Toggle open
Learning Library Blog Where learning, technology and community meet
Expand breadcrumbs

Where learning, technology and community meet

By Brian Lewis
June 27, 2014
Img id 68 Version Id Buuc Eq ZP Eve QWKB5pt76 J5 Lv Gf9g9dq

Collaborating with one another while actively supporting students everywhere is what members of the ISTE community do. And so it will be with our new quarterly magazine, entrsekt.

We're so pleased to introduce this new print and digital magazine as a forum for exploring the big issues, complex questions and inspiring opportunities for learning, teaching and leading in the digital world. At the same time, ISTE's popular Learning & Leading with Technology, which had been published nine times a year, is evolving into a dynamic online resource called the EdTekHub, providing the great content (and more) that its readers have come to love and anticipate.

As ISTE continues to reimagine itself for the future, entrsekt emerges as the place where learning, technology and community meet. ISTE is compelled to do more and to serve more. And this service has never been more in demand, or more critical in terms of the futures we want for all our children, and our children's children.

As you read this inaugural issue of entrsekt , please know that our goal is to dive into issues around which there is sometimes a lack of consensus. For even though collaboration runs through the veins of the ISTE community, so does diversity of experience and viewpoint. And it's those experiences and viewpoints we hope to highlight and reflect on as the magazine evolves. We want entrsekt to explore controversial topics, to ask hard questions and to encourage readers to ponder the topics of the day and the philosophies behind them. It's likely that none of us will agree with everything in these pages. But we do hope you'll agree to join the conversation, and you can do so by weighing in online or submitting a letter to the editor. Kudos, concerns or questions, we can't wait to hear from you.

Which brings me to something I heard recently. I was at a conference where a panelist said that "students learn on their own because their teachers aren't good." I immediately wrote that quote down because I couldn't believe my ears. Because, in fact, increasingly, the very opposite is true: Students are empowered to learn on their own because of excellent teachers: teachers who encourage students to be at the center of their own learning. Isn't that the point of personalized learning? A shift from the teacher as the singular font of knowledge at the front of the room, to the "activator," as Michael Fullan says?

We're living in a time of significant, fast-paced change. We can't, and shouldn't, try to stop it. Instead, we are called on to inform and guide that change.

The good news is that the great work of ISTE — the ISTE Standards, the ISTE Conference & Expo, the incredibly passionate ISTE community — that has grown over the course of many years as the result of countless dedicated volunteers and staff, is driven by a commitment to one another and to all students. And, with the strategic leadership of our board of directors, ISTE, which exists by and for the educators it serves, is poised to fulfill its mission of service in new and exciting ways. And we are all driven to do so.