Announcements

  • Volunteer to Help at The Early Learning Playground at the ISTE Conference!

    Hello Everyone!

    The ELN Leadership Team is excited to announce we have opportunities for you to help CREATE EXPLORERS in the Early Learning Playground at ISTE. 

    The Playground is Monday, June 24, 8:00–11:30 AM in the Philadelphia Convention Center.

    We have planned for another fun, exciting, and low-stress place to play with robots, tangible tech, apps, and more, all appropriate for young learners ages 4-8... now we need some friendly folks to help us.

    We are looking for people who like to play with tech and to get others playing with technologies. The ideal volunteers are friendly and wanting to participate with others who are interested in young learners. You DO NOT need to be an expert in anything other than playing well with others... come explore new tools and some old favorites with us.

    Use this form to sign up:
     http://bit.ly/volunteerplayground
    (https://goo.gl/forms/TWR8E586zZaEBlBd2)

    We will provide details as to your assigned time as it gets closer to the Conference.

    If you have ANY questions, please email Gail Lovely: GailLovely@SuddenlyItClicks.com
  • March Newsletter

    Hi Everyone! 
    Our March newsletter is ready. This month's topic is Learning Analytics. We have some wonderful resources and information about this highly relevant topic just for you. Thanks to Dennis McElroy for our awesome newsletter look and format!  We are also taking guest posts for April's newsletter, the theme is Cyber Learning and Digital Breakouts. Send questions to Rdene915@gmail.com

    We hope you enjoy!
    ISTETEN Leadership Team

    Link
    March 2019 Newsletter PDF
    March 2019 Newsletter ePub
  • 2018-19 ETC Webinar Series Wraps Up!

    If you didn't get a chance to make any of the live webinars from the 2018-19 Edtech Coaches Network Playground Webinar Series, you can access all the recordings in the ETC Community area under the "Library" tab--> Webinars folder--> 2018 Webinars. Or, you can go to this link directly: http://bit.ly/etc2018webinararchives. 
    Thanks to all our wonderful coaches who presented this year!
  • Cisco Connected Educator Event: Webex for Educators

    Come Earn a Badge for Connecting your Classroom!
    Date/Time: March 27 at 4pmEST
    Register here!

    Join us to learn how Webex in the classroom can provide you everything you need for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration.  Webex is the only tool needed to collaborate with other educators, students and even your parents. In this webinar you will receive everything you need to be connected and to connect your classroom to the world outside your classroom walls.  This webinar is the first step in earning a Cisco Connected Educator Badge. Come learn from a badge recipient how easy it is to earn your badge.

    Hope to see you there!

    Ben Newsome

    PLN President

    Fizzics Education

  • ISTE MLN Newsletter - March 2019

    Hello MLN Friends!

    Let the #marchmadness begin! The ISTE Mobile Learning Network March 2019 Newsletter is out! We are excited to share with you this month's newsletter. We are happy to have Dr. Suzanne Becking share her experiences in navigating the challenging ISTE Certification. Also, we provide information about our upcoming webinars. And of course, leave you with a bit of wisdom from our coaches corner. So take a moment and give it a read! http://bit.ly/MLN-MarchNews

    Be sure to register for our upcoming March webinar that will be presented by Dr. Jacie Maslyk.  
    Building STEAM: Strategies to Unleash Innovation in the Classroom
    Wednesday, March 20 7:30 EST
    http://bit.ly/MLN_MarchWebinarReg

    Also, don't forget... ISTE Mobile Learning Network Playground Proposals are now being accepted! Deadline is April 19th with notification given on May 1st. See proposal form for more information: http://bit.ly/ISTEMLN_Playground 

    Thank you for spending your time reading our current issue of the ISTE MLN newsletter. If you'd like to share the amazing things you're doing in your classroom and be a guest columnist, please feel free to email me at lfraga@uiwtx.edu.

    Sincerely,
    MLN Leadership Team

    ISTE MLN Newsletter - March 2019
  • Playground Applications are Open!

    The ISTE Ed Leaders Playground is accepting proposals! The proposal form is open through April 1st. The playground will be Monday, June 24th, at the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. This playground is an opportunity for all levels of education leaders to interact with the refreshed standards and share concrete techniques in a fun, hands-on environment.We are interested in presentations on all areas of leadership, including tools, resources, personal vision, and innovative processes. The sky's the limit!

    Playground Details
    Application Form

    Know a vendor that may want to donate a raffle prize or swag? Share the Vendor Form with them! http://bit.ly/EdLeadersSwag

    Contact Emily Dillard with Playground questions. 
    emily.dillard@acps.k12.va.us 
    @EDsTechTalk
  • Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year Award nominations are closed

    Thanks to those who placed nominations for our VEN award this year. The nomination committee is hard at work and will be choosing the recipient soon. Nominations are closed for this year, but with luck, there's always next year!
    All best,
    Scott
  • Archived Twitter Chat - February 2019

  • Computer Science Network Excellence in Education Award

    The annual Computer Science Network Excellence in Education Award. recognizes exceptional educators and leaders who are championing the cause of improved Computer Science and Information Technology education. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in this endeavor.  

    Applications are due by February 28, 2019. Click HERE to apply.
  • Effectively Using the ISTE Standards for Tech Leaders Webinar

    This session will cover the basics of the ISTE Standards and explain how tech leaders can use them effectively to make systematic changes across buildings or districts. We’ll look at how the various suites of ISTE Standards (for students, educators and leaders) can work together. Carolyn Sykora, senior director of ISTE Standards, will lead this informative webinar. 

    Presented by Brian Seymour of the ISTE Technology Coordinators Network, Emily Dillard of the ISTE Education Leaders Network and Carolyn Sykora, Senior Director of ISTE Standards.

    Time - Mar 6, 2019 4:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
  • Outstanding Inclusive Educator Award Nominations Open Until February 28th

    Know an Outstanding Inclusive Educator who is doing great things to empower learners with technology and ensure education works for all? We want to to hear from you!

    Nominate yourself or a colleague for the Outstanding Inclusive Educator Award to be presented at the 2019 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia.

    Applications close on February 28th.
  • Twitter Chat, Newsletters and PLN Awards

    Our monthly Twitter chat is on Monday, February 25th from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. EST, moderated by Pena Bedesem, follow #isteten to join in

    Our theme for our March newsletter is Data: Learning Analytics, Big Data and we are again seeking guest posts. If you have resources to share, please send a post to Rdene915@gmail.com, posts should be between 300-600 words, include links and your Name, title, location, and Twitter handle. Guest posts should be submitted by February 24th. 

    And there is still time to nominate yourself or a colleague for the Teacher Excellence Award. The deadline to submit is February 28th. Make sure all files are accessible, select the permissions which enable reviewers to access your artifacts.

    To submit a nomination, please fill out the form: https://goo.gl/forms/tngNdrdJJGGyA9FY2
  • February Newsletter - Assistive Technology

    A big thanks to the contributors in this month's TEN Newsletter. Our topic was Assistive Technology, there were so many resources and ideas shared, be sure to check it out and share. And as always, thank you @Dennis McElroy for putting the newsletter into such a nice format!

    Our newsletter includes a lot of great information and resources from experts in the field. We hope you enjoy!

    Shared from Google Drive
    February 2019 Newsletter PDF

    February 2019 Newsletter ePub

    Next month our theme will be Data Analytics and we will again be seeking guest posts.

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    Rachelle Dene Poth, JD, MSEd
    Foreign Language & STEAM Teacher, Riverview H.S.
    President, Teacher Education Network,
    Mobile Learning Network Communications Chair
    PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2017
    NSBA "20 to watch" 2017
    Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
    Nearpod PioNear
    rdene915@gmail.com

    Twitter and Voxer: @rdene915
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  • $10k Grant Opportunity: Infy Maker Awards

    Hi all! Passing on some info we received about a grant opportunity ISTE members might be interested in:

    2.5 Weeks Left to Apply for $10,000 for Maker Education!

    Infy Maker Awards, a competition hosted by Infosys Foundation USA  is open to K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations who aim to create more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through making in the U.S. This includes makerspaces, libraries, museums, community centers, colleges and non-profit organizations. Online applications for the competition will close on Feb. 21, 2019. The contest rules are available here

    The online application process is easy and consists of a few short questions about your project, a 90 second video and one letter of support from an organization that your organization has previously worked with. The grant can be used for a variety of purposes including: materials and equipment, structural improvements, additional professional development, projects for students, impact and assessment research or community outreach and engagement. Apply online today!
  • $10k Grant Opportunity: Infy Maker Awards

    Hi all! Passing on some info we received about a grant opportunity ISTE members might be interested in:

    2.5 Weeks Left to Apply for $10,000 for Maker Education!

    Infy Maker Awards, a competition hosted by Infosys Foundation USA  is open to K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations who aim to create more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through making in the U.S. This includes makerspaces, libraries, museums, community centers, colleges and non-profit organizations. Online applications for the competition will close on Feb. 21, 2019. The contest rules are available here

    The online application process is easy and consists of a few short questions about your project, a 90 second video and one letter of support from an organization that your organization has previously worked with. The grant can be used for a variety of purposes including: materials and equipment, structural improvements, additional professional development, projects for students, impact and assessment research or community outreach and engagement. Apply online today!
  • Games & Sims Award - Nominations Open

    Nominations open are now open for 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.
  • Want less email from ISTE Connect?

    Try switching your ISTE Connect emails to the consolidated digest. This simple change will reduce the number of emails you get and make it easier to get through your inbox.

    What's the consolidated digest? It's a daily digest that includes multiple communities in one email. This can mean turning 30 emails every day into 1 single email.

    If you'd like to try the consolidated digest, just go to your community notification preferences and select 'No Email' in the drop down menu for each community, then tick the boxes in the 'Consolidated Daily Digest' column.

    Going forward, you'll only get one email a day from the ISTE online communities
  • Awards Time~

    Hello members  of the ISTE Teacher Education Network,
    Nominations are now being taken for the 2019 Award for Excellence in Teacher Education!  Each year this award is given in recognition of an outstanding educator who is using technology in innovative ways for teaching, learning, leadership, and scholarship. The award will be presented at the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia.

    In order to nominate someone for this award, please complete the form before February 28th.  Educators who may be nominated for this award include individuals responsible for the development of pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and/or administrators, such as college or university faculty or district personnel (e.g., technology integration specialists, curriculum coaches).

    The winner of this award will receive:

    Complimentary ISTE membership

    Engraved plaque acknowledging the recipient's outstanding achievement 

    $100 cash prize 

    A one-year basic individual ISTE membership 

    Recognition in ISTE publications and on the iste.org website 

    Recognition at the ISTE Conference & Expo 

     

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

    Nominee's contact information
    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)? 
    Make sure all files are accessible, select the permissions which enable reviewers to access your artifacts.

    To submit a nomination, please fill out the form: https://goo.gl/forms/tngNdrdJJGGyA9FY2 
     
    Here is a copy of the rubric that the TEN leadership team will use to select a winner for this award: hJcPCwKBTtT1tb4S2 



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    Rachelle Dene Poth, JD, MSEd
    Foreign Language & STEAM Teacher, Riverview H.S.
    President, Teacher Education Network,
    Mobile Learning Network Communications Chair
    PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2017
    NSBA "20 to watch" 2017
    Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
    Nearpod PioNear
    rdene915@gmail.com

    Twitter and Voxer: @rdene915
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    If you have any questions about this award, please let me know. Be sure to make documents accessible when submitting the nomination form.
  • MLN February 2019 Newsletter, Webinar, and Book Study

    t is hard to believe that we are moving into the second month of 2019. This month the ISTE MLN Newsletter focuses on Augmented and Virtual Reality tools. 

    Additionally, we are keeping with the AR/VR theme for our upcoming Spring Book Study. We will explore Jaime Donally's Book Learning Transported - Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality for All Classrooms. The book study will start on February 7th. Join our SLACK conversation here: bit.ly/ARVRbookstudy

    We are looking forward to the February 2019 webinar with Jaime Donally author of Learning Transported; Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for all Classrooms! The webinar is on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 EST. Please be sure to register by using this link: bit.ly/MLNfeb19Webinar

    Finally, we are excited to open the nominations for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network Award. Nominations will be accepted from February 1 - February 28, 2019. More information and the nomination form can be found here: http://bit.ly/ISTEMLNAward 

    Thank you for spending your time reading our current issue of the ISTE MLN newsletter. If you'd like to share the amazing things you're doing in your classroom and be a guest columnist, please feel free to email me at lfraga@uiwtx.edu.

    Sincerely,
    MLN Leadership Team
  • Submit for an IVC PLN Award!

    • Have you created an awesome interactive conferencing class for distance learners?

    • Have you collaborated your heart out using web conferencing or H.323 technology to go beyond your four walls?

    • Enter your project or lesson into the IVC PLN Award for 2019!

    There are two awards up for grabs this year;

    • ISTE Interactive Video Conferencing Network Educator Award

    • ISTE Interactive Video Conferencing Network Informal Educator Award

    Entering is easy, just fill out this form and let us know about the amazing things you've been doing to help distance learners discover more about their world.

    Hurry, entries close February 28.

    Best of luck!

    Ben Newsome

    IVCPLN President

  • Archived Twitter Chat January 29, 2019

  • Jan 30 #read4games tweetchat at 630 pm ET

    We'll be wrapping up the #read4games tweetchat tomorrow (wed) at 630 pm ET. 
    Here's the link to the questions that will be discussed. It's a wrap-up on gamification.
  • #Read4Games Why Fun Matters: In Search of Emergent Playful Experiences

    EDUCAUSE and ISTE Games & Sims continues #Read4Games gamification short read and tweetchat on Wednesday January 23 at 430 pm ET using the hashtag #Read4Games from

    Rethinking Gamification. Edited by Mathias Fuchs, Sonia Fizek, Paolo Ruffino, and Niklas Schrape Pages 273 - 331.

    This week’s chapter is Scott Nicholson’s  “Why Fun Matters: In Search of Emergent Playful Experiences” starting on page.273 in the open source book below:


    Rethinking Gamification has a Creative Common License Attribution Share Alike 4.0
  • February 2019 Webinar and Bookstudy

    JOIN US NEXT MONTH!
    When: Thursday, February 7th
    Book Study: Learning Transported: Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality for all classrooms
    Slack conversationbit.ly/ARVRbookstudy


    When: Tuesday, February 12th @ 7:00 EST
    Webinar Topic: ARVR with ISTE author Jaime Donally
    Register herebit.ly/MLNfeb19Webinar
  • January collaborative TEN and isteLitChat

    Please join us on Monday, January 28th from 7:00 - 8:00 EST  for our monthly chat. We are collaborating with @Michele Haiken #istelitchat  to discuss Augmented and Virtual Reality in Education, with @Jaime Donally  as our guest moderator.
    We are looking forward to a great conversation about these tools. Also be sure to check out our monthly newsletter, we had several guest posts this month sharing many ideas to use with AR/VR. 

    We are looking for guest posts for the  February newsletter, our theme is Assistive Technology. Please contact me if you are interested in contributing. 

    Thank you!



  • ISTE Technology Integration Survey

    Special education professionals - your voice needs to be included in this research into pre-service preparation conducted by ISTE's Teacher Educational Network: 

    A team of researchers from the ISTE Teacher Educator Network (TEN) is conducting a national research study titled, “Where are We Now? Technology Integration in Teacher Preparation.” The purpose of this survey research is to gain a more comprehensive understanding of technology integration in pre-service teacher preparation across universities and colleges within the US.

    We’d love to know your opinion!

    If you agree to participate in the research study, you’ll be asked to complete the following:

    • A 15 minute maximum online survey.
    • Optional! Participate in a 30 minute recorded interview and/or focus group. These will take place in a private Zoom online meeting room.
    Please access and read the Statement of Informed Consent. Once you agree to participate, you will have direct access to the survey. Don’t forget to let us know if you are willing to participate in the Interviews or Focus Groups!

    Thank you for your participation! If you have questions please contact Jennifer Courduff via cell phone or text message (909-702-6461), or email (jcourduff@apu.edu).
  • JAN 16 - Why Fun Matters: In Search of Emergent Playful Experiences

    First tweetchat of the year!!!!  January 16 at 630 pm ET. We're reading the chapter Why Fun Matters: In Search of Emergent Playful Experiences. We're using the hashtag #Read4Games.
  • ISTE MLN Webinar: Assessment and Student Response Tools

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

    Are your students tired of playing Kahoot?Gimkit is a great alternative.

    Join us for our next  ISTE Mobile Learning Network webinar with @gimkit creator Josh Feinsilber. He is a high school student and creator of the gamification tool, GimKit.  Come find out more about it! 
    When: Jan 15, 2019 7:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
    Topic: ISTE MLN: Assessment & Student Response Tool - GimKit 
    Register for this webinar here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZNudFW11yOacMrJH2

    You will receive an email with the information on how to join the webinar.​
    If you have questions, feel free to email us at: istemobilelearningnetwork@gmail.com
  • January Newsletter and upcoming chat

    We had many guest posts this month, so much great information shared. Thanks again to Dennis McElroy for putting it all together for us into an awesome newsletter. Looking for guest posts for February, our focus is Assistive Technology. 

    From Dennis:
    Happy New Year! Welcome to another amazing year with the ISTE Teacher Education Network. We have lots of fantastic features and events coming up so don't miss out on a single thing! We hope you enjoy the first newsletter of the year focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality and Global Explorations. 

    Links
    January 2019 Newsletter PDF
    January 2019 Newsletter ePUB

    Downloads
    January 2019 Newsletter.pdf
    January 2019 Newsletter.epub
  • Professional Development Needs - 2019

    Happy New Year Everyone!

    The New Year is a time of reflection, and our ISTE Computer Science Network is doing just that.

    Our 2019 GOAL: create meaningful Professional Development that will help to support and empower a CS4ALL mindset

    Our 2018 DATA: We began our PD this year by creating a Flipgrid, however to date...we have 197 views, but only 11 members have introduced themselves to the community and 3 of you who are actively engaging in conversation.

    Whether you support the fail fast, fail often, fail forward or fail better movements... we are all in agreement that our data shows that we are NOT meeting this goal. 

    THUS - we have closed the Flipgrid and have created a QUICK survey so that you can let us know what you need. There is an open-response question at the end and we would love to hear other ideas and needs from you. We exist to support and empower YOU!


    Please complete the following survey: CLICK HERE -

    https://goo.gl/forms/kZTgslDlqDSoDWU92

    Best wishes for a great 2019! 

    Heidi
  • ISTE TEN December Newsletter and Chat

    Enjoy our December newsletter!  Lots of great information and ideas shared. Thanks to Dennis McElroy for the amazing design and new features!
    You have two options for viewing our newsletter  - a PDF or an ePub version. Why ePub? This allows us to add multimedia elements to the newsletter. Rather than having to click on links to access shared videos, the videos are now built into the newsletter itself.
    All you need is your favorite ePub reader to view it. We would love to get your feedback about this or ideas you might have that will continue to enhance the content and your viewing experience. We hope you enjoy!
    Links:
    December 2018 Newsletter PDF Version
    December 2018 Newsletter ePub Version

    Downloads:December 2018 newsletter pdf.pdf
    December 2018 newsletter.epub

    There will be a slow chat going on next week, check out the #isteten hashtag!

    Teacher Education Network​
  • MLN December 2018 Newsletter

    The ISTE MLN leadership teams wishes you and yours a happy holiday season and a joyous New Year!

    We are so happy to present this issue of the ISTE MLN Newsletter. In this issue you'll find all of our articles related to computer science with a feature on the FIRST Robotics Program.

    Thank you for spending your time reading our current issue of the ISTE MLN newsletter. If you'd like to share the amazing things you're doing in your classroom and be a guest columnist, please feel free to email me at lfraga@uiwtx.edu.

    Many blessings, 
    MLN Leadership Team

    ISTE MLN Newsletter - December 2018
  • Open Sim conference will be livestreaming!

    You can also watch the events live video streamed from the OpenSim virtual world to YouTube.
  • ISTE Standards in Teacher Prep - Webinar Recording

    If you were unable to attend our last webinar, “ISTE Standards in Teacher Prep”, please watch the recording and share your insights on our community discussion board or on Twitter using #ISTEDEPLN.​
  • Next week! Making Relationships and Reading Around the Planet

    December 4 at 7:30pm EST

    Interested in collaborating with other classes around the planet? Looking to
    share your love of reading with others? Learn about a great collaborative
    event called Read Around the Planet (RAP)!

    Find out how to sign up for
    CAPspace and RAP and much more on the new and improved site during
    this presentation! There are many collaborative events for your classroom
    to participate with schools all across the nation and sometimes beyond!

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation emailing containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Archived Twitter Chat November 27, 2018

  • November Twitter Chat with ISTE Global Ed PLN

    Join us on Monday night for our monthly chat from 7-8 eastern. We will be talking about Global Connections and our guest moderators will be Margret Atkinson, Amanda Lacinek and Makisha Rogers. ​
  • #Read4Games Tweetchat Wed at 630 pm ET.

    If you  are interested, this will be the last *Read4Games* tweetchat for Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

    If you haven’t already watched Jane McGonigal’s TED TALK on Gaming can make a better world, you might have a little time before Wednesday to take a look or even re-watch it!

    https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world?language=en


    For warm-up on Wed, we ask you to intro yourself, let us know what your favorite game is and then maybe do a pop-quiz. Then we'll have some quick question and then some that will require a little more thought. You can take a look at the link below.