In Tech Ed there are a lot of great organizations trying (and succeeding) in doing good stuff. I’ve highlighted a few and will continue to talk about more in the future, but the biggest player in Educational Technology is the International Society for Technology in Education – or much more commonly known as ISTE.
February 26th – ISTE
ISTE was founded in 1979 as a non-profit to support and promote the use of Technology in Education. Obviously technology has changed drastically since then but their mission stays the same, technology (whatever it is) in todays classrooms. The “I” in ISTE stands for International and they are in 91 countries (as of 2014) and over 20,000 members (again that number has probably grown significantly. ISTE’s website has a great interactive report and talks about growth in social networks, the break down of subjects and what the members of ISTE professions are – but really it’s more about a professional network to support you.
ISTE Standards are from 2011 and being rewritten, but they are smart and applicable to what educators are trying to do everyday. They make it accessible and with the resources and additional people online – its a great organization to visit often and work their philosophy into daily routines.
In addition to the network of support, ISTE also offers a large conference every year at the end of June where people can attend and present what they are doing in schools. This year it’s June 26-29th in Denver, CO. Super-early bird pricing ends March 1st, so get your tickets now!