.
Here’s a look at replicable Remake Learning Network projects that exemplify the ISTE Standards for Students.
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.
This year’s EdTekTalks at ISTE 2017 will feature edtech thought leaders who will share their creativity and insights in a series of mini-keynotes.
Teen filmmaker calls for more individuality in schools to allow students to find their passion.
Using a mobile device, augmented reality (AR) superimposes computer-generated images, videos and animation onto the real world, and it has the potential to become an exciting tool for enhancing curricula and inspiring creativity in schools.
Read about some popular ISTE 2017 presenters who are committed to empowering students with technology.
Whether you’re traveling from across town or from across the world, the best part of the conference is sharing with other people.
Make the most of your ISTE 2017 experience with a few tools to help you get organized.
Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani is on a mission to more girls off the sidelines and into computer science careers.
New ISTE CEO Richard Culatta says he believes "thoughtful impatience" is necessary to accelerate the process of getting the right solutions to the right educators and learners much faster.
ISTE 2017 presenter Reshan Richards talks about what he likes most about the ISTE Conference & Expo and shares a little bit about himself.
Try these five simple strategies to make learning more accessible for all students.
Watch this Ignite talk to learn how you can boost student motivation and engagement with a badging program.
Founder and CEO of littleBits Ayah Bdeir shares her advice for igniting students' imaginations and getting them engaged in STEM.
There are four types of educators in classrooms today. Where you land among them determines how well you are helping students become future ready.
The ideal makerspace is one designed by kids for kids.
In this EdTekTalk, Code.org and Hour of Code co-founder Hadi Partovi explains why schools in the digital age must teach computer science as a foundational skill, just like biology and math — and why the U.S. is missing a major economic opportunity if they don't.
Got a great ed tech lesson plan, 1:1 rollout or scalable program you've implemented at your school or district? Why not submit a ISTE 2016 conference proposal and share with other educators.
Inspired by the animated character Ms. Frizzle and enabled by a 1:1 program, third grade teacher Michelle Cordy gives her students experiences that take them beyond the walls of the classroom.
Education has had some big successes in Washington, D.C., this year and the biggest success of all was passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Michelle Cordy, a third grade teacher from Ontario, Canada, calls herself an applied researcher. She believes more teachers need to be researchers who test out new approaches and analyze the results.
Districts from around the country are spending millions on mobile devices and many are allowing students to bring their own technology to school. But effective learning with tech doesn't happen magically.
At the ISTE 2016 Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest, company representatives had five minutes to pitch their ideas followed by a three-minute question-and-answer session with judges. The winners of this year's competition were Books that Grow and Cogent Education.
ISTE tapped celebrity ISTE authors who are experts in subjects like flipped learning, cybersafety, digital citizenship and personalized learning for a Hollywood Squares type game at ISTE 2016.
Ruha Benjamin, a keynote speaker at ISTE 2016, thinks children should not have to lose who they are to be leaders in science.
Participants in the ISTE Game Show at the TIP Pavilion in the expo hall found learning to be fun and games.
The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are aspirational and amplify student voice.
With the refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students completed and ready for unveiling Monday at ISTE 2016, the attention now turns to revamping the ISTE Standards for Teachers.
Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has some advice on how educators can inspire students to be big thinkers. The ISTE 2016 keynote speaker will share some of his own ideas in Denver this summer.
Digital age learning is authentic, empowered, caring — and necessary. Here are four reasons why school leaders should jump on the transformation band wagon.
ISTE Attendee Experience Manager Elizabeth Glau guides you through the halls of the Colorado Convention Center and gives you some must-know info about the many events at ISTE 2016.
Let’s face it, ISTE 2016 is big! Here are seven ways to prepare for crowds, lines and overstimulation.
Asking students what they want to be when they grow up is no longer relevant in our rapidly changing workforce. Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist for Google, offers 17 questions we should be asking instead.
It's time to move digital citizenship to the activism stage. Students should be encouraged to use digital tools to improve the world around us, to support causes, empower others and create better environments.
We asked past ISTE conference attendees to tell us what their conference must-have items are. Here's what we learned.
Educational technology is making a huge impact on how students learn, how teachers teach and how education is done.
The key to motivating students boils down to engagement. Empowerment involves bringing meaning, competence, confidence and choice into students’ daily lives.
Are you a gadget geek? Here are three trending technologies that are making things easier and more interesting.
Since Google Cardboard was released last year, the number of virtual reality experiences available has increased dramatically. Here are some VR apps that educators can use for different subject areas, grade levels and learning goals.
At ISTE 2016, attendees will hear from three diverse and distinct voices — a scientist, an activist and an educator — whose messages span science, research and education.
Game-based learning is entering the mainstream with educators using Minecraft, World of Warcraft and Machinima to teach a variety of skills.
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.
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.
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.
ISTE 2015 keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien describes how Google Expeditions can help disadvantaged students get firsthand experience with potential careers.
Russian roboticist Sergei Lupashin says the best way to get students interested in STEM is by engaging learners in competitions that challenge them to imagine, create and refine solutions to real-world problems.
There are several innovative ways to extend the learning, excitement and enthusiasm of ISTE 2015 year round.
ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia was an inspiring week full of learning, doing, collaborating and sharing. See what you may have missed!
Nearly 16,000 attendees traveled from 76 nations around the world to Philadelphia for ISTE 2015. Check out our infographic for a breakdown of some of the other awe-inspiring stats that result when so many passionate educators gather in one place for a common cause.
ISTE 2015 Iron Chef event challenges educators to create innovative professional development ideas.
ISTE 2015 wrapped up Wednesday after four days of learning, sharing, inspiring, experiencing and, of course, walking.
Despite what you may have heard, maker projects and makerspaces don’t require expensive equipment like 3D printers or laser cutters. A box of recycled items and a big imagination are key.
ISTE 2015 closing keynoter Josh Stumpenhorst urges educators to push the limits and not be afraid to use the innovative ideas they learned at the conference.
Josh Stumpenhorst will challenge the audience to think differently about time-honored educational truths when he speaks at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia in June.
ISTE 2015 keynote speaker Jack Gallagher learned to redefine what it means to be cool while raising his autistic son.
It is no longer necessary to choose a platform for your school or classroom. Mixing and matching devices and tools offers flexibility and access.
At ISTE 2015 Tuesday, attendees were treated to a poignant keynote by Jack Gallagher, a Point/Counterpoint style debate about coding in schools, and lots of excitement in the Expo Hall, ISTE Central and the playgrounds.
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.
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.
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.