We love year-end lists. Not only do they remind us of events that occurred or topics that emerged over the past year, they also show us patterns, context and insight.
When ISTE launched the EdTekHub, we set out to offer a smorgasbord of ed tech tips, trends, educator and student profiles, reviews, guides, and specific examples of how to implement technology in the classroom. We've given you articles, videos, infographics and blog posts written by ISTE staff and by you — the experts in the field — on the ed tech topics you care about most.
Here are your favorite posts on the EdTekHub since it was launched in June:
Educators are clearly hungry for tips and advice for teaching their students how to be safe and responsible online. And, given that digital citizenship is a key element of the ISTE Standards for Students, Teachers and Administrators, that makes us so happy. This post by Common Sense Media's Kelly Mendoza resonated with teachers looking for ways to incorporate digital ethics into their lessons.
Infographics are all the rage because they condense useful information into a visual, easily readable format. So we knew educators would find value in an infographic on digital citizenship. What we didn't know was how popular it would be. After receiving numerous requests for a poster version of this infographic, we got in touch with our printer. Look for it in the ISTE Store early next year.
EdTekHub readers know that using technology for learning and teaching is changing the world. But reaching out to parents using digital tools is a new realm for many teachers. This article by veteran educators Doug Johnson and Marti Sievek gave readers a step-by-step guide to creating a great class website.
There was a time not long ago when it was taboo to talk about using technology with PK students. Digital tools were for big kids. But things have changed, and educators are involving the youngest learners in everything from video reflections to coding and blogging.
It's not the tool but how you use it that makes digital learning a game changer. In this blog post, Lynne Schrum, co-author of Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools, writes about three ways educators should be using web 2.0 tools.
According to Hour of Code, more than 82 million people from 180 countries who speak 30 languages have participated in an Hour of Code event. Maybe that's why this post on how to take your first steps with coding was so popular.
Any educator who has tried and failed miserably at using scare tactics to get older students to start or stop doing something knows that there's got to be a better way to drive home an important point. That's why Cynde Reneau's article on teaching digital citizenship without preaching was a refreshing approach to a challenging subject.
See No. 4. The maker movement is huge, and this article by two of the foremost experts on the topic — Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager — is a must-read for understanding why this topic has exploded worldwide.
Last year, ISTE asked five innovators from a range of fields to share their insights during mini-keynotes at ISTE 2014. The talks were so compelling, we had to share them with a broader audience. These videos from ISTE 2014 have continued to inspire.
Diana Fingal is director of editorial content at ISTE. She loves reading and writing about educators who are changing the world.