Announcements

  • Coaching Teachers to Implement Coding...

    Come join our Twitter collaboration with the Ed Tech Coaches Network on Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00 and/or 8:00 pm EST.

  • FRIDAY MARCH 24

    Results from the Who Do You Love, Educationally Speaking Poll this spring! 130 pm ET We will be reporting out Who Do You Love, Educationally Speaking? poll that we collaboratively did. Come and get your educational theory and theorist love!
    200 pm ET We will also have a quick paced discussion/debate on Coding, Gaming, IoT, and Wearables: New Student Success Technologies, or Chocolate-Covered Broccoli? We’ll be using WebEx, so if it is your first time using it you may want to login a little early.

  • Annual ISTE Games and Simulations Excellence Award!

     This award recognizes individuals and their contributions to ISTE Games and Simulations Network. It is an opportunity to also share the great work they are doing with others. Nominations are due by midnight on March 15th. 

  • Call for Creativity Playground Presenters at ISTE 2017!

    The Arts & Technology Network and the Innovative Learning Network are co-sponsoring the Creativity Playground at ISTE 2017. We need volunteers to present 30-minute sessions within the playground. These are quick presentations that showcase tools or strategies for infusing creativity into learning for all ages.

    CREATIVITY PLAYGROUND: ART & INNOVATION MASHUP

    Come see where innovation and art collide. Coding, music, art, game creation and more opportunities will be available in this hands-on session. This is a must stop for every ISTE participant! Bring back ideas for your teachers and students and capture their creative side with these unique tools and ideas.

    The playground is scheduled for Monday, June 26 from 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM CST. 

    To learn more or submit a proposal, visit this Google form. Proposals are due by 5 PM ET on Friday, March 31.

  • 3rd Webinar

    Join us for our 3rd webinar discussing digital equity in rural schools with Kory Graham and Tammy Neil March 27th at 7pm EST.

  • APLN Annual Conference Activities! Apply to Participate Now!

    Interested in becoming more involved in the Administrator’s Network?  Attending ISTE17 and have great ideas to share?  The Administrator’s Network is sponsoring two events this year and we’re looking for your voice!  Feel free to apply to present at either or both opportunities!

     
    Administrator PLN Forum Breakfast: Empowering the Student Voice in our Classrooms/Buildings

    (Pk-16)

    Each year the Administrator PLN hosts their annual breakfast forum that brings together administrators from across the globe to hear a variety of speakers on a topic of interest.  This year, our membership has expressed an interest in empowering student voice in our classrooms/buildings.  The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 28th.

    We are looking for multiple voices to enlighten and encourage fellow administrators.  If you have a story to share, we encourage you to apply as a panelist HERE

     
    APLN Leadership Playground

    And parallel to our breakfast… Our first ever Leadership Playground will focus on the theme of Empowering Vision and Voice.  This playground is an opportunity for current and aspiring (dare we add accidental) leaders to explore innovation tools and techniques in a fun, hands on environment.  

    The playground will have six 45 minutes revolving stations on themes of Empowering Student Voice, Empowering Teacher Voice, Enabling Community Voice, Finding Your Personal Voice.  Two formal presentation stages will offer presentations and conversations on the elements necessary to promote and leverage technology for learning.  The playground will run from 9am-1pm on Wednesday, June 28th. 

    We are interested in presentations on all areas of administration... tools, resources, personal vision and innovative processes... the sky is the limit!  We appreciate all levels of education (pre-K through post doc) and all levels of presenter experience!  The online application form is HERE

     
    Keep an eye out for more professional development opportunities from the ISTE Administrator Network in the weeks ahead!

  • #isteTEN March Twitter Chat

    Save the date for the next Teacher Education Network (#isteTEN) Twitter Chat: Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

    During this forward-thinking chat, we will discuss how student voices can and should shape education. We will explore students' hopes and concerns regarding the future of teaching and learning with technology. And, this chat will be co-moderated by students!

  • What your PLN can do for you

    Members of the ISTE Young Educator Network share how their PLN has helped them.

  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8pm

  • Archived Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1pm

  • Don’t miss the Submission Deadline for Innovative Learning Network Leadership Award

    Nominations deadline is approaching for the ISTE Innovative Learning Network - 2017 Outstanding Leadership Award

    The annual Outstanding Leadership Award honors an exceptional individual who exhibits a consistent drive to introduce innovative learning technologies to their schools and their peers. The awardee facilitates and exhibits proper usage and integration for educators, administrators, and students alike through consistent mentoring, training and support in the classroom and beyond. Similarly, they share and collaborate their successes and failures with peers from the greater ISTE community.

    Is this is you, or someone you know? Consider completing the nomination form linked below!

    Application deadline is February 28. 2017 at 12:00 pm EST. The award will be presented at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio this summer during the APLN Breakfast Forum.

  • Outstanding Inclusive Educator Award

    Nominations for 2017 ILN Outstanding Educator Award

    Nominations are now open for the Inclusive Learning Network (ILN) Outstanding Educator Award! This year's winner could be YOU!

    Nominate yourself or a colleague today via the 2017 InclusiveLN Award form.

  • Extreme Classroom Makeover Webinar Feb. 22

    The teachers of 8E house will share their work during the summer of 2016 to do an extreme classroom makeover. Four teachers moved into one large room and replaced traditional classroom furniture with new and flexible seating options. They painted walls, installed lighting and added a maker space to enhance student engagement and achievement. They’ll give a live tour of their new learning spaces and explain learning activities and strategies.

    Presented by the ISTE Learning Spaces Network, this webinar is part of the Spring 2017 ISTE Professional Learning Series. It will air on February 22, 2017 at 4 Pacific, 7 Eastern.  Register now!

  • ISTE @ ICE-IL for Teacher Refresh

    Join Susan Larson, Senior Director of the Affiliate Program on Thursday, March 2 at 10:00 presenting Educators of the Future: Refreshing the ISTE Standards for Teachers

  • 3D PLN Award

    We have only one nomination so far!  Please nominate yourself or another deserving colleague by Mar 1st!

  • PLN Awards

    Think about nominating or applying for our PLN award!  This year we get to do 2 awards!  See Latest Discussions on left for details.

  • Happy Valentine's Day!

    Who Do You Love (Educationally Speaking...of course)


    To celebrate the season, we are doing another collaborative poll and are asking "Who Do You Love?"  Don't worry, we are not trying to get personal. Instead we're asking what's your favorite educational theory, educational theorist and of course what's your favorite pedagogy.

    http://bit.ly/elccwhodoyoulove


     

    If you think we missed anything please go ahead and add it as an option!

    We’ll keep this poll open until the end of February - so vote with your heart!!!!!

    Speaking of who do you love - nominate that great educator who has been working so hard for games and simulations in the ISTE community.


    For more information check out the following links.

    Awards Criteria: http://bit.ly/gsn2017awardcriteria

    Nomination Form: http://bit.ly/gsn2017nomination

  • Games as Prompts for Classroom Discussion of Fake News and Alt Facts

    This Friday, February 10 we will be doing another Google Hangout at 8 pm ET on Games as Prompts for Classroom Discussion of Fake News and Alt Facts. We will be discussing using games as prompts for classroom discussion of fake news and alt facts. We will be approaching this from an information and technology literacy lens

  • Accepting Nominations for 2017 Digital Equity Award

    We are accepting nominations for the 2017 Digital Equity PLN Award through the end of February. Nominate yourself or a colleague who is a champion for digital equity in schools.

  • ISTE DE PLN Webinar #2 Recording

    Interested in understanding how to tackle digital divide issues at the district level? This webinar provides awesome insights and ideas on addressing digital equity from the district level. Webinar features Rafranz Davis, Adam Phyall, and Wes Kriesel.

  • Games and Simulations Excellence Award Call for Nominations

    It’s February and it’s the time for chocolate! No wait. It’s time to submit your nominations for the Annual ISTE Games and Simulations Excellence Award! This award recognizes individuals and their contributions to ISTE, Games and Simulations, and is an opportunity to share the great work they are doing with others.

    For more information check out the following links.
    Awards Criteria: http://bit.ly/gsn2017awardcriteria
    Nomination Form: http://bit.ly/gsn2017nomination

  • Winter 2017 Inclusive Learning Network Newsletter

    It’s February, and we have a jam-packed new Winter 2017 Inclusive Learning Network Newsletter out to fill your brains and warm your hearts.

    In this issue:
    - Nominate yourself or someone else for the 2017 Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator Award
    - Check out FreshGrade to upgrade your learners’ portfolio work
    - Meet Karen Janowski, UDL & AT advocate extraordinaire
    - Learn what’s been happening with our advocacy committee
    - Preview our upcoming book study
    - And so much more!

    Have a warm winter, and live inclusively!

  • Award for Excellence in Teacher Education

    Dear ISTE Teacher Education Network members,
    We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. The winner of this award will receive a complimentary ISTE membership, a plaque, and recognition in a news release and at the PLN Leader Breakfast at the ISTE Conference & Expo.
    To submit your nomination, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/Ptvct2kzahrG8xA62

    To help you prepare your nomination materials, here is a list of what you need to submit:

    Nominee's contact information (including mailing address)
    CV
    Biography (350 word limit)
    1-2 letters of support
    2 artifacts (e.g., presentations, websites, journal articles) that demonstrate the impact and innovation of the nominee in the field of educational technology and teacher education
    Descriptions of each artifact (250 word limit/artifact)
    Narrative statement (2000 word limit)
    Responses to the following prompts (250 word limit each): 1) Describe how the nominee's teaching activities include and promote innovative technology-rich pedagogical practices. 2) How has the nominee contributed to the field of educational technology and teacher education through scholarly activities? 3) How has the nominee furthered the field of teaching with technology through participation in community or service activities (including educator mentorships and professional development opportunities)?


    Here is a copy of the rubric that the TEN leadership team will use to select the winner of this award: https://goo.gl/forms/VOFqeYridJvOVp7r1
    The deadline to submit your nomination is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
    If you have any questions about the award, please don't hesitate to contact me.
    Cheers,
    Torrey Trust
    ISTE Teacher Education Network President
    torrey@umass.edu

  • Apply for the ISTE Ed Tech Coaches 2017 Award!

    The ISTE Ed Tech Coaches Network is excited to announce an award opportunity. The Ed Tech Coaches award honors an individual whose work, artifacts, and recommendations most closely align with the ISTE standards for Coaches (http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-coaches). The award will be given to a visionary ed tech coach who demonstrates innovative ideas and leadership for teaching, learning, and supporting peers in becoming digital age educators.

    Applications will be accepted between now and February 28 for the chance to be recognized with this prestigious award at the ISTE Conference and Expo 2017 in San Antonio.

    Nominees are judged on how their coaching practice:
    - demonstrates the ability to plan for and incorporate the use of technology in educational settings
    - is dedicated to the continual improvement of professional practice
    - significantly advances the quality of education in his/her setting
    - exhibits visionary leadership
    - reflects the mission and purpose of ISTE's Ed Tech Coaches PLN.

    Applications are due February 28, 2017. The winner and non-winners will be contacted in April.

    The award recipient will be recognized in a variety of ways:
    - Award presented at PLN Leaders Breakfast at the 2017 ISTE Conference
    - Blog post honoring award recipient
    - ISTE social media posts
    - Complimentary one-year ISTE standard membership
    - Press release from ISTE

    If you have questions about the award, contact Pam Shoemaker, a member of the EdTech Coaches Leadership Team. pamelashoemaker@wlcsd.org

  • Nominations are now open for the ISTE Innovative Learning Network - 2017 Outstanding Leadership Awar

    The annual Outstanding Leadership Award honors an exceptional individual who exhibits a consistent drive to introduce innovative learning technologies to their schools and their peers. The awardee facilitates and exhibits proper usage and integration for educators, administrators, and students alike through consistent mentoring, training and support in the classroom and beyond. Similarly, they share and collaborate their successes and failures with peers from the greater ISTE community.

    Is this is you, or someone you know? Consider completing the nomination form linked below!

    Application deadline is February 28. 2017 at 12:00 pm EST. The award will be presented at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio this summer during the APLN Breakfast Forum.

  • 2017 ISTE Online Learning Network Award Announced - Apply Now!

    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 Online Learning PLN Award recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for transformational online and blended learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.

    Anyone who is a champion in the fields of online and/or blended learning is eligible for the award. Nominations will begin being accepted on February 1, 2017 and run through February 29, 2017.

    Judging for this award will be done by a committee of Online Learning Network members in conjunction with members of the OLN Leadership Committee. Award recipients may be nominated by colleagues or by themselves using this form exclusively. Recipients of the award will be recognized at ISTE 2017 and have an opportunity to present their work in a poster session. If the award winner is an individual a plaque will also be awarded. If the selected recipient is a group, they will receive the same recognition at ISTE 2017. Only one plaque will be awarded. One ISTE membership will be given to the winner (only one can be given if a group wins).

    Questions about the award may be directed to the OLN Awards Chair Anita Harris (itechspec@gmail.com) or the OLN President Michele Eaton (michele.eaton@wayne.k12.in.us).

    We look forward to receiving some great applications as so many educators are truly modeling great teaching and student learning through the use of online and blended learning. Why not showcase what you are doing and apply for this award today? You will be so glad you did! And, thank YOU for sharing all that you do to help students!

  • 3D PLN Award

    It is time to nominate a colleague or yourself for the ISTE 3D 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 in regards to 3D, AR and VR. Nominations end March 1, 2017.

  • Nominations for 2017 ILN Outstanding Educator Award

    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 2017 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.

    Last year’s winner, Luis Pérez continues to be a leader in our field and active member of the ILN, consulting and presenting around the world on inclusive learning issues and co-chairing the Professional Learning and Conference Proposal Review committees. His ongoing commitment to inclusive learning truly exemplifies the intent of the award.

    The call for nominations begins today, February 1, 2017 and runs through to the end of February. The winner will be honored in a variety of ways -


    • Award presented at ISTE 2017 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,
      Susie and Jennifer

      Susie Gronseth
      President, Inclusive Learning Network

      Jennifer Edge-Savage
      President-Elect, Inclusive Learning Network

  • FREE Professional Learning Opportunity

    Did you know that ISTE has a mobile learning academy?

    The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a FREE 10 week professional learning opportunity for U.S. schools and districts.... and the next cohort starts on February 6!

    Applications are currently being approved for school or district teams with at least 5 committed members. You can start your application today at http://iste.org/vmla. Then, to lock in your team’s spot in this prestigious course, please add your additional members through the application portal OR simply email Sherry Bosch (sbosch@iste.org) their names, emails, and roles (at least 1 admin, at least 1 tech coach/specialist/leader, and 3-8 teachers).

    And don’t forget to share these great benefits of participating in ISTE’s mobile learning academy with the other educators in your school or district:

    The 10-week course is entirely free!
    Course materials and activities are online, allowing you to participate in world-class professional learning from your own school campus.

    ISTE provides an experienced Instructional Coach to work with your team and customize the experience to address the specific questions and needs of your school and team members.
    Everyone who participates receives 2.5 Continuing Education Units (25 Continuing Education hours) from Johns Hopkins University.

    The team approach unites administrators, technology specialists/coaches, and educators in their vision for improving teaching and learning with technology.

    Sherry Bosch and the VMLA team are happy to answer any further questions you may have about the program or to chat about this opportunity with other administrators or edtech leaders from your school or district. so please don't hesitate to reach out.

    We would love to see many of our Mobile Learning Network members participate in this prestigious course!!

  • Archived Twitter Chat

    January 31, 2017 at 1pm

  • Archived Twitter Chat

    January 31, 2017 at 8pm

  • 2017 STEM Excellence Award

    Nominations for the STEM Excellence Award are now closed. We thank you everyone who for participated. We received so many outstanding nominations and truly have our work cut out.

    We wish everyone luck and are so honored to be part of an organization with  amazing group of educators.

    Regards,

    Julianne

  • STEM Playground Proposals

    Proposals for the STEM Playground Award has now concluded. We thank you everyone who for participated. We received a large number of outstanding proposals and truly have our work cut out. 

    If your proposal is not selected this year please submit again next year or consider presenting it as a webinar or Twitter chat for our network. 

    Thank you Again,

    Julianne

  • Games and Multiculturalism

    Join us for a Google Hangout on Games & Multiculturalism Hangout. We will be discussing the affective domain and using game based learning for raising students' awareness of multiculturalism.

  • Nominations for 2017 Exemplary Leadership Award Open February 1st

    The ISTE Administrator's Network opens nominations for the 2017 Administrator PLN Annual Exemplary Leadership Award on February 1, 2017.

    This annual ISTE award recognizes an exceptional leader in education exhibiting exemplary work providing the necessary conditions for both students and teachers to effectively leverage technology for learning. Is this is you, or someone you know, consider completing the nomination form linked below!

    Application deadline is February 28. 2017 at 12:00 pm EST. The award will be presented at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio this summer during the APLN Breakfast Forum.

  • ISTE MLN January Newsletter

    The first MLN newsletter for 2017 is out. Check out our ISTE2017 conference opportunities and join in!

  • 3D Twitter Chats!

    Come check out weekly twitter chats!
    8 pm Wednesday evenings @jaimedonally

    All resources can be found for Twitter chat, Video Chat at tiny.cc/arvrinedu

  • 3D/AR/VR Board Openings!

    Spread the word! We are looking for members to serve on the 3D PLN board for 2 year terms. If you are interested, please email: kristin.donley@bvsd.org

    Thanks to all of our members-- keep the chats going! We also have a presence on twitter
    "https://twitter.com/ISTE3DNetwork" and LinkedIn

  • #CES2017 Livestream and hashtag over twitter

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is happening from January 4 - January 7, 2017. CES had an attendance of 177, 393 last year and focuses on 20 different categories of consumer products. There’s a number of categories (gaming, health and biotech, robotics and wearables) that Games & Sims Network educators could be very interested in! See the link below for the livestream schedule.

  • Have a Globally Collaborative Year

    The ISTE Global Collaboration PLN would like to wish you all a wonderful upcoming new year. This is an opportunity for you to make new connections with other educators across the hall, across the state or around the globe to help prepare your students to be digital citizens for tomorrow.

    Have you seen ISTE's article on "7-Steps for Starting a Global Collaboration Project"? It's a great way to begin connecting.

    Another way to connect is through our Global Collaboration PLN. Follow us and attend our online events to connect with like-minded educators from around the world.

  • Standards for Teachers Refresh Project

    As a new elect board member of ISTE (thank you TEN!), I invite you to have a voice in the future of education by reviewing and giving feedback on draft v1 of the ISTE Standards for Teachers. These standards, like the 2016 student standards that were released in June, provide a guide for teaching and learning with technology. As more schools and districts look to capitalize on technology investments, it becomes more critical than ever for teachers to rethink and redesign authentic learning opportunities for their students through the purposeful use of technology.

    You can weigh in yourself and engage your colleagues to give ISTE feedback:

    • Take a 15-minute survey for individuals
    • Gather feedback from colleagues at a staff meeting or present at a conference by requesting a toolkit which includes a presentation, facilitators guide and group survey
    • Share the survey by email

    You can learn more and keep up-to-date with the refresh at www.iste.org/TeacherRefresh
    If you have questions, please feel free to email me!
    Sincerely,
    Randy Hansen

  • What Tech is on Your Holiday Wish List??????

    Is your tech on the "Tech to Be Thankful For" results? A Big THANK YOU!!! to everyone who filled out this survey for fun! Join us on Tuesday December 20th at 4 pm when we will be livestreaming the results over Google Hangout.

  • What Tech is on Your Holiday Wish List??????

    Is your tech on the "Tech to Be Thankful For" results? A Big THANK YOU!!! to everyone who filled out our fun survey! Join us on Tuesday December 20th at 4 pm ET when we will be livestreaming the results over Google Hangout.

  • Webinar on STEM Tech Tools

    On Monday, December 12th The Inclusion Learning Network hosted a webinar on STEM Tools You Should Get to Know Over The Break. This webinar was a collaboration between ISTE’s Inclusive Learning and STEM PLN. You can watch either the entire recording, or skip to a specific segment that interests you.

  • How to survive your first year of teaching

    Check out this video with YEN members sharing their top survival tips for your first year in the classroom.

  • OpenSimulator Community Conference

    The 4th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference is being held this week on December 10 -11, 2016

    The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimuator and AvaCon, the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

  • OpenSimulator Community Conference

    The 4th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conferenceis being held this week on December 10 -11, 2016
    The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimuator and AvaCon, the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

  • Free DK Guide

    Get ready for an Hour of Code with this free resource from DK.