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Teacher Education Playground: Preparing for the Future of Learning

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Explore and create : Playground

Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Playground A, Level 2, Grand Hall

Dr. Peña Bedesem   Chip Cash   April Chamberlain   Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran   Dr. Rebekah Davis   Dr. Julie Delello   Jaime Donally   Dr. Samantha Fecich   Amanda Fox   Dr. Rayna Freedman   Sarah Fromhold   Cassie Frost   Christopher Hernandez   Dr. Peter Hessling   Bijan Jalali   Dr. Deborah Kerby   Kammas Kersch   Cory Klinge   David Lockett   Dr. Dennis McElroy   Rachelle Dene Poth   Joy Powell   Dr. Susan Poyo   Dr. Brandie Shatto   Dr. Torrey Trust   Steve Wick  
Join Teacher Education Network leaders and community members to learn how the Standards for Educators are implemented into their practice and prepare current and future teachers for doing the same. At this interactive playground, you will discover digital tools, learning activities and PD ideas for the ISTE Educator Standards.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None necessary ahead of time
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Teacher education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Related exhibitors: Google, Inc. , MERGE , Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The playground will be focused on each of the ISTE standards and tie into the year theme of the Teacher Education Network. Throughout the year, TEN is looking toward the future of learning and how to best prepare new educators as well as provide resources for current educators, to implement emerging technologies and focus on new trends in education.
We will have stations where presenters are sharing different apps, tools, ideas for using AR/VR, availability of Assistive tech (like Microsoft Translator and others) to support all the standards.

Creation of engaging activities and resources for educators, whether classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, preservice teachers, many new ideas will be shared.


We will have each of the TEN members grouped into the playground areas by standards. For example, standard 7, indicator one- "Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning" with resources, activities and more.
Content will be based on our themes:
Preparing/supporting new and current teachers for the digitally connected world
Using tech to maintain a healthy lifestyle for Ts & students (tie to National Health Month)
Cyber teachers
Best practices in this online space
How do you teach students with special needs in the online space?
Best practices for adapting instruction for students in the online space
Mentoring (virtual and face to face)
Smart living/teaching in a smart society (artificial intelligence)
Global citizen
Service learning across the globe / Teach SDGs
How to reach out to teachers around the world

There will be different presenters rotating through stations and also one section for live discussions or demonstrations

Supporting research

McArthur, D., Lewis, M. & Bishary, M. (2005). The Roles of Artificial Intelligence in Education: Current Progress and Future Prospects. Journal of Educational Technology, 1(4), 42-80. Retrieved September 4, 2018 from

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Dr. Peña Bedesem, Kent State University
Chip Cash, Princeton Day School

Chip is a veteran Mathematics Educator at Princeton Day School, in Princeton, NJ. He is currently the Communications Chair for ISTE's Teacher Education Network, and previously participated in ISTE's ImaginED project. Additionally, he volunteers at 'Ask Me' stations, reviews book proposals, and can be sometimes found at Revolutionary War Reenactments! Connect on Twitter: @njcashman.

April Chamberlain, Trussville City Schools
Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Digital Citizenship Institute
Dr. Rebekah Davis, NC State University

A PhD student in the Learning, Design and Technology program at NC State, Rebekah is currently serving as the Digital Learning Graduate Assistant in METRC, the College of Education’s media resource center. Along with conducting in-house and conference workshops on technology integration topics, she teaches the Introduction to Technology class for undergraduates. Prior to working at NC State, Rebekah spent 20 years teaching middle grades English Language Arts and Social Studies, and working as a Gifted Ed Facilitator. Rebekah is dedicated to helping students reach deeper learning by finding and sharing technology resources that help teachers innovate their way into the future.

Dr. Julie Delello, The University of Texas at Tyler
Jaime Donally, ARVRinEDU
Dr. Samantha Fecich, Grove City College
Amanda Fox, STEAMPunksEdu
Dr. Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield

Rayna Freedman is a 5th grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern. Rayna is president of MassCUE. She is a BrainPOP certified educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and Fablevision Ambassador. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, MassCUE, MASCD, Medfield DLD, and BLC. Ms. Freedman is published in Early Childhood Education Today, Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education 2nd edition and Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education. She is a level 2 Google Certified Educator.

Sarah Fromhold, Frisco ISD
Cassie Frost, Stevens Point area school
Christopher Hernandez, Rebecca School
Dr. Peter Hessling, North Carolina State University

Peter Hessling, Ph.D., is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University (Raleigh). He teaches graduate qualitative research and undergraduate foundations of education courses, in both face-to-face and fully online environments. His research interests include the history of education, pre-service teacher beliefs, and new teacher induction, especially in high poverty schools.

Bijan Jalali, Cogstruk™, LLC.
Dr. Deborah Kerby, Pocono Mountain School District
Kammas Kersch, Chester County Intermediate Unit
Cory Klinge, Richfield Public Schools
David Lockett, School of Applied Computational Sciences at Meharry Medical College

David Lockett is committed to educating students, families, and the community through establishing strong STEM connections. To inform, inspire, and ignite is his goal as he explores STEM-based challenges with middle school students.

Dr. Dennis McElroy, Graceland University
Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School
Joy Powell, Ouachita Parish School System
Dr. Susan Poyo, Franciscan University
Dr. Brandie Shatto, University of Maryland Global Campus (UM
Dr. Torrey Trust, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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