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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.
Each year more of our students become tethered to electronic devices for communication, entertainment and information. This connectivity opens up a channel to learning, but it also invites a barrage of media messages that students must learn to interpret.
Olivia Van Ledtje, 10, has created more than 70 short videos describing what she’s reading, thinking and learning about.
Educators need to stop preaching to students about cyberbullying and start having frank discussions that inspire empathy and identity building.
Foster good digital citizenship skills by directing students to find fair-use photos.
Today’s technology makes personalized learning an attainable goal. Here are five things to consider as you make the transition from a traditional classroom to a personalized learning environment.
Students have 24/7 access to a vast amount of good – and bad – information on YouTube that requires strong research, curation and critical thinking skills to navigate. Here are four ways to teach those skills authentically.
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.
The ISTE Standards, the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards each project a similar vision of skills, dispositions and practices our students will need to shape the future.
The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. Here’s a list of the hottest topics in ed tech for 2017.
Enhancing students’ creativity and critical thinking doesn’t come from having all the right answers. It comes from asking more questions.
Schools, of all sizes and locations, have plugged into the power of technology to transform learning and teaching.
Take a look at the top EdTekHub leadership posts from 2016 to find out how to empower students and inspire staff with edtech.
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.”
How do we find the time for digital age lessons while still providing content knowledge? Layer lessons with both knowledge and skills.
With Game Day, educators offer students a learning activity they'll love and a professional development session that demonstrates how to use games as instructional tools.
Robotics teaches students computational thinking as well as perseverance, problem solving and collaboration. And it's never been easier to implement in the classroom. Try these six resources to get on the track to deeper learning.
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.
ISTE took a fresh approach to updating the student standards, reaching out to a wide range of contributors – including 295 students – and seeking grass-roots, expert and global input.
Inspire young students by using Skype to connect them with the authors of their favorite books.
Flipped learning is not a destination in itself. It’s a gateway that eases the transition to more effective educational paradigms, including personalized, passion-based and project-based learning.
Project ReimaginED is a professional learning community focused on connecting the ISTE Standards to the Common Core.
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.
Students definitely benefit in school and in life when they have the opportunity to develop their strength of character. And schools can help support their character building in many — but not all — ways.
These five projects address multiple Common Core and ISTE Standards. And your students will love them!
One creative way to assess student content knowledge is to have student make a video about the target topic. It's fun, engaging and serves as an authentic way to check for understanding.
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.
Learn from — or steal — these 5 tech-infused, standards-aligned lessons from ISTE’s Project ReimaginED.
Your classroom will never be the same once you take the leap to social learning. Here are six reasons you should use social tools in your classroom.
Getting stakeholders on board with your vision is a critical component to keeping your school or district moving forward and ensuring the success of a large-scale change effort.
Digital Learning Day offers an opportunity to highlight great teaching and showcase innovative teachers, leaders and programs using digital age techniques to improve learning and teaching.
Use the Triple E framework to determine if you are using technology to engage, enhance and extend learning in the classroom.
Understanding the K-12 online environment requires an awareness of state and federal policies and legislation that influence teacher qualifications, curriculum and accountability for student outcomes. Here’s a short FAQ to help you navigate.
Teaching students how to tap into the power of video creation not only makes learning more meaningful, but it positions them to take their place in a digital society.
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 ISTE Standards serve as a beacon for students and educators as they navigate the digital universe. Teachers and leaders from around the globe share their insights into how the standards are helping them guide systemwide change, design instruction for the digital age and prepare students for an inconceivable future.
The most popular posts on the EdTekHub in 2014 included blog posts, articles, infographics and videos on topics ranging from digital citizenship to the maker movement.
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.
Sara Hunter brings her passion for STEM to hundreds of elementary students every week in inquiry-based, hands-on classes that cover everything from programming robots to experiencing the natural world outside. But she doesn’t stop there. As a tech coach, she also shows teachers throughout her district how they can do it too.
Educators are heading back to the drawing board and refocusing curricula to reflect the true demands of a digital world.
The Golden Hour is a computer simulation game that immerses students in a medical case study to teach them about traumatic brain injuries.
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.
Use voice recording and videoconferencing technology to meet the ISTE Standards and Common Core with students of various ages and skill levels in multiple subject areas.
Gallup poll shows public awareness about education transformation, but fails to ask how teachers are leveraging the power of technology to motivate and engage students.
Technology has brought personalized learning within every educator's reach. Here are five resources to help you make the leap.
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.
The COPELLS Project allows English learners to become proficient at science through cooperative online projects.
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.
Large or small, school districts need to learn from those who came before them.
More than 200 school and district leaders gathered to discuss their biggest challenges — and how they’re overcoming them.
Under the auspices of the Arab Bureau for Education in the Gulf States (ABEGS), ISTE has embarked on a five-year commitment to help the Gulf States introduce the ISTE Standards through a coach-the-coach program, allowing certification with an ISTE/ABEGS Coaching Certificate.
Transforming a traditional classroom into a personalized learning environment takes a process. Personalized learning experts Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey tell you how you can set it in motion.
Meridan, a fourth grader at Van Meter Community School in Iowa, blogs about life in her state, happenings at her school and tech tools she’s exploring.
Educators can choose from five free e-portfolio tools that will help students organize, share and reflect on their work.
The Digital Learning Center – designed to create “world class thinkers” – offers integrated thematic units in a student-centered classroom that allows for deep levels of differentiation.
Ed tech blogger and speaker Leigh Zeitz presents a personalized research project that allows students to address all six of the ISTE Standards for Students while they learn how to use online collaborative tools.
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.
Todd Nesloney flipped his class and stopped teaching to the test. Now his students’ test scores are higher than ever, and he’s reignited his love for teaching.
To truly meet the Common Core, teachers can stop treating the standards as a checklist and focus on developing robust learning experiences.
Many teachers have misconceptions about what it takes to achieve a student-centered learning environment.
To truly meet the Common Core, we have to teach students to dig deeper, think bigger and apply what they learn to real-world problems.
Teaching to the new standards requires completely different teaching methodologies than teaching to the old standards.
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.