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Create Professional Learning Networks for Preservice Teachers in Educational Technology

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, November 30, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Lynn Hummel  
Discover how ISTE affiliate PAECT has created student chapters at colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to provide peer and mentor partnerships. Students interested in educational technology interact and learn with other students and mentors. Learn how easy it is to start your own.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: Community college/university
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is designed to show how PAECT as an ISTE affiliate created higher education student chapters at colleges and universities across the state of Pennsylvania to assist higher education students gain an understanding of educational technology practices, join a professional learning network, and interact with peers and mentors on a professional level.

Attendees at the session will learn about the benefits of creating a Professional Learning Network for higher education students, understand how this practice could be replicated in other states and countries, and model how ISTE standards and methods can be helpful to those entering the fields of learning and educational technology . The attendees will understand how students have benefited from having a PAECT student chapter at their college or university and the impact these groups are making on our organization as an ISTE affiliate.

PAECT student chapters were created based on an educational challenge our organization identified. Pre-service teachers and graduate students interested in the field of higher education lacked educational technology resources, understanding of ISTE standards, and did not have professional role models to understand the role of technology in K-12 schools across the state. As a result of this challenge, I assisted with creating 12 student chapters thus far in 2 years. The number of student chapters continues to grow with the ongoing activities, initiatives, and awareness of this opportunity is shared with others.

During the discussions at this session, attendees will review and link ISTE Educator Standards for Collaborators and Leaders and how these and other standards connect to the PAECT student chapter activities.

After attending the session, attendees will be able to:
Understand the value of a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for higher education students
Learn how to setup PLN activities for pre-service teachers and graduate students interested in educational technology
Link the use of joining a PLN to a variety of ISTE standards
Share and collaborate with other colleagues how simple it is to replicate this practice to engage higher education students with mentoring opportunities and activities that will be beneficial to their current and future learning experiences.

Success can already be documented with existing PAECT student chapters. Opportunities for students to interact with book authors, attend drone workshops, present at statewide conferences, and volunteer at ed tech events are just a few examples of how student chapters are making a positive difference to higher education students in Pennsylvania. This is something that should be expanded and used across the country and globe and is a perfect fit that aligns with ISTE.


Additional content will be added to make the online presentation outstanding in nature! Resources will be expanded to provide virtual attendees with ideas and implementation ideas.

Supporting research

Networks for Learning: Effective Collaboration for Teacher, School and System Improvement by Chris Brown (Editor), Cindy L. Poortman (Editor)

Constructing an Online Professional Learning Network for School Unity and Student Achievement
by Robin C. Thompson (Author), Laurie C. Kitchie (Author), Robert J. Gagnon (Author)

EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers
by Samantha Fecich (Author)

Education Reimagined: Leading Systemwide Change with the ISTE Standards by Helen Crompton (Author)

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Dr. Lynn Hummel, Bloomsburg University

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