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July 18, 2012
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An ISTE 2012 Recap
The 33rd annual conference and exposition of the International Society for Technology in Education -- one of the largest education-technology conferences in the world -- took place June 24 to 27 in San Diego. The event brought together thousands of educators, technology coordinators, administrators and other representatives from schools, districts and government agencies to consider the theme: "Expanding Horizons."

We invite you to read this Special Report from SmartBrief on EdTech, which contains some of the top stories from the conference. If you do not already receive SmartBrief on EdTech daily and have found our conference coverage useful, we urge you to sign up for our timely e-newsletter. SmartBrief on EdTech delivers the most relevant news in education technology directly to your inbox -- for free.
Realizing the Impact of Mobile Devices
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Conference Headlines 
  • How to start using social media in school
    Social media in schools was a topic of discussion at SocialEdCon, a kickoff event to the International Society for Technology in Education conference, writes blogger Betty Ray. While many schools block social media and some teachers are wary of such websites, Ray offers several tips to help teachers use Facebook, Twitter and other sites in the classroom. She suggests teachers connect with others from the school community on social media websites, start small, get parents to buy in, keep personal and professional accounts separate and stick with it. Ray's blog (6/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Education-technology advocates seek more federal funding
    Little is being done to ensure that federal money is used effectively to promote education technology, according to some at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. While President Barack Obama's administration has expressed support for education technology, there has been little action. "The problem is there is rhetoric and support, but there hasn't been any specific policy examples of how to achieve that goal," said Hilary Goldmann, ISTE's director of governmental affairs. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Engaging students in learning with and without technology
    Some speakers at this year's International Society for Technology in Education conference shared the message that a teacher's role is to help students find their passion, journalist Tina Barseghian writes in this blog post. One of those speakers, author Marc Prensky, offered suggestions for how teachers can engage students. Listen to them, he said. Respect their ideas, have high expectations and teach them the skills you know they'll need. "Helping students find their passion will lead them to achievement," Prensky said. blog (6/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using technology to build students' social, emotional skills
    In this blog post, fourth-grade teacher Joan Young -- a facilitator at the SocialEdCon event at the International Society of Technology in Education conference -- writes about ways in which technology can help improve students' social and emotional skills. Among the ideas offered by educators are to use blogging as a tool for less-communicative students, plus video and animation for students to express themselves. Educators also suggested using Skype or Twitter to allow students to connect with experts in fields, such as science. Young's blog (7/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. district makes technology rollout cost-effective
    A California school district negotiated the price of 4G access with telecommunications providers as part of its effort to expand high-speed Internet access in schools. The San Marcos Unified School District's efforts were highlighted at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Among the district's plans are to provide electronic devices for each student by introducing netbook computers and iPads in the fall. North County Times (Temecula, Calif.) (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 50% of Common Core Standards Require Technology
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Trends & Technology 
  • School-technology leaders to be part of common core transition
    As districts begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, there will be implications for schools' technology leaders, said some presenters at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Chief among them is a requirement that students take exams online, requiring that schools have proper bandwidth to allow simultaneous access. Other changes will include providing greater access to online educational resources and teacher training. Education Week/Digital Education blog (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atomic Learning presents new initiative at ISTE conference
    Atomic Learning took its initiative to promote the use of mobile devices in the classroom to the Little Falls, Minn., school district for testing, blogger Sean McMahon writes in this post. Through Atomic Mobilize, which was unveiled at the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference, the district used its textbook budget to purchase iPads for students in grades 5-12. By the end of the year, one of the teachers said he could not imagine teaching without the device, shared Jonathon Blissenbach of Atomic Learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rethinking some of the new buzzwords in education
    Educator Will Richardson recently attended the International Society for Technology in Education conference and, in this blog post, he shares some of his opinions on the hot trends in education such as "personalization" and "engagement." He contends that those words have been too narrowly defined in the education community. While individualized lessons are great, he writes, the more important goal is teaching students how to teach themselves. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (7/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The essential use of technology tools in education
    New technologies should be used to support and develop education, says Brian Kuhn, manager of information services for a school district in British Columbia, Canada. Kuhn sampled technology such as 3D programming, robotics and iPad mobile applications at the recent International Society of Technology in Education conference, and he notes in this interview that they are all tools that can be used in the classroom as "practical, fun, and engaging methods" for learning and application. The Tri-City News (Coquitlam, British Columbia) (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
 Tech Integration's PROVEN Impact on Students
Everyone seems to say that technology engages students and, in turn, engagement improves achievement. A recent research study by SEG Measurement found students achieve significantly more when taught by teachers who participate in tech integration focused PD. Download study.


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