• May Twitter Chat, Monday May 20th

    Please join us on Monday, May  20th from 7-8pm Eastern for our monthly chat. Our guest moderator is Mandy Froehlich, author of The Fire Within and Divergent EDU. Our themes for this month are Mental Health and Awareness and Mindfulness. We will be chatting about Resilience tomorrow night.
  • Tech In Action Awards, Apply Today!

    Awards! Win a FREE ISTE 2019 Conference Registration in the Tech in Action Video Competition

    Deadline is May 20th, still time to apply!

    Are you an outstanding technology-using PreK-12 teacher? Or, do you know one?

    The Teacher Education Network (TEN) is looking for videos of best practices for integrating technology in teaching and learning for our Technology in Action Video Awards!

    Information to apply for the Tech in Action Award is now available on the website (

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019 Webinar

    Join the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network and the SITE UDL-SIG in getting an early start to the celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD) with a FREE webinar!

    Title: Inclusive Education Around the World.

    When: Thursday, May 16th at 9 AM ET (8 AM CT, -5 hours UTC/GMT)

    Where: Online on Zoom. To register, please visit:

    The webinar will feature presentations from Thailand, Colombia, and the US:

    Colombia - Nitza Guzman, Luis Acero, Miguel Mejia and Edwin Oriz (Colegio Aleman Duestche Schule Barranquilla)

    Thailand - Nantanoot Suwannawut (Bureau of Special Education, Thailand Ministry of Education)

    United States - Kathleen Bastedo, Nancy Swenson (Center for Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida)
  • Archived Twitter Chat - April 2019

    April 30th - 1pm and 8pm
  • STEM Excellence 2019 Award Recipient

    The STEM PLN would like to congratulate Jorge Valenzuela as our 2019 STEM Excellence Award Winner! Learn all about Jorge at our website.

  • April Chat and May newsletter and Playground

    For May, our theme will focus on the topics of School safety, Mental Health and Wellness, and Mindfulness. We are looking at what information do schools need to prepare for the future. 
    Please submit a guest post for the May newsletter, 300-600 words with resources. Send an email to to share your idea. All posts are needed by April 24th to be included in the May edition. 

     Join us on Monday, April 29th for our monthly chat in collaboration with the Online Learning Network. The chat is 7-8:00 pm Eastern. Look for a flyer to be shared soon with more details. 

    And finally, ISTE!
    We are taking nominations for the Tech In Action Award, see details below.  And we still have a few spots for our TEN Playground at ISTE, which will be on Wednesday, June 26th from 9:30-1:00. Our topics range from AR/VR, AI, Assistive Technology, Connecting Pedagogy with Technology and Health and Wellness. Submit a proposal before April 24th. 

    Thank you and let us know if you have any questions.
  • TEN Award recipients

    Hello members of the Teacher Education Network!

    Please join us in congratulating the following educators in recognition of their dedication to teacher education.
    Award for Excellence in Teacher Education Winner: Dr. Tim Green

    Tim Green, Ph.D., a former K12 teacher, is a professor of educational technology and teacher education at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He has been in this role since 1999 and has served as an instructor and for five years he served as the Director of Distance Education at CSUF.
    He is the author of numerous articles and books, as well as a presenter, on the integration of educational technology, instructional design, and online distance education. Some of his more recent books include Securing the Connected Classroom: Technology Planning to Keep Students Safe (Brown & Green, ISTE), The Essentials of Instructional Design: Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice (Brown & Green, Routledge), and The Educator’s Guide to Producing Media and Open Educational Resources (Green & Brown, Routledge).

    Dr. Green is passionate about working with schools and districts on visioning and implementing technology initiatives. He co-produces an award-winning podcast called Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences. Dr. Green earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University. Connect with Dr. Green on Twitter @theEdTechDoctor.

    Award for Excellence in Teacher Education Honorable Mention: Nicol Howard
     Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor and program coordinator in the School of Education (Department of Teaching and Learning) at the University of Redlands. Nicol has served as an educator in various capacities over the past 18 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education), grades K through 5, and she was a Program Specialist in Personalized and Blended Learning. Nicol has also taught in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.
    In addition to teaching, Nicol currently serves as outgoing chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG. She is currently on the board of directors for the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE), where she has also served as a co-chair for their Technology and Teacher Education SIG. Nicol is also the outgoing co-chair for International Society for Technology in Education's Digital Equity Network

    Nicol's concern for certain inequities in education and her research projects have led to publications in educational journals, such as the Urban Education Journal, the International Journal of Educational Technology, and Educause. She has also written for ISTE, Edutopia, and Corwin Connect. She co-authored a book called Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers through Connected Resources and has two forthcoming ISTE books. Connect with Nicol on Twitter @NicolRHoward

    The JDLTE Research Paper Award Winners: Ray R. Buss, Teresa S. Foulger, Keith Wetzel & LeeAnn Lindsey
    The award is an annual recognition for researchers who have published in the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education—the JDLTE Outstanding Research Paper Award. 

    We had five journal articles that were submitted and the review team selected the paper of: Ray R. Buss, Teresa S. Foulger, Keith Wetzel & LeeAnn Lindsey (2018) Preparing Teachers to Integrate Technology into K–12 Instruction II: Examining the Effects of Technology-Infused Methods Courses and Student Teaching, Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 34:3, 134-150.
    The paper is available at: DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2018.1437852

    A big thank you to the review committees who reviewed the nominations and to everyone who submitted a nomination. We look forward to recognizing these award winners at ISTE 2019 in Philadelphia!

    Rachelle Dene Poth
  • MLN April 2019 Webinar

    Interested in Learning more about Artificial Intelligence (AI)? 
    Join the Mobile Learning Network this week for our April 2019 Webinar with
    Dr. Justin Aglio. He will present A Blueprint for AI Learning on
    Thursday, April 11, 7:00 EST
    Register here: 

  • Playground Volunteers Needed

    The Global Collaboration PLN is hosting the playground on Wednesday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the ISTE19 Conference & Expo in Philly. We are looking for ISTE members to volunteer their time during the playground. Volunteers will help us manage the presenters and attendees. It is a great way to meet people as well as view everything being presented!

    Please submit the following form by Friday, May 11, 2019 to express your interest and availability to help.
  • Archived Twitter Chat, March 2019

  • 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:

    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:
  • 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

    We hope you enjoy!
    ISTETEN Leadership Team

    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: 
    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!

    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

    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: 

    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

    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!

    Contact Emily Dillard with Playground questions. 
  • 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,
  • Archived Twitter Chat - February 2019

  • Computer Science Network Website

    Please check out the NEW Computer Science Network website for the latest news and resources.
  • 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, 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:
  • 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.

    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

    Twitter and Voxer: @rdene915
  • $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 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
    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: 
    Here is a copy of the rubric that the TEN leadership team will use to select a winner for this award: hJcPCwKBTtT1tb4S2 

    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

    Twitter and Voxer: @rdene915
    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:

    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:

    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: 

    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

    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

    When: Thursday, February 7th
    Book Study: Learning Transported: Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality for all classrooms

    When: Tuesday, February 12th @ 7:00 EST
    Webinar Topic: ARVR with ISTE author Jaime Donally
  • 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 (