Professional development is key to helping teachers succeed, particularly when it comes to providing support to help them effectively integrate new classroom technologies. The Newport News Public Schools district recognized that its teachers often lacked the time and resources to attend professional conferences, so it decided to give them their own. Each year, the NNPS Technology Department hosts the iNNovate Technology Conference, an end-of-summer event organized with teachers' input that pays year-round dividends.
Limited time, lack of familiarity and a high number of digital devices can make data privacy feel overwhelming. Yet protecting the data of students, teachers and staff is a responsibility to which many K–12 leaders are starting to pay more attention. Experts emphasize that this isn't a one-and-done project, but an ongoing effort that must be integrated into routine operations.
When Parkland School District in Philadelphia learned of the Airtame screencasting solution, it ran a pilot in its 200-classroom high school. That went so well, PSD has deployed roughly 400 more of the devices, which allow teachers and students to easily share content on a screen in the classroom. In addition to making it easier for students and teachers to collaborate, the devices free teachers from their desks so they can move around the classroom and interact with students in a more active-learning style.
The Mars Classroom Simulator Challenge, presented by Cisco at the ISTE 2019 conference, is an escape room that requires participants to work together to solve a problem in a fictional scenario on the planet Mars. The idea is to give teachers a chance to engage in the same collaborative, hands-on learning experiences they want students to have. The simulator also facilitates the development of problem-solving skills, which Cisco leaders say are a critical component of a 21st-century skill set.
ISTE standards offer a framework to help teachers, students, administrators and coaches create learning environments that are innovative and effective. To develop and periodically revise the standards, ISTE leaders draw on research, expert perspectives on trends and technologies, and, most important, input from teachers and other members of the education community. Thousands of educators from around the world have contributed to the standards' development and evolution.