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Free tips, tricks and great ideas from ed tech experts

By Team ISTE
February 1, 2016
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When it comes to using ed tech to inspire the four C’s: creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, no one does it better than ISTE members. Maybe that’s because the four C’s are so deeply embedded in the ISTE Standards for Students. And, frankly, no one knows the standards better than ISTE members.

To show you what we mean, here are nine articles – all written by ISTE members – covering topics as diverse as flipped learning, virtual reality, stop animation and digital citizenship. Each one covers important aspects of sound tech integration; each one is standards-aligned.

Take a look:

1. Student-run genius bar: The facilitator’s guide

Student tech teams provide a real-world application for student learning. But where do you begin? Jennifer Scheffer describes how she set up a program that schools around the country emulate.  

2. 27 tools for diverse learners

Using the Universal Design for Learning framework, educators can accommodate students’ natural variability in learning styles and preferences. Luiz Perez and Kendra Grant explain how you can use technology to differentiate student learning.

3. Virtual reality in the classroom just go affordable

Google Cardboard, an affordable virtual reality viewer, can immerse students in rich learning experiences. Maureen Yoder explains how kids can travel to Mars, peek inside the human body or visit the Louvre – without ever leaving the classroom.

4. Technology leaders: Do you have the tech trinity of expertise?

Paul Zeller writes that technology leaders need a diverse skill set to be successful in today’s complex learning environments. Find out what three skills every tech administrator must have.  

5. A PD approach that educators love (and learn from)

Cynthia Vavasseur, Sara Dempster and Cammie Claytor write about a professional learning approach that’s flexible, accessible and will have teachers clamoring for more.

6. Use mind maps to reinforce flipped learning

After you flip your classroom, how do you make sure your students are effectively studying the material on their own? Trang Phan illustrates how students can use mind maps to organize their learning.

7. Know the ISTE Standards for Teachers: Model digital citizenship

What does it mean to model digital citizenship for students? Helen Crompton unpacks this aspect of the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

8. Engage elementary students with stop animation

Creating an educational experience that truly engages all students is not easy to achieve. Stephanie Hatten explains how she uses stop animation to capture students’ imaginations.

9. Mystery Skype: Where in the world are they?

Communication and collaboration are hallmarks of the ISTE Standards for Students and Pernille Ripp demonstrates what that looks like in this fun activity that teaches students of all ages and skill levels how to communicate as a team.

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