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What is ISTE? Help!

  • 1.  What is ISTE? Help!

    Posted 01-20-2021 18:42

    I am a college freshman taking ACE 103 (Digital Instructional Technology) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Being confused is an understatement, especially since this class is "distance learning" and will never meet. Assignment for the week: "Use your 'teacher email account' to become an ISTE member. Connect with other educators in the ISTE Standards Community."  I hope this counts. All I know is that we will have to make an eportfolio that aligns with the 7 ISTE standards using a software called LiveText and "the work becomes part of the Office of Educator Preparation's (formerly Teacher Ed. Office) 3-Step Process for Teacher Education." Is an ISTE certification different than a teaching certification? How am I supposed to accomplish all 7 standards in one semester of my freshman year?!

    Any information would greatly help!

    Thanks,
    Julia



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    Julia Robins Student
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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  • 2.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    Posted 01-20-2021 22:56
    Julia,
    Hi, my name is Julia Vislosky, we're in the same boat! I am also taking ACE 103 at IUP and am as equally confused as you are, trust me. I am a freshman in the Spanish Ed program, which subject area are you specializing in? I think that this will most likely count for our points for the week as long as we chat with a teacher on this forum. Do you want to exchange contact information so that we can chat and keep tabs on each other during this class? If so, I'll email you my phone number and Snapchat account.

    Sincerely,
    Julia V.


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    Julia Vislosky Student
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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  • 3.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    Affiliate Leader
    Posted 01-20-2021 23:32

    Julia
    See my response to Julia R...it also sounds like a good idea for you two to become partners in this course.  Besides the suggestions I shared with your peer, I would also suggest searching through some of the other discussions within this topic and responding or following the members you may want to connect with in the future. You may also want to check out the other tabs > Library or Events or Members for topics and people of interest. 

    Best of luck on your education journey!

    Stephanie



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    Stephanie Madlinger Curriculum Developer/Specialist/Director
    Director of Ed Innovation & METC
    METC, a resource of EducationPlus
    Saint Louis MO
    smadlinger@edplus.org
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  • 4.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    Posted 01-21-2021 15:15
    I am comforted by the fact that I am not the only one in the class who is incredibly confused. I am in the social studies Ed program myself and if either of you would like to get into contact so I can share the information I receive from our professor during office hours next week I would be more than happy to share my contact information.
    Hope to speak soon,
    Mason Racicot

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    Mason Racicot Student
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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  • 5.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    Posted 01-22-2021 10:08
    Welcome, all of you, to the ISTE Connect communities.

    First, from the way I read your assignment, making posts here and starting/participating in conversations with ISTE members fulfills what you have been asked to do.

    As far as "What is ISTE?" I suppose there could be many different answers depending on context. "ISTE" could be referring to the whole International Society for Technology in Education as a professional organization, to the annual conference, to the discussion boards for Professional Learning Networks (this is one of many), to the standards, to the teacher certification program, or probably several other things.

    For your portfolios, I think the most important question to get an answer to at the beginning is whether it will be the student standards or the teacher standards that will be the basis of your work. There are lots of people here who will be happy to support young educators! Feel free to reach out throughout your journey.

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    Jennifer Chance Cook
    Instructional Technology Specialist
    Perry Township Schools
    Indianapolis, IN
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  • 6.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    Affiliate Leader
    Posted 01-20-2021 23:25

    Hello Julia, (and Julia)
    So nice to "meet" you! It appears like your university has aligned their teacher preparation program to the ISTE Standards. This particular forum is for those interested in learning more about the ISTE Standards. There are a lot of educators who are members of ISTE and others who are being trained in the ISTE Standards to become ISTE Certified Educators. 

    Based on your ePortfolio requirement, it sounds like your course may be similar to the ISTE Certification Program. https://www.iste.org/learn/iste-certification that started in the spring of 2018. This program is voluntary and provided by ISTE and 15 other Certified Authorized Providers. I work for an organization that offers the training, METC and am happy to talk further about it if interested. This certification is in addition to a "regular" teacher certification. 

    As far as if you can accomplish all seven standards as a first semester freshman...that's a tough answer. It would depend on the requirements of your course and whether you currently work with students. It also depends on which ISTE Standards you are referring to in your request for help. There are several sets of standards. https://www.iste.org/standards

    My guess is that your professor would like you to expand your Professional Learning Network (PLN) as a soon-to-become educator. Along with your participation in this forum, I would suggest participating in social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As a starting place there, I would search for #ISTEstandards and / or #ISTEcert or #ISTEcertifcation to learn more about educators using the ISTE Standards. 

    I hope this helps for now. Best of luck!

    Stephanie

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    Stephanie Madlinger
    Director of Ed Innovation & METC
    METC, a resource of EducationPlus
    Saint Louis, Missouri
    smadlinger@edplus.org
    @cyberteacher
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  • 7.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    Posted 01-20-2021 23:30
    Thank you for the information! Ah, perhaps they are training us in the hope that we become ISTE certified in the future.

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    Julia Robins Student
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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  • 8.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    Posted 01-21-2021 09:29
    In schools, the goals for student learning are driven by standards. Standards exist in all states for all grade levels for multiple content areas including mathematics, science, social studies (history, geography, economics, civics), art, music, physical education, computer science. School districts often take those standards and organize them into curriculum. The curriculum for a school district is where local control of education is applied and schools or school districts decide what resources they'll use to achieve those curriculum goals. In my school, all students use iPads for day-to-day learning. The ISTE standards help students consider ways of thinking, problem solving, collaborating, and creating. Thus, the ISTE standards are something that can be applied flexibly across most subjects. I often help teachers to understand them in this way. 1) Your dress standard as a teacher is to look professional and consider how students view you as a role model. 2) If I tell you that all outfits should have the four following elements: color, pattern, texture, and shine....that's like looking at how ISTE standards can influence the creative design of student learning experiences.

    My guidance on how to use ISTE standards is just one example. In the end, we hope that all aspects of teaching and learning are driven by purposeful goals and we pull our goals from state academic standards and the ISTE standards.

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    Stuart Chandler Librarian/Media Specialist
    Digital Teacher Librarian
    Three Creeks K-8
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  • 9.  RE: What is ISTE? Help!

    ISTE Staff
    Posted 01-22-2021 11:56
    Hi Julia!

    You've already received a lot of great answers here about ISTE, which warms my community manager heart. To help clarify a little, there are a few different tiers to ISTE membership: there's having a free ISTE account which grants access to this community (the ISTE Standards Community) and our COVID-19 Educator Help Desk, and then there are a few tiers of paid ISTE membership (basic and premium) beyond that. It doesn't sound like your professor is asking you to pay for an ISTE membership, so I'd say you're right on track with the assignment by joining with a free account and posting here.

    I am admittedly not up on the teaching certification space, but ISTE Certification is a certification specific to the ISTE Standards (kind of like how you can get different certifications from Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc).

    As far as accomplishing 7 standards for your portfolio in one semester, that's hopefully something your professor or your other classmates in this thread can provide clarity on. I'm sure you've already explored it, but we have full pages on all of the ISTE Standards on iste.org which might help interpret the standards in a way that's useful for envisioning this project. If you're using the Student Standards (which you might not, since we also have Educator Standards), we also have a whole series of videos that break them down!

    Best of luck with your project! If there are any questions I can answer about ISTE membership or the ISTE community, please feel free to reach out. :)

    --Lauren

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    Lauren Kocher
    Senior Manager of Community Engagement
    ISTE
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