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Reimagine Your Classroom: ISTE's Top Tips, Tricks and Tools for Online Teaching

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Saturday, December 5, 10:15–11:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Brian Huff  
Liz Lee  
Dr. Joseph South  

When schools began shifting to virtual learning last spring, ISTE quickly pivoted to develop relevant, bite-size, engaging professional development focused on online and blended learning. Join this session to learn some of ISTE's top strategies for online teaching, including how to create community, design instruction, provide feedback, and ensure equity and inclusion in online learning environments. You will also hear from a district leader who incorporated ISTE's strategies into their district's professional development over the summer -- and what the outcomes were. Finally, learn more about ISTE U's online courses that will guide you deeper into these topics.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • 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.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to support K-12 educators, including classroom teachers, coaches, and district leaders, as they continue to teach in online and blended learning environments due to COVID-19. We will share ISTE's top strategies for online teaching as featured in ISTE U's Online Teaching Academy and Microcourses. We will also highlight a district who has incorporated these strategies into their teacher professional development.

Objectives for participants include:
-Learn strategies for creating community, designing instruction, providing feedback, and ensuring equity and inclusion in online learning environments.
-Learn how to implement professional development for online teaching at scale across a district.


1. Introduction (5 minutes)
2. District highlight: Rowland Unified School District (10 minutes)
3. ISTE’s 4 pillars of online teaching strategies (10 minutes)
3. Try it! Online interactive activity (15 minutes)
5. Learn how to get PD from ISTE U (5 minutes)

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Brian Huff, Rowland Unified School District
Liz Lee, ISTE
Dr. Joseph South, ISTE

Joseph South, ISTE chief learning officer, is a strategic national educational technology leader focused on evidence-based learning transformation. He formerly served as the director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. In his role at the department, he was an adviser to the Secretary of Education and developed national edtech policy, formed public-private partnerships to assist state and local education leaders in transitioning to digital learning, helped school districts expand the use of openly licensed educational resources (OERs), and collaborated with stakeholders to nurture a robust ecosystem of edtech entrepreneurs and innovators. He also worked on a cross-governmental team to bring high-speed broadband, interactive devices, professional development for educators and leaders, and high-quality affordable digital content to U.S. classrooms. He’s a strong proponent of the active use of technology by learners. South has led learning product development teams at startups, museums, nonprofits, corporations and higher education institutions. He has also directed a host of learning programs and consulted on projects in China, Korea, Mexico, South America and the Middle East. He holds a doctorate in instructional psychology and technology from Brigham Young University.

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