Student empowerment — from vision to practice
ISTE along with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) agree that today’s students need learning that goes beyond the traditional subjects and modes of learning. In 2016, ISTE released updated standards for students that envision a significant shift in learning and teaching amplified by…
Proactive not protective! Digital citizenship should empower students
Digital citizenship is one of the hottest topics in education today. As technology has proliferated in schools and beyond, questions about the correct ways to use that technology have…
5 steps to promote ownership of learning in your UDL classroom
It’s not uncommon for educators to be asked every few years to take on a new initiative or approach to teaching. Often, these initiatives focus on change at a surface level without substantially addressing the underlying assumptions that have created and sustained the existing…
Facing the retail revolution with empowered learning for technology skills
This post originally appeared on the Hope Street Group blog on Aug. 28, 2018. Hope Street Group works to ensure that every American has access to tools and options leading to economic recovery. …
Avoid These 4 Edtech Mistakes in Your Classroom!
Topics: ISTE Standards for Students, Student empowerment
Yes, even teachers make mistakes. I know because I’m one of those imperfect teachers. I’ve taught students of all ability levels, and I’m the parent of three amazing children who, like my students, have very different capacities for learning. As director of instruction and digital media at a 1:1…
ISTE's Leader Standards can guide whole-district transformation
Topics: Education leadership, ISTE Standards for Education Leaders, Student empowerment
Working in the nation’s second largest school district requires the collaboration and calibration of thousands of students, teachers and administrators. With the adoption of the refreshed ISTE Standards for Students,…
Give student presentations an improv makeover!
In my role as an ed tech coach, I get to see student creation projects and authentic learning taking place in our schools every day. While collaborating with teachers to facilitate these…
Students can explore the solar system's outer limits with NASA
Topics: ISTE Standards for Students, NSSEC, STEM & STEAM
Wanted: Rogue planet believed to be hiding at the edge of the solar system. Cold, faint and hard to spot. Reward for information leading to its discovery includes the chance to contribute to a new field of science.
“It’s a huge opportunity for education,” says Dr. Marc Kuchner, a NASA…
Turn Cloud Gazing Into a Real-World NASA Science Project
Topics: STEM & STEAM
Kids can spend hours watching the clouds sail by, hunting for pictures in their turrets, wisps and streaks. They instinctively turn to the cloudscape to fuel their imaginations.
What they may not realize, however, is that they’re also doing science.
Simple cloud observations can…
Turn students into real-world science collaborators
From star observations to weather patterns to species populations, scientists across the globe are generating data at an astonishing rate.