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VOICES CARRY: E-Rate 2.0, Here We Come!

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Over the past several months, ISTE has been leading the way in developing recommendations to modernize and increase funding for the E-Rate program, and we’ve engaged ISTE members’ help. We listened to your recommendations about how to improve the program and have incorporated your ideas and…

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RESEARCH WINDOWS: ISTE Standards in the Research

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When ISTE began developing educational technology standards for PK–12 students in the early 1990s, it was ahead of its time. The organization saw the need to prepare students for the future, and it invested in standards as a way to give schools a clear path to staying relevant. The future that ISTE…

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ISTE IN ACTION: Connected Learning. Connected World.

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Change is afoot at ISTE. It’s palpable and positive. 

Initiated by the board of directors’ emphasis on brand positioning during the CEO recruitment process last year, ISTE has dedicated itself for the past 12 months to collaborative, high-level brand positioning work. A board/staff…

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CONNECTED CLASSROOM: The Fablab Classroom

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The Connected Classroom column was originally intended to be a forum for exploring the educational implications of connecting classrooms to one another and to the world. Today, this includes re-examining the relationship of printed publications to online media. As L&L makes the jump to…

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CONNECTED CLASSROOM: Teach STEAM with Toys

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People used mechanical models extensively for both play and scientific exploration from the time of the ancient Greeks through the Renaissance. And now the trend has returned.

The European Union established the Automata Toy…

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AS I SEE 'IT': A Whole New Blend of Learning

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One thing about being in education is that if you stay around long enough, you see the same ideas and practices cycle back through. For example, remember when everything was about outcomes-based education in the early 1990s? Fast-forward 20 years, and now it is all about standards-based learning.…

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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Student Hacking: Awesome or Awful?

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Awesome

While hackers appear frequently in the news and other media as criminals who steal vast amounts of data ranging from email passwords to Social Security numbers, the truth is that a similar number of relatively anonymous hackers work just as furiously to thwart those engaged in…

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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Can Learning Be Too Personalized?

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Yes.

Today, virtually all information we consume is customized for us. In his influential book and TED talk, Eli Pariser describes the phenomenon of the “filter bubble,” where algorithms in search engines and social networks make judgments about our needs, desires, and…

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

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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 fact that many students lack the crucial ability to put to use their STEM because they are not…

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MEMBER PROFILE: Sara Hunter: You Don't Have to Be a Scientist to Incorporate STEM

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Most people are content following one passion. But for Sara Hunter, the opportunity to merge her love of teaching with an intrinsic interest in technology led her to the ultimate dream job. 

As a third grade teacher at Union Elementary School in Zionville, Indiana, Hunter was the go-to…

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