1. Prepare teachers to thrive in digital learning environments.
We will prepare future teachers to use technology to provide equitable learning opportunities that support student success in all classrooms. This includes experience teaching in online or hybrid settings.
AACTE Edtech Partnerships provide educator preparation programs with access to tools and resources for becoming more adaptive, flexible and responsive to address the challenges in today’s classrooms.
2. Prepare teachers to use technology to pursue ongoing professional learning.
We will prepare future teachers to use technology for collaborative learning and professional growth. This includes participating in online communities of practice relevant to their teaching goals and aspirations.
AACTE Connect360 hosts an online EPP pledge special interest group for educator preparation programs.
The AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology provides professional learning opportunities, including webinars, blogs and briefs, for the comprehensive and meaningful use of educational technology in P-20 schools.
3. Prepare teacher to apply frameworks to accelerate transformative digital learning.
We will prepare future teachers to create effective digital learning experiences using nationally recognized educational technology standards. This includes aligning coursework and clinical experiences to those frameworks.
Free AAQEP member-presented webinars include presentations by pledge signers who share how they integrate technology into their programs according to the ISTE Standards. The AAQEP standards for accreditation can potentially be addressed by participating in initiatives and innovations related to the implementation of pledge principles.
ISTE U courses focused on the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators provide five hours of self-paced learning for faculty and candidates that inform instructional practice for authentically integrating technology into teaching and learning.
The ISTE Higher Education Recognition initiative spotlights programs that focus on teaching and learning with technology by demonstrating alignment to the educator section of the ISTE Standards, and providing opportunities for candidates to apply them.
4. Equip all faculty to continuously improve expertise in technology for learning.
We will support all EPP faculty in modeling effective use of technology for instruction to build confidence and competence in future educators. This includes building capacity through faculty professional learning.
ISTE Certification is a pedagogy-focused, competency-based credential for educators, including faculty and adjuncts, to apply and demonstrate mastery in digital pedagogy.
5. Collaborate with school leaders to identify shared digital teaching competencies.
We will partner with schools to establish a shared understanding of the teacher competencies required for effective and equitable use of technology for learning. This includes modeling exemplary approaches to technology use that are relevant to the vision, culture and infrastructure of partner schools.
ISTE membership is made up of K-20 educators and leaders from hundreds of districts and institutions across the U.S., and schools around the world. Members participate in topic-specific discussions, share resources, and collaborate and ask questions through ISTE Connect.
ISTELive is one of the world’s most influential edtech conferences. Each year, it brings together educators, district and state leaders, higher education faculty, and industry and public sector leaders. Attendees can choose from thousands of sessions demonstrating the effective use of technology, share their expertise and make new connections.