Announcements

  • 2018 ISTE Digital Equity PLN Award

    The annual ISTE awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning, and leading in the digital age with a focus on digital equity. Please nominate a colleague or self-nominate today: http://bit.ly/DEaward2018
  • Leadership Playground - Now Accepting Proposals

    Our 2018 Leadership Playground will focus on the ISTE Administrator Standards 2018 Refresh. These standards will be fully released during the ISTE 2018 Conference in Chicago, IL.... but you all get a sneak preview of the working language for the new document! This playground is an opportunity for all levels of education leaders to grapple with the ideas of the refreshed standards and share concrete techniques in a fun, hands on environment.

    The playground will have six 45 minutes revolving stations on threads listed below. Two seated areas will also offer presentations and conversations on the elements necessary to promote and leverage technology within these threads. The playground will run from Tuesday, June 26th from 2:00 - 5:30pm.  Proposal Form is linked below.
  • Annual Exemplary Leadership Award: Nominations Open

    The annual ISTE awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.
    The ISTE Administrator PLN Annual Award for Exemplary Leadership recognizes an administrator who sets the essential conditions necessary so that teachers and students can leverage technology to enhance learning . This administrator will exemplify at least three of the ISTE Standards for Administrators :

    1. Visionary Leadership
    2. Digital Age Learning Culture
    3. Excellence in Professional Practice
    4. Systematic Improvement
    5. Digital Citizenship


    Nominate a colleague or yourself today!  Award for Exemplary Leadership Form
  • Intro to LitRPG

    On Wednesday  February 21 at  8 pm ET/6 pm MT
    We’re doing an Intro to LitRPG Hangout
    Curious about what LitRPG is? Come to our Hangout!
  • Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator Award - Nominations are OPEN

    Dear Inclusive LN Members,


    Nominations are now open for the Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award! Nominate yourself or a colleague today via the 2018 InclusiveLN Award form.


    The Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award honors an individual who exemplifies the vision and mission of the ILN - "enhancing opportunities for ALL learners through effective practices and technology resources." Nominations will be considered from individuals working in various educational settings, including but not limited to Pre-K-12, higher education, non-profit, and industry.


    Previous winners, Mindy Johnson, Luis Pérez, and Mike Marotta, continue to be leaders in our field and active members of the InclusiveLN, consulting and presenting around the world on inclusive learning issues, making the most of social media to connect our PLC and advocate for change, and making a difference through pioneering UDL organizations such as CAST. Their ongoing commitment to inclusive learning truly exemplifies the intent of this award.


    The call for nominations begins today, February 1, 2018 and runs through to the end of February. The winner will be honored in a variety of ways -

    Award presented at ISTE 2018 PLN Leaders Breakfast
    Blog posts honoring award recipients
    ISTE social media posts
    Complimentary one-year standard ISTE membership
    Press release from ISTE

    There will be ONE winner, but ALL nominees will be honored. Nominations will be shared with the Inclusive Learning Network Community via Social Media and ILN Website - A wonderful way to showcase exemplary work in this field!


    Inclusively Yours,


    Jennifer and Luis


    Jennifer Edge-Savage

    President, Inclusive Learning Network


    Luis Perez

    President-Elect, Inclusive Learning Network
  • Nominations Open for the 2018 Independent SchoolOutstanding Educator

    Nominations are now open for the ISTE Independent School Educator Network Outstanding Educator Award. This award recognizes  exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.


    This award recognizes an Independent School educator or leader that has implemented innovative practices, established private-public partnerships, and/or has shared their time advancing the teaching practice with all educators.


    Nominations will close on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. To nominate your favorite educator or leader, please fill out the following  form –  https://goo.gl/9sxWTv


    This year's awardee will be honored at the 2018 ISTE Conference & Expo in Chicago this June.
  • STEM Playground ISTE18

    Call for Proposals to Participate - The STEM PLN is hosting a playground #ISTE18 We are looking for PLN members to share their knowledge & expertise in the form of hands-on, interactive STEM lessons with colleagues.

    Tuesday, June 26 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm
  • STEM Excellence Award

    Nominations are now open for the STEM Excellence Award! We encourage YOU to apply or nominate a friend!

    Nominations closed February 28, 2018
  • IVC Award Nominations Now OPEN!

    Nominate yourself or a colleague! The ISTE Interactive Videoconferencing Network is excited to announce two award opportunities! One will be given to an outstanding educator (teacher, administrator, coordinator, etc...) and their role in videoconferencing. The second award will be for an outstanding informal educator (content provider, individual, organization, etc...) and their use of videoconferencing in the field. Register with the link below!
  • Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator Award - Nominations are OPEN

    Dear Inclusive LN Members,


    Nominations are now open for the Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award! Nominate yourself or a colleague today via the 2018 InclusiveLN Award form.


    The Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award honors an individual who exemplifies the vision and mission of the ILN - "enhancing opportunities for ALL learners through effective practices and technology resources." Nominations will be considered from individuals working in various educational settings, including but not limited to Pre-K-12, higher education, non-profit, and industry.


    Previous winners, Mindy Johnson, Luis Pérez, and Mike Marotta, continue to be leaders in our field and active members of the InclusiveLN, consulting and presenting around the world on inclusive learning issues, making the most of social media to connect our PLC and advocate for change, and making a difference through pioneering UDL organizations such as CAST. Their ongoing commitment to inclusive learning truly exemplifies the intent of this award.


    The call for nominations begins today, February 1, 2018 and runs through to the end of February. The winner will be honored in a variety of ways:

    Award presented at ISTE 2018 PLN Leaders Breakfast
    Blog posts honoring award recipients
    ISTE social media posts
    Complimentary one-year standard ISTE membership
    Press release from ISTE

    There will be ONE winner, but ALL nominees will be honored. Nominations will be shared with the Inclusive Learning Network Community via Social Media and ILN Website - A wonderful way to showcase exemplary work in this field!


    Inclusively Yours,


    Jennifer and Luis


    Jennifer Edge-Savage

    President, Inclusive Learning Network


    Luis Perez

    President-Elect, Inclusive Learning Network
  • Games & Sims Network Award Nominations!

    The Games & Sims Network Excellence award nominations open today and stay open until February 28, 2018.

    This professional learning network award is based on excellence in advocacy, collaboration, communication, innovation and service.

    Nominate someone today!
  • ISTE Global Collaboration Award - Deadline February 28th

    The ISTE Global Collaboration Network is excited to announce an award opportunity. The ISTE Global Collaboration Award recognizes a person/group that promotes Global Collaboration with social responsibility in mind. This person/group incorporates the ISTE Student Standard "Global Collaborator" (https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students) into their regular practice as a way to support learners. The ISTE Global Collaboration PLN’s Innovation in Global Collaboration Award winner is someone who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in and understanding of implementing global collaboration, is passionate about collaborating, and has evidence of successful collaborations. 


    Applications will be accepted between February 1 and February 28 for the chance to be recognized with this prestigious award at the ISTE Conference and Expo 2018 in Chicago. This opportunity is only available to ISTE members.


    Nominees are judged on the following:
    - Provides evidence of advanced use of the ISTE Standards used seamlessly in an impactful global collaboration project
    - Has a significant positive impact on global collaboration in their educational community
    - Continuously improves their professional practice through global collaboration.


    Apply for this award using the online form found here: ISTE Global Collaboration PLN Award.    


    Applications are due February 28, 2018.  The winner(s) and non-winners will be contacted in April.


    The award recipient(s) will be recognized in a variety of ways, including:

    - Award presented at PLN Leaders Breakfast at the 2018 ISTE Conference
    - ISTE social media posts
    - Complimentary one-year ISTE standard membership
    - Press release from ISTE
  • ISTE APLN Annual Collaborative Book Study!

    Dear PLN Administrator Members,

    Our ISTE PLNAdmin Book Study for 2018 is just around the corner.

    We have chosen When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing  by Daniel Pink as our book.  The discussion will take place starting the week of February 19, 2018.

    We will take a chapter a week, and during our final week, I am working on getting Dan Pink to join us for a brief “interview.” I will let you know if we can arrange for this to happen. 

    Typically, we take a chapter at a time (see schedule below). It would be wonderful if several of you would be willing to lead the discussion of one of the chapters during one of the weeks.  This involves simply coming up with a prompt (or several) that would open the discussion for the chapter of the week. If you would like to participate as one of the weekly discussion leaders in this way, please let me know through an email at rebecca.grube@wilkes.edu or at beckywish@aol.com. Once I know which of you wants to participate as a chapter discussion leader, I’ll add your name to the schedule and inform all of you of the link for the book study. 

    Please also send me your email if you wish to simply participate in the discussion. I will create an email list to send messages about our Book Study to those who indicate an interest. The next email from me will provide the link to the Book Study. 

    Thank you. I’m looking forward to exploring this book with you! We will be using CourseSites.com again for our study together. 

    Schedule for Book Study 2018
    Each week, we you will find a Discussion Forum that has been created for you to discuss the Chapter of the week. Our schedule looks like this:

    • Week 1, February 19 through February 25: Chapter 1--The Hidden Pattern of Everyday Life
    • Week 2, February 26 through March 4: Chapter 2--Afternoons and Coffee Spoons . . .
    • Week 3, March 5 through March 11: Chapter 3--Beginnings . . .
    • Week 4, March 12 through March 18: Chapter 4--Midpoints . . .
    • Week 5, March 19 through March 25: Chapter 5--Endings . . .
    • Week 6, March 26 through April 1 (No fooling!) : Chapter 6--Syncing Fast and Slow . . .
    • Week 7, April 2 through April 8: Chapter 7--Thinking in Tenses . . .

    Sincerely,
    Becky Grube
  • Ethics & Games Recording

    Sherry Jones goes into detail with us on the ethics and values of the mobile app Fallout Shelter which is part of the Fallout Shelter series http://www.falloutshelter.com/
    It is based off an alternative history and culture of fear from 1950s. 
  • Learning Spaces PLN webinar featuring Dr. Robert Dillon, author of The Space: A Guide for Educators

    This webinar is designed to support school and district leaders in growing their vision, communicating with students and parents, and growing teacher satisfaction by optimizing facilities through learning space design. Changing instruction and supporting the use of digital tools is a difficult journey for schools and districts, but it is nearly impossible with the physical space doesn't support the change. This session will provide research-backed, practical ideas to support improving areas will outside the building, the entryway, the office, the hallway, and many others. Successful leaders are seeing the power of shaping the physical environment to bolster teachers and impact learning.

    Presenter Info:
    Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on the Leadership Team for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today's needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He is the author of four books on best practices in learning, Leading Connected Classrooms Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today, Redesigning Learning Space, and his most recent book on learning space design called The Space: A Guide for Educators.

    Webinar Connection: To join the meeting, go to https://iste.adobeconnect.com/learningspace/ and select the Guest option. Enter your name and state you are from and click/touch Enter Room. You will enter a holding area where you will wait until the meeting starts.
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8pm ET
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 1pm ET
  • Ethics & Games Hangout begins at 7 pm

    At 7 pm ET, Sherry Jones @autnes will be doing her inaugural Ethics and Games webcast on Fallout Shelter.

    This series will be in-depth discussions that offer in-depth analysis of 1 game's narrative/aesthetics/mechanics level by level, explain how the game's design imparts and/or promotes certain ethical values and Introduce 1 or more ethical theory that demonstrates or counters the game's ethical values (ex. discuss whether the game's imparted ethical values are regressive or progressive for the betterment of society).
  • MLN Playground Proposals Now Being Accepted!

    Proposals are now being accepted for the MLN Playground event at the ISTE 2018 Conference.

    2018 MLN Playground Proposal form:
    https://goo.gl/forms/SeHKJftX0q3PJWMM2

    Proposals are due by March 4th!

    The MLN Playground is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27th at 9am-12pm.  Playground presentations are informal (come and go) table-top conversations to share innovative, "tried and tested" strategies related to mobile learning. Presentation sessions may be scheduled for 1-3 hours depending on presenter preference and space/schedule availability.  The Playground area will also have 2 presentation areas with a large monitor, microphone and seating for a small group of participants. If you are interested in also presenting your topic in a 30-minute session in one of these areas, please indicate that in the related question.

    NOTE: To support the spirit of ISTE Playgrounds supporting educators in sharing ideas and strategies, MLN Playground Presentations must be delivered by teachers, faculty, school administrators or other education practitioner roles. Presenters will most likely share about specific products, however, presentations by product vendors will not be accepted. Preference will be given to presentations that focus on strategies that can be implemented through a variety of tools or products.

    For questions about the 2018 MLN Playground, please contact:

    Dr. Mark Jones
    mejones@ecok.edu

    Dr. Lucretia Fraga
    lfraga@uiwtx.edu
  • ISTE Mobile Learning Network Newsletter - January 2018

    Hello ISTE Mobile Learning Network! 

    Please see the latest MLN news and events in the January MLN Newsletter:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRtC5UKemhEJM76fHWG99Y3pmgrG5bWVbPMkw0IzTXIg7BXOg_WbtU8pOYElaYyx0bsQctb_mDWmcH3/pub

    Thanks,
    Mark


    Dr. Mark Jones
    ISTE Mobile Learning Network President
    Assistant Professor, Education
    East Central University
  • Recording of Intro to Games & Sims and AR/VR/MR

    We did an overview and introduction of what we mean when we talk, teach and design games, simulations, AR/VR/MR for education in the year 2018.

    Slides http://bit.ly/intro2gamevrarslides

  • Make sure to vote!

    The deadline to vote for your favorite sessions is January 26th! Be sure to vote for the sessions that you are most interested in. I've posted several IVC related sessions in the Discussions. Feel free to post your sessions there as well!
  • ISTE 2018 People's Choice - We NEED your HELP!

    Please tweet/email/FB out to your networks:

    http://goo.gl/UkBAWA  - @ISTE_CTN in collaboration with @NCWIT have submitted an @iste 2018 People's Choice session. Please check it out, spread the word, and consider voting! #CS4ALL
  • Check out our Fall Newsletter!

    Available now with great tidbits to help make learning more inclusive.
  • Ready Player One Book Club Spring 2018

    We're doing Ready Player One as a book club in Spring 2018 right before and during the opening of the movie!

    The Metagame Book Club will run from March 12 - April 8, 2018. 

    Come join us! Feel free to share sign-up with your friends, colleagues, students and kids!
    http://bit.ly/readyplayeronesignup
  • Intro Session - Intro to Games & Sims and AR/VR/MR

    Save the Date! See You Next Year!
    Mark your calendar as our next Games & Sims network event will be on Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 8 pm ET.

    Intro Session - Intro to Games & Sims and AR/VR/MR

    Join the Games and Sims Network for an overview and introduction of what we mean when we talk, teach and design games, simulations, AR/VR/MR for education in the year 2018
  • New Relationship between ETC & Google for Education!

    The Edtech Coaches leadership team has an exciting announcement to make: We will be working with the team at Google for Education to provide you with resources and learning opportunities that will be beneficial to you as a current or aspiring tech coach in becoming a Google Certified Trainer!

    In order to help us decide where we should focus our efforts, we would really appreciate you filling out the very short survey (it should take you about five to ten minutes) by Friday, January 12, 2018. Rather than the ETC Leadership team and Google for Education team dictating what we think you need, we would rather respond to your actual needs and requests; this survey will provide us that information. Regardless if you hold all or none of the Google Certifications, we want to hear from you! The survey can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/etcgooglesurvey.

    More details to come once we collect your feedback. We’re looking forward to providing another great benefit to our Edtech Coaches PLN members!

    --The following is a message from David Chen, Program Manager for Google for Education--

    The Google Certified Trainer program is a community of over 3500 school instructional technologists from over 75 countries. We offer training courses, resources, community, and events to help educators become the best they can be when it comes to integrating tech into the classroom. We are pleased to join EdTech Coaches community to bring more opportunities to help enhance your effectiveness as a technology professional.
  • OpenSim Event This Weekend - Dec 16 & 17

    If you missed the chance to get into Open Sim last weekend, good news we have been invited back into Open Sim! The 1st Hypergrid International Expo (HIE) is taking place on Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17
  • Open Sim Conference This Weekend!

    The 5th annuqal Open Sim Community Conference is this Weekend! It starts on Friday Dec 8 with an Educator Meetup from 5 pm - 630 pm PT

    It officially opens up on Saturday Dec 9 and runs through Dec 10!

  • Net Neutrality Recording

    Here's the Net Neutrality Discussion we did as part of our Rapid Response Series in advance of the December 14 vote by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Archived Twitter Chat 8pm

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8pm Eastern
  • Archived Twitter Chat 1pm

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1pm Eastern
  • Net Neutrality - Rapid Response Hangout

    Join us for a Rapid Response Hangout on the upcoming vote on Net Neutrality Regulation at Friday December 1 at 200 pm (ET)

    What does this mean to us as educator who use tech?
  • Digital Equity in TE & PD - Webinar Recording

  • OpenSimulator Community Conference Preview November 30 at 8 pm ET

    The fifth annual Open Simulator (OpenSim) conference will be taking place on Saturday December 9th and Sunday December 10th!

    We are lucky enough to have the OpenSim conference organizer, Dr. Cynthia Calongne who is also part of the Games & Sims Network leadership to give us a preview of the OpenSimulator Community Conference Preview November 30 at 8 pm ET.

    OpenSimulator is an open source project that allows developers to create their own world. This conference will highlight the community, design, simulations, games and education in the Metaverse.
  • UnConference for Colorado Educators

    If you are in the state of Colorado especially in the Boulder area, you are invited to an Unconference (RSVP)

    All Colorado educators are invited to the UnConference being held on Friday November 17, 2017 at the IDEA Forge on the University of Colorado Boulder campus (across from the UC Law School).  

    An UnConference is a different type of format than a conference. An UnConference has no keynote speakers, no predetermined panels and we’ll decide on the final topics in the morning at 9 am session. You can use this link to start learning more about how to prepare for an UnConference.
  • And the Winner of the Amazon Gift Card Is.....

    Congratulations Ms. Shawn Lloyd, Library Media Specialist at Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, VA! Ms. Lloyd is the winner of a $40 Amazon gift card. We hope that you enjoy this gift! Thank you to everyone that completed the survey!
  • A chat with Kelly Anderson about Skype in the classroom, 11/8, 6pm ET

    IVC PLN Chat
    Kelly Anderson, Skype in the classroom
    Wednesday, November 8, 6pm ET

    Learn about Skype in the classroom, Mystery Skype, Skype Lessons, Virtual Field Trips and more. Also news about the free resources from the Microsoft Educator Community and the upcoming Skype-a-thon (November 28-29). 

    Register in advance for this meeting (limit 100). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Contact Jason Robertshaw for questions (jrshaw @ mote.org).

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  • Join us this Thursday for World Usability Day!

    Join the Inclusive Learning Network in celebrating World Usability Day! On Thursday, November 9th at 7PM Eastern time, a panel of ILN members will come together to discuss the impact of usability and accessibility on all aspects of our lives – from accessing information for learning to daily living and meaningful employment.
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8pm Eastern
  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 1pm Eastern