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Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Creating Technology-Rich Learning Environments and School Culture - the ISTE Way!

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Panel

Sunday, June 23, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: Nutter Theater: Level 1

Kim Bennett   Kerri Connor   Connie Garrison   Elizabeth Huffaker  
Our team will share experiences from our ISTE Certification journey. You'll walk away with practical and useful information that you can use immediately to enhance teaching and learning. We'll share tips and tools on how to change the culture to support adoption of the ISTE Standards.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning.
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose/Objective of Panel
• To demonstrate and offer ideas for incorporating technology into the middle school classroom.
• To help promote the use of the ISTE standards into regular practice.
• To explain how the ISTE educator and student standards have helped to empower and grow our school culture.
• To relay our personal experience going through ISTE certification and how it has impacted our teaching strategies.
• To encourage other educators and administrators to incorporate ISTE standards into their school culture.


Topics of discussion
• Describe CMS school culture (student population, staff population, community, technology resources).
• Explain process of ISTE certification (steps taken, requirements).
• Share personal artifacts demonstrating ISTE standards.
• Share how ISTE has grown our teaching practice (what has changed, what has stayed the same, what we brought back to our own community/school)
• How to transition and encourage teachers into utilizing more technology into their teaching practice
o Tech Tuesdays
o Advisement lessons using Nearpod
o Technology meetings twice a week to train on specific tools
o Purchasing district accounts for useful tools (Nearpod, USA TestPrep)
o Committee groups
o ISTE certified taking a leadership role by helping to train, inform, and encourage
o Encouraging BYLD

Supporting research

As we prepare students to be career and college ready, research shows we must change how we are educating students for careers that don’t currently exist. The US Department of Education states 75% of educators think that technology has a positive impact on the educational process, but many are slow to change their instructional practices.
The ISTE Educator Standards are a roadmap for teachers to leverage technology to personalize learning geared toward student interest at their academic abilities, has allowed the effective use of learning management systems to reach every child, every day; has made the world a smaller place so that collaboration with students and experts across the globe can be accomplished easily; and has helped all educators model life-long learning for their students.

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Kim Bennett, Creekland Middle School
Kerri Connor, Creekland Middle School
Connie Garrison, Creekland Middle School
Elizabeth Huffaker, Creekland Middle School

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