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July 4, 2015

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Dear ISTE (reprised)

This past week in Philadelphia I participated in a meeting that launched the year-long process of refreshing ISTE’s Standards for Students. The organization acknowledges the accelerated pace of change and is entering the process of seeing what works, what is still relevant, what is obsolete, what is still missing since the last refresh in 2007. […]

Trends Aside, Libraries Support Student Content Creation Now | Horizon K-12 Report

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The evolution of students from consumers to creators of content continues as a major trend in education, according to the 2015 Horizon K-12 Report. Smart tech integration is at the heart of this transition, and libraries are helping lead the way.

ISTE 2015: The Big Themes—On-site and in the Backchannel | ISTE 2015

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Melissa Techman recaps the highlights from ISTE 2015, much of the value, as in past events, coming from conversation and social media.

The “Best Part of ISTE”: The Preshow Unconference | ISTE 2015

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The Saturday before ISTE is really the best part, says Elissa Malespina. Between the annual unconference Hack Education (#hacked15) and this year’s Mobile Megashare, it was a great day of connecting and learning from leaders in the field.

ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders

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Cathy Knutson, media specialist at Oak Hills Elementary School in Lakeville, MN, won the Librarians Network Primary Award, and Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL, taking the Librarians Network Secondary Award.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

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Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

ISTE Winners To Be Honored in Atlanta; Ezra Keats Foundation Awards $820K; Qlovi Adds HarperCollins Titles | News Bites

A round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve

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If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be, and how would you do it? Teacher librarians Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner are asking students this very question with a collaborative, student-driven initiative they’re calling GeniusCon.

EdLiNC Calls on FCC to Double E-Rate Funding

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The Education Library Networks Coalition—which includes the American Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education—is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to double the funding for E-rate, according to EdLiNC’s co-chair Jon Bernstein. The coalition also asks that the E-rate program offer more “scalable” goals for local entities, with limited national mandates.

Limitless Learning: Empowering Students to Build Big | ISTE 2013

Limitless Learning: Empowering Students to Build Big | ISTE 2013

The central theme of year’s lively ISTE conference encouraged educators to take away limits that hinder their students’ learning, and let students build something that matters.

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as “Defenders of Wisdom,” and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as “Defenders of Wisdom,” and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in San Antonio from June 23-26 offered unique opportunities for educators to interact, learn about the latest ed tech resources, and hear new ideas from education leaders. At a conference this size, it’s impossible to see and do it all, but here are some highlights that librarians can take back to their schools in the fall.

Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation Honored at ISTE

ISTE 2013 Tech Awards Honor Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation

An exploration of New Orleans’s hurricane-ravaged Ninth Ward and a student-driven study on how to conserve energy in a school are the winners of this year’s SIGMS Technology Innovation Awards bestowed at ISTE, the annual ed-tech conference held in San Antonio, TX, June 23–26.

ISTE Hopes ConnectEd Stirs Political Will to Fully Fund E-Rate

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The White House’s announcement last week of the ConnectEd initiative, President Obama’s urging of the FCC to overhaul the E-Rate program, is only the first step in what must be a larger, committed effort to fully fund technology in our nation’s schools and libraries, the International Society for Technology in Education says.

Choices, Choices… For the Tech-Minded, ISTE May Be More Useful Than ALA

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This month, librarians are gearing up for the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. But some question whether “annual” really serves their professional development needs. In a time of contracting budgets, layoffs, and demands for tech expertise in the library, is ALA still the must-attend event for all? Or is ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education conference) in San Antonio a better choice?

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education

The International Society for Technology in Education has initiated an online petition urging the White House to take action to invest in school broadband connectivity to bridge the digital divide in education.

News Bites: Apply for ALSC Día Mini-Grants by February 1

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Check out this week’s News Bites for the latest information on library grants, writing contest for young adults, and more.

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding

The E-Rate program, which is responsible for the funds dedicated to connecting schools and libraries to the Internet, is unable to keep up with high demand., and schools’ needs are only becoming more urgent with the advent of the Common Core Standards.

ISTE 2012 | ALA Annual: Candid Thoughts on the FCC Plan and Advocacy

ISTE 2012 | ALA Annual: Candid Thoughts on Change, the FCC Digital Literacy Plan, and Advocacy

In a challenging economy, ISTE and ALA grapple with advocating for their school librarian, media specialist membership and then there’s the hot-button issue of digital literacy.

Scenes from ISTE 2012

Scenes from ISTE 2012

A slideshow of images from the International Society for Technology in Education conference held in San Diego, CA, June 24-27.