ISTE ARTICLES

04/30/2019

With imagination and the right apps, students learn — and can prove it!

In the classroom as in court, it’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove you know. And for generations of students and teachers, test scores have provided evidence of learning. But ...


02/25/2015

Chart students' growth with digital badges

Remember turning in your grades at the end of the school year? Did Zack’s B in geometry tell you enough about his mastery of the Pythagorean theorem or the area of a rectangle? What about Lau...


10/19/2018

Learning Connections Game Play Is Important for Learning

How can you engage students and trick them into learning math? We did it using an instructional video game called DimensionM by Tabula Digita. It’s no secret that kids love games. Today’s ...


06/08/2014

Are we shifting too much focus to STEM? No

We cannot accurately predict what jobs will be available in the future for the students currently in our K-12 schools. What we do know is that today's students will need to be problem solvers and li...


12/27/2018

Wires and lights in a box

"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it's nothing but wires...


12/27/2018

Do you know why you want your district to go 1:1?

When CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are asked to list the skills they most want to see in their employees, they never say “good at math” or “proficient in writing.” They are m...


10/19/2018

Feature: Go Digital

ooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in North Carolina, USA, was in a tough situation that is all too common for districts across the country. Our student poverty ratio rose significantly from 200...


10/19/2018

FEATURE: From Stars to Constellations: Digital Badges Can Chart Growth

Remember turning in your grades at the end of the school year? Did Zack’s B in geometry tell you enough about his mastery of the Pythagorean theorem or the area of a rectangle? What about Grace&...


05/28/2019

Redefining my classroom with retrieval practice using Quizizz

Last week, I paused before entering my eighth grade honors earth and environmental science classroom and watched a flurry of activity. Sensing that the class was ready to go, a student — unpromp...


10/19/2018

Research Windows: What Does the Research Say?

What does research say about the impact of technology on learning outcomes? It’s a question that ISTE’s Research and Evaluation Department fields often, but it’s difficult to answer...


12/27/2018

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...


10/19/2018

Extreme Makeover School Edition

How the 2009 Sylvia Charp Award winner used technology to transform a once struggling school district When new leadership assumed responsibility for the Glen Cove School District back in 2005, it was...


10/19/2018

Total Technology Immersion

Total technology immersion doesn’t happen overnight, but with vision and determination, transformation can take hold and start to grow. Floydada Independent School District (FISD), winner of the...


10/19/2018

ICANREAD: The Effects of an Online Reading Program on Grade 1 Students’ Engagement and Comprehension Strategy Use

This pilot study explores the impact of online electronic storybooks (e-books) on the reading motivation and listening comprehension of six grade 1 students (aged 7 years) from Ontario, Canada. The re...


12/27/2018

Teachers are the key to effective classroom technology

Technology in education has become so ubiquitous that one could argue we’ve passed the tipping point. Technology is no longer seen as optional in schools, and everyone from the U.S. Congress t...


10/19/2018

Point/Counterpoint Do Schools Still Need Brick-and-Mortar Libraries?

YES Do all schools need brick-and-mortar libraries? NOPE! Some schools don't need library facilities or programs or librarians. These schools' teachers and administrators: Feel no need for a coll...


11/17/2014

3 best practices for pair programming

As any middle schooler will tell you, everything is better when a friend is around. Whether shopping for a new outfit or studying for a test, having a partner means getting access not only to compa...


10/19/2018

POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Are We Shifting Too Much Focus to STEM?

YES We need to improve our global economic standing in STEM areas. You’ll get no argument from me on that. Our laser focus on providing more STEM courses, however, might be blinding us to the fa...


10/19/2018

Research Windows: Forward Thinking from Washington, DC

T he U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology has been scouting current practices in the field and thinking about how new developments in computer science might affect edu...


07/30/2014

Make the most of student data

When you hear the term data, you might not get very excited. Data has a reputation for being dry, boring and difficult to deal with. All this changes, however, when you consider data's capabilities...


12/27/2018

How to boost buy-in for transformational learning initiatives

When Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance rolled out the district’s strategic plan, he went all out to recruit buy-in on two initiatives: a digital conversion to put a ...


12/27/2018

How student-centered learning is delivering on its promises

Last year, a group of high school students wondered what it would take to govern a country. So they organized. They wrote a constitution. They set up an economy. And they ran their mock government out...


10/19/2018

Effects of Multimedia Software on Achievement of Middle School Students in an American History Class

This study investigated social studies achievement as a result of utilizing a multimedia-based American history software program (Ignite Early American History, 2003) to augment textbook and lecture m...


04/22/2019

So, you want to evaluate a technology tool?

In the world of instructional technology, evaluating tech tools is widely misunderstood. School districts are under pressure to quantify the impact of technology integration on student achievement...


12/27/2018

Explore empathy and storytelling with Ashley Judd

Technology certainly plays a role in equipping students for success in the digital age. We can use it to teach them skills that will serve them well as productive workers in the global marketplace....