The Top 10 Tools Every New Teacher Needs!

Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom 2

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Interactive lecture]

Tuesday, June 27, 12:15–1:15 pm
Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom 2

Chip Cash   Dr. Jennifer Courduff   Samantha Fecich   Dr. Peter Hessling   Dr. Anne Leftwich   Dr. Dennis McElroy   Rachelle Dene Poth   Dr. Torrey Trust   Dr. Mia Kim Williams  
Do all new teachers really need to be Google Apps experts? Should new teachers have Twitter accounts? We'll showcase a crowd-sourced list of the top 10 tools every new teacher needs and then engage in a critical discussion about using these tools for teaching and learning.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools and resources
Grade level: Community college/university
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Model digital age work and learning
Teachers : Engage in professional growth and leadership

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is designed to build a bridge between teacher education program faculty and pre- and in-service teachers by fostering conversations about how to better prepare teachers to use technology for teaching and learning.


This session will start with a rapid pace “10 tools in 10 minutes” IGNITE-style presentation featuring a list of tools crowdsourced from the ISTE Teacher Education Network. Each tool will be connected to one of the ISTE Standards for Students or Teachers. The audience will then be asked to get into groups of 6-8 to engage in a critical discussion about these tools. Example questions to guide the discussion include: 1) How do/might you use these tools for teaching, learning, or mentoring? 2) How do these tools align with pre-service teachers’ expectations about the technology they will use in their practice? 3) How can these tools be used to enhance teaching and learning at all levels? 4) What are the concerns about using these tools (e.g., privacy, digital citizenship, access, impact on student learning)? 5) How might you use these tools to align your practice with the ISTE Standards for Students and Teachers? Finally, we will return to the whole group setting to explore insights, ideas, and issues from the small group discussions.

Supporting research

Edutopia. (2015). New Teachers: Technology-Integration Basics. Retrieved from

Steyer, J. (2013). Connecting Teachers and Students to the Best Digital Tools. Retrieved from



Chip Cash, Princeton Day School

Dr. Jennifer Courduff, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

Samantha Fecich, Grove City College

Dr. Peter Hessling, North Carolina State University

Dr. Anne Leftwich, Indiana University

Dr. Dennis McElroy, Graceland University

Dennis is a Professor of Education and Director of Technology at the Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. His area of interest is the effective integration of technology into educational curriculum. He teaches a range of preservice teacher courses including Educational Psychology, Legal, Ethical and Pedagogical Practices, and Instructional Technology. Dennis has been a member of the international Society for Technology in Education Advocacy Board, served as the chair for Professional Development for the Teacher Education Network and is currently that group’s newsletter editor.

Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School

I teach Spanish and STEAM. I am an attorney and have a Master’s Degree in IT. I am Communications Chair for ISTE MLN, President-Elect and Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for Teacher Education Network, PAECT Historian. I was selected as 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT ( ISTE affiliate). I was named one of “20 to Watch” leaders by NSBA. I am a Common Sense Educator, Buncee Ambassador, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod PioNear, TES Ambassador as well as several others. I wrote chapter 3 of Edumatch “Snapshot in Education”, on Blended Learning and Chapter 6 of ISTE’s “Gamify Literacy”.

Dr. Torrey Trust, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Mia Kim Williams, University of Northern Colorado

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