ISTE ARTICLES

01/19/2019

7 sites that vet digital learning tools

In today’s world, finding new ways to actively engage our students in the classroom is a near necessity. Yet searching for a specific tool can be time consuming. Most teachers create lists of coo...


07/17/2015

Test their knowledge using student-created videos

Effective teachers continually assess their students’ learning. Although some types of assessments, like standardized tests, are mandated, educators can use many other forms of evaluation to ...


06/10/2014

Which e-portfolio tool is best for you?

A portfolio system is an authentic method for evaluating K-12 student outcomes. Many teachers have their students develop hard-copy portfolios that may include projects, exams and other artifacts fr...


06/09/2014

Know the ISTE Standards for Students 1

Know the ISTE Standards for Students is a series of scenarios encouraging readers to use ISTE's student standards (ISTE StandardsS) to analyze classroom events. IST...


12/28/2018

Embed literacy into STEM projects

STEM is nothing without literacy. As STEM/STEAM educators, we want to help students think and work like engineers and computational thinkers. But that involves more than ...


10/19/2018

Boot Camp Builds Tech Fitness

In an effort to provide cutting-edge technology integration and improve academics in the core curriculum areas, I have spent the last three years creating an all-digital kindergarten laboratory classr...


08/24/2015

5 standards-aligned lesson plans

In June, I wrote about five fabulous lessons you could “steal” from Project ReimaginED, a Gates Foundation-supported online community where educators discuss and share resources that are a...


07/17/2018

Embed computational thinking into PBL

Like many of my students, my daughter, Anisa, is very familiar with using electronic circuits to make designs cool inventions. So, when I told Anisa and her classmates that we were going to in...


12/28/2018

4 proven resources for self-paced ed tech PD

Self-paced online learning for educators can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because you can fit professional development into your schedule and move ahead at your own pace. It’...


10/19/2018

Feature Article: Grow Creativity!

Creativity matters. The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. Yet research repeatedly shows that creativity is schooled out of us. A shared vocabula...


10/19/2018

Point/Counterpoint: Should Computers Grade Essays?

Yes. It is important that students write and write frequently, but there’s nothing that says that the teacher needs to be the sole reader and arbiter of what students write. Savvy teachers unde...


12/28/2018

At the core

If Common Core created a personal Facebook page, the relationship question would be answered this way: " "It's complicated." " Scanning the Twitter feeds, social media&...


10/19/2018

Feature: Right On Course

Lane County, Oregon, has 16 school districts, and up until last year, every one of them had its own online learning program. Some were more like correspondence courses, while others were closer to on...


09/21/2018

Open licensing is changing the way teachers find, use instructional materials

On a cold January day, a teacher from Ethiopia braved the snow to visit Mountain Heights Academy in Utah. He wanted to personally thank the faculty for making their curriculum openly available onli...


12/28/2018

A book report your students will love

How many times have students written mundane, uninspired book reports that were handed in, read by the teacher and handed back to the student, never to be seen again? I wrote so many boring boo...


12/28/2018

A new lens on digital citizenship

Last year’s refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students engaged thousands of educators and elicited many thought-provoking and enlightening conversations. Among the most interesting was the co...


06/14/2019

CT Competencies: Embrace integration across the curriculum

When embarking on your school or district’s computer science (CS) journey, computa­tional thinking (CT) should be taught first, primarily because CT helps learners under­stand the logic and al...


12/19/2014

Do MOOCs live up to the hype? No

When my colleagues and I set out to design and deliver a free online course for the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network, we asked ourselves whether massive open online courses (MOOCs) were really the way ...


12/28/2018

Build an awesome class website with Google Apps

Let's face it: Teachers can use all the help we can get. To have the most impact, we need to form partnerships with those other educators who spend even more time with our students than we do &mdash...