Government Elearning! Magazine

FALL 2015

Elearning! Magazine: Building Smarter Companies via Learning & Workplace Technologies.

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34 Fall 2015 Government Elearning! Learning! 100 More than 100,000 education stake- holders throughout the world take ad- vantage of the wide range of programs and services that the International Soci- ety for Technology in Education (ISTE) ofers. Besides using ISTE Standards for learning and teaching, they engage in webinars, face-to-face and virtual con- ferences or local trainings. Tey can join any of the 29 ISTE Professional Learning Networks. "ISTE is an incredibly passionate, dedicated nonproft focused on support- ing educators as they embrace, and help their students to embrace, learning with technology," says ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. "We ofen say, 'It's not about the technol- ogy, it's about learning and teaching,' and that's exactly right." Te organization's expertise cuts across all those programs and oferings. For instance, ISTE's new Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool allows edu- cators to measure progress along each of the "Essential Conditions," the 14 critical elements necessary to efectively leverage technology for learning. Te Essential Conditions are the foundation of ISTE's Standards for learning and teaching. Te ISTE Standards team regularly re- freshes the fve sets of standards for digi- tal age teaching and learning. In 2016, an updated version of the Standards for students will be released at the organiza- tion's annual conference. And one of the newest programs ISTE ofers is the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, a free, virtual professional learning program designed for school teams that are integrating mobile tech- nology into learning and teaching. In 2014, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ISTE created Project ReimaginEd, a new social learn- ing community dedicated to redesign- ing learning activities that meet ISTE Standards and the Common Core State Standards. At the end of the 2015, ISTE members will have collaborated on the creation of 200 sample lessons, artifacts and resources. "Education must continue to in- novate," Lewis says. "Te rapid pace of global change means we must be in a continuous state of improvement and growth. As educators and education leaders, we have to empower students to succeed in and create a world we can't anticipate." Of course, change is hard, and deep change in education is harder. "Te good news is that we're getting better at it," Lewis ofers. "We've seen enough successes that we're learning much more about how to do deep, se- rious innovation in education. We're broadening not only the defnition of student success, but our understanding of how to achieve it, and we will con- tinue to do so." Lewis believes that three key factors help ISTE to innovate in education: 1) We accept that the pace of change is going to continue and education will continue to evolve — probably faster than ever. Te school culture can set a powerful example of lifelong learning to deal with change and uncertainty. 2) We create non-punitive cultures that value what is learned from mistakes. If we're not making mistakes, we're not innovating. We need to live up to our promise to support one another as life- long learners. 3) We promote collaboration through the evolution from traditional teacher isolation to collegial support. All of us in education are going to need vibrant, on- going professional development, as well as an environment that encourages us to learn from and share with peers. "We must think deeply about every aspect of learning," Lewis concludes. "ISTE opens opportunities for teachers to test their theories with like-minded peers. We collaborate with others across the industry to create diferent pathways for success by equipping and empower- ing educators to embrace a constantly evolving future and supporting them in their lifelong learning. In turn, they cre- ate digital learning environments that inspire and excite students." ISTE is a two-time Learning! 100 win- ner. ISTE at the Forefront of EdTech Learning AREA OF EXCELLENCE COLLABORATION At the end of this year, ISTE members will have collaborated on the creation of 200 sample lessons, artifacts and resources.

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