9 Features of Digital Citizenship [INFOGRAPHIC]

digital citizenshipHere is a new visual from ISTE on the concept of digital citizenship. The visual outlines some of the features characterizing ‘good’ digital citizens based on attributes of good citizens. The elements of digital citizenship, according to ISTE, “ are not so different from the basic tenets of traditional citizenship: Be kind, respectful and responsible, and just do the right thing”. The ideas are pretty basic and will definitely give students a very good initiation into this huge concept of digital citizenship.

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ISTE Launches ReimaginED To Align Tech & CCSS

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Reposted from the ISTE Community:

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has launched Project ReimaginED, a social learning community that aims to redesign learning activities for alignment with the Common Core State Standards and the ISTE Standards for Students. Open to K-12 teachers and technology coaches, the community will ask teams of educators to submit educational artifacts aligned to the standards for review by network leaders.

Once vetted, the artifacts will be curated and published, “creating a valuable resource library for educators around the country,” according to a news release. “Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, post comments, share works-in-progress and get feedback from community members on educational artifacts that they contributed. In addition, they can continue to build their knowledge of the Common Core and ISTE Standards by attending online or events or through reading the Project ReimaginED blog.”

Developed in partnership with the National Center for Literacy Education and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project will run through December 2015. Participation is free, so bring colleagues and work together to deepen your understanding of the standards and get support in applying what you learn to what you do every day.

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ISTE and the Verizon Foundation Launch Free Mobile Learning Academy for Educators


School Teams Can Apply Now for September Kick-Off; Earn CEUs From The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Reposted from District Administration:

“The Verizon Foundation and ISTE will collaborate to develop and implement the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA), a virtual professional learning program designed to help school teams of teachers, tech coaches and administrators prepare for successfully integrating mobile technology into learning and teaching.

In addition, ISTE and the Verizon Foundation are working with The Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education (CTE) to develop the curriculum for the VMLA program. The initiative will provide selected educator teams across the country with a series of free, moderated virtual professional development modules aligned to the ISTE Standards that will earn participants Continuing Education Units from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

This free professional learning program is aligned with the ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. ISTE is inviting school teams from across the continental United States to apply to participate in the first phase of the program. School teams are made up of one school administrator, one tech coach or equivalent and five to eight teachers. The VMLA will be offered online four times between September 2014 and December 2015. Interested teams can pre-register online at”

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Ten Takeaways from Atlanta ISTE


I am just back to DC after my first ISTE conference in five years. Here are ten takeaways from my time in Atlanta:

Learning – gone are the days when “Spreadsheet Magic” was a best seller. There is a definite shift towards learning first, with tech incidental to learning.

Leadership – not just in role or title, but in learning by doing, taking risks and pushing the envelope in how we need to rethink education.

Capacity – building personal and communal capabilities to prepare our children to meet the demands of the knowledge economy workplace.

Design – thoughtfully and deliberately planning for the kinds of environments and experiences children need to successfully contribute to the global marketplace of ideas.

Infrastructure – putting in place the programs, policies and backbone to host and sustain a world of collaboration and contribution through innovation.

Personalization – trailblazing towards individualized instruction and maximized learning for all children, ensuring for multiple pathways to success.

Connect – network with subject matter, technical and process experts who push your thinking and advance the dialog around education and technologies.

Question – those who are expanding their capacity and growing their ability to impact education are asking many questions and are receptive to all possible answers.

Experience – for the first time I saw ISTE offering an experience, not just a conference; a place to be and be seen and be heard. How do we extend this beyond the four days in Atlanta?

Thrive – one of the key words on conference promotional materials around the Georgia World Congress Center, “thrive” connotes a level of existence beyond simply being and doing; perhaps that was the intent of the entire aforementioned conference experience – to recognize that ed tech is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle in which we all can realize our full potential and the potential in others.

Thanks for a great conference, ISTE.