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Teacher Education Playground: Lead and Advocate With the ISTE Standards

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Explore and create : Playground

Monday, November 30, 1:30–3:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Zainab Bhatti  
Dr. Jennifer Courduff  
Dr. Camille Dempsey  
Brigid Duncan  
Dr. Samantha Fecich  
Dr. Peter Hessling  
Noemi Juarez  
Dr. Dennis McElroy  
Rachelle Dene Poth  
Laura Steinbrink  
Dr. Shelly Vohra  
Martia Williams  
Dr. Mia Kim Williams  

Students, educators, administrators and coaches are all leaders and advocates! Join the Teacher Education Network to learn how multiple ISTE Standards can guide leaders to implement meaningful and equitable practices. You will discover digital tools, learning activities and PD ideas that incorporate the ISTE Standards.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees do not need to have software or apps loaded to participate in the playground stations and activities. Information will be available after the playground in the ISTE digital tote.
Topic: Teacher education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The playground will be focused on multiple 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, connecting pedagogy with digital tools to enhance instruction. There will be ideas shared 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 presenters/members grouped into the playground areas by topics stemming from our monthly themes this year. Content will be based on our themes:
Digital Citizen Advocate & Connected Learner
Digital Age Learning Environments: Connecting Research and Practice
Transformative Leader: Preparing for the Future
Visionary Leadership
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
Empowering Leaders
There will be different presenters rotating through stations and also one section for live discussions or demonstrations. Generally, each station will change every hour, but some topics will repeat so that audience members can spend adequate time at each station. All stations will include peer-to-peer interactions and many will include device-based activities.

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

Lennon, L. (2012). The role of the school principal in technology integration: A literature review. Retrieved from

Gupta, P. (2016, Oct 9). Roles & responsibilities of a school leader in technology integration. Retrieved from

Admiraal, W., van Vugt, F., Kranenburg, F., Koster, B., Smit, B., Weijers, S., & Lockhorst, D. (2017). Preparing pre-service teachers to integrate technology into K-12 instruction: Evaluation of a technology-infused approach. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 26(1), 105-120.

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Zainab Bhatti, North Carolina State University
Dr. Jennifer Courduff, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is a Professor of Education 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.

Dr. Camille Dempsey, Pennsylvania Western University

Dr. Camille Dempsey is an Assistant Professor of Middle & Secondary Education/Educational Leadership at Edinboro University where she teaches educational technology, research and methods courses. Her research includes a focus on virtuality culture theory and the ways that contemporary technology mediates human presence in the ways society is connecting, exploring and communicating. Most recently she received the PAECT Higher Education Technology Impact Award for a journal article she wrote.

Brigid Duncan, Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory
Dr. Samantha Fecich, Grove City College
Dr. Peter Hessling, North Carolina State University
Noemi Juarez, North Carolina State University
Dr. Dennis McElroy, Graceland University

Dennis is a Professor Emeritus in the Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. He has been a member of the international Society for Technology in Education Advocacy Board and is currently the President of the Teacher Education Network. His area of research interest is the effective integration of technology into educational practice. He taught a range of preservice teacher courses including Educational Psychology, Legal, Ethical and Pedagogical Practices, and Instructional Technology.

Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School

I am an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. I teach Spanish and STEAM Emerging Technology. I have a Juris Doctor degree & a Master’s in Instructional Technology. I am past-president of the ISTE TEN and on the Leadership team of MLN. I received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service. I am the author of ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” and “The Future is Now” “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World."

Laura Steinbrink, Waynesville R-VI High School

Laura Steinbrink, a teacher for 25 years, is a national presenter and the author of, a Feedspot Top 200 blog in Education. Besides teaching HS full time, Laura is an educational consultant and has published articles for Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook; Denis Sheeran, author of Instant Relevance; & articles for ISTE TEN, Kahoot, Getting Smart, & other EDU related companies. Laura is also a contributing author in Focused Environments, Stories of Change Vol 3, published by Connected Learning, and In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking by Rachelle Dene Poth, published by Edumatch Publishing.

Dr. Shelly Vohra, Peel District School Board
Martia Williams, North Carolina State University
Dr. Mia Kim Williams, University of Wyoming

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