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Student-run genius bar: The facilitator' 's guide

Student-run genius bar: The facilitator's guide

10/08/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, ISTE Conference & Expo, Literacies, Standards

I am the facilitator of the Burlington High School Help Desk in Massachusetts, one of the country’s first student-run “…

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4 maker activities to keep students tinkering

4 maker activities to keep students tinkering

08/01/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo, Makerspaces

Kids are natural makers, right? Give them a few tools, and their imaginations will do the rest. Before you know it, your makerspace will be humming with industriousness and creative energy. Right?

It could happen. Or, just as likely, students will become bored, start squabbling…

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ISTE 2017 by the numbers!

ISTE 2017 by the numbers!

06/30/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

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. In fact, it was a record-setting year for attendance.

The total number of…

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Reshma Saujani: We need a culture change

Reshma Saujani: We need a culture change

06/29/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, ISTE Conference & Expo

Coding, at its core, is about failure.

It’s hitting dead ends and finding what’s in the wrong place. You have to fit with imperfection and revel in challenge.

That’s exactly where ISTE 2017 keynoter Reshma Saujani found herself on a spring night in 2010 as she…

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Two edtech innovators earn titles at Pitch Fest

Two edtech innovators earn titles at Pitch Fest

06/27/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

Pitching. It’s a format that’s familiar to entrepreneurs and television viewers around the world thanks to television shows like “Shark Tank.”

Attendees at ISTE 2017 got a taste of the fun and excitement at this year’s Edtech Start Up Pitch Fest where company…

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All the answers lie behind these expo doors

All the answers lie behind these expo doors

06/27/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

The buzzword to describe the expo hall inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during ISTE 2017 is, perhaps, predictable.

Buzzing.

With 572 exhibitors and a nearly 15,000 in attendance, it’s a given that the expo hall draws a crowd. Every presentation,…

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Mosaic makes you a star at ISTE 2017

Mosaic makes you a star at ISTE 2017

06/27/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

The enthusiasm is high at ISTE 2017, and Apple is on hand to display this energy for the world to watch.

Apple is creating a work of art in real time using submitted photos from attendees that are displayed on a 8-by10-foot mosaic at the conference center entrance.…

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What if school was one big edventure?

What if school was one big edventure?

06/26/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

Jennie Magiera knows well the feeling of inspiration teachers get from attending high-quality conferences or participating in meaningful professional development. She’s felt the invigoration.

She’s also heard the conversations…

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Jad Abumrad: Embrace the power of fear

Jad Abumrad: Embrace the power of fear

06/25/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

For everyone who worries they’ll feel sick at the idea of rocking the boat, Jad Abumrad has an uplifting message: Yes, you will.

The creator and host of Radiolab told the packed keynote audience at ISTE 2017 that he calls this feeling the gut churn.

It’s the…

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Equip kids with assistive tech superpowers

Equip kids with assistive tech superpowers

06/25/2017

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

Every superhero has challenges to overcome. Technology can catapult kids over their learning barriers — but only if they know how to use it.

The problem for many kids with learning disabilities is they don’t often see others modeling the assistive technologies that can help…

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