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October 22, 2019

11-Year-Old’s Book Highlights Best Ways To ‘Spark’ Online Change And Learning

A notice from a US-based educational technology organization.

Dynamic Daughter-Mother’s Book Highlights Best Ways to ‘Spark’ Online Change and Learning

WASHINGTON — Olivia Van Ledtje and Cynthia Merrill aren’t a typical daughter and mother. They’ve embraced the online world and have co-written a book sharing their journey, experiences and thoughts about the future in our tech-empowered world.

Spark Change: Making Your Mark in a Digital World marks two firsts for its publisher, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) — it’s the first ISTE book from a child author and the first book from a mother-daughter team.

Olivia, age 11, uses technology from her New Hampshire home to inspire empathy, equity and activism. Her mission is to share messages with the world that are hopeful, kind and true. She’s the creator of TheLivBits — short videos for kids and teachers about reading, thinking and life. Her work is featured internationally as a model for digital citizenship and kid creation. Because of her activism, she’s a recipient of the Diana Award, named in honor of Princess Diana and awarded to inspiring young people around the world.

For example, through social media, Liv discovered that an Ohio school could only fund its highly successful ukulele program (for grades K–5) for a limited part of the year because of budget issues. Liv’s sense of social justice prompted her to immediately use her Twitter account to successfully seek donations of ukuleles from around the world.

Through it all, her mom, Cynthia, helps her understand how to strengthen literacy and tech experiences for all students.

“Spark Change illustrates what’s possible when students are given the opportunity to use digital tools to create and share content,” says Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE. “We’re especially excited that the ISTE Standards provide a powerful and meaningful rudder for the work Liv presents in this book. Just as importantly, this book features several other students doing the kind of work Liv models; they all demonstrate how the power of technology is transforming teaching and learning.”

Each chapter leads with an invitation to the reader and highlights the ISTE Standards for Educators that align to the chapter topic. The authors point out that all the LivBits work can be adapted to the classroom and function as student activities. Aside from the LivBits examples, there’s a “Lesson Ideas to Try” section that features activities from other teachers in the field who have explored these ideas.

This book also:

  • Follows a model of gradual release of responsibility — “I do,” “we do,” “you do” — to show how to teach kids the best way to approach connected learning experiences.
  • Illustrates the value of creation and connected learning, weaving in the critical need for digital literacy for students.

As Liv writes, “My biggest hope is for all kids to have people who value their voices and lift their stories for the world. And the biggest thrill I’ve had from my school-based work is with kids who create with hope in their hearts and a desire to make the world better.”

Cynthia says, “In today’s connected world, it’s no longer a question of whether students are going to be using a device; it’s about supporting students to create, reason and connect responsibly. When we teach students to behave the same way online as they do in person, the focus is less about the appropriateness of digital space and more about becoming good humans.”

Their video highlights the book at http://bit.ly/SparkChangeISTE.

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About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

 

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

 


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July 17, 2019

50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing: Edtech Educators Continue The Mission

An item from International Society for Technology in Education.

ISTE Works with NASA to Ignite Passion for STEM on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

 

WASHINGTON – July 15, 2019 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which accelerates good practice and promotes the use of technology to solve tough problems in education, honors the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by highlighting free NASA resources to educators to ignite interest in STEM.

 

For nearly a decade, ISTE has collaborated with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission; it provides educators with resources to engage students in ISTE Standards-ready research and engineering-design activities that seamlessly connect them to scientific study with real-world significance.

 

At ISTE19 in Philadelphia, nearly 20,000 members took part in a NASA Playground that featured the planetarium show “Apollo and Beyond: Conquering Gravity.” NASA personnel gave presentations and answered questions at six stations covering virtual and augmented reality, digital learning environments, digital fabrication and design (3D printing and 2D modeling), mobile sensors in smartphones, coding and electronics, and assistive technologies with Eclipse Soundscapes.

 

“Working with ISTE has been instrumental to reaching and inspiring educators over the past years. Being able to build a NASA Playground at the most important education innovation conference in the world while we celebrate the Apollo anniversary was an honor,” said Dr. C. Alex Young, director of NASA Space Science Education

Consortium (NSSEC).

 

“The space race unleashed international interest in motivating students to conquer what seemed impossible,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “All of the world benefited from the U.S. space program’s accomplishment a half-a- century ago. Future adventures await us, but to keep our future scientists inspired we need to connect our educators with the incredible learning opportunities provided by these NASA programs. ISTE is proud to play a key role in ensuring educators around the world can take advantage of these transformative learning experiences.”

 

ISTE is part of a coalition working to raise awareness about the NASA Space Science Education Consortium by sharing NASA space science activities and resources.

ISTE’s materials include NASA resources at your fingertips, ISTE’s NASA resource poster and a series of blog posts about NASA’s citizen science lessons.

 

Educators can connect with specific Apollo 50th Anniversary STEM content here.

 

 

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About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtechevents. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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July 16, 2019

Sign Up For Summer Learning: You Could Win $100!

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Now’s your chance:
Join us for bite-sized summer learning!

When you sign up, you’ll receive fun, juicy content you can savor (think podcasts, blog articles and more)! Whether you’re lounging by the pool, relaxing at the beach, or grading papers at summer school, you can make the most of your summer with ISTE Summer Bites!

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Sign up now to receive bite-sized content on one edtech topic of your choice: Creativity, STEM or Digital Citizenship. Complete your summer learning track and be entered to win an ISTE prize pack!

You’ll be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card just for signing up!

So grab a plate, choose your preferred appetizer and (after 30 minutes) get ready to dive right in. These snackable bites will help you make a splash with students this fall (but let’s not think about that quite yet!).

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July 15, 2019

Summer Reading On The Most Fun Topics In EdTech!

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Add a dose of creativity to your
literacy and writing lessons!

We’ve got your summer reading covered with two great books on fun (but still enlightening) edtech topics your students will delight in next year!


PowerupIn Power Up Your Classroom: Reimagine Learning Through Gameplay, you’ll learn about the benefits of gamification and game-based learning, and be empowered to design learning experiences that leverage gameplay to increase student motivation and engagement. An added perk: these approaches are known to build classroom community!

Explore the table of contents or read an excerpt for free!

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SketchnoteAnd in Sketchnoting in the Classroom: A Practical Guide to Deepen Student Learning, author Nichole Carter shares how sketchnoting can help students retain new material, develop skills to articulate empathy and build connections to larger concepts. This book will help you (and your students) feel confident in visual note taking and includes strategies for helping students feel successful in the process.

Explore the table of contents or read an excerpt for free!

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ISTE members save 25 percent on books every day when ordering from iste.org.

We’ve got your PD covered! Special pricing and free custom webinars available on bulk orders. Email books@iste.org for details.

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July 13, 2019

Time’s Running Out To Attend The Creative Constructor Lab At Our Lowest Rate!

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Save ~$50! Early bird for CCL ends soon
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Don’t miss your seat at

ISTE’s Creative Constructor Lab!

The ISTE Creative Constructor Lab is coming soon!

Join educators from around the world to network and learn in the vibrant and colorful setting of New Orleans, October 19-20, 2019. During this two-day interactive learning experience, you’ll discover ways to create vibrant, media-rich learning environments to help grow the next generation of creators.

The program is packed with keynotes, creation time, workshops, lightning talks and a final attendee showcase. Early-bird pricing is available until August 1. Save ~$50 and grab your spot today!

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