Empowering Students and Teachers in a Changing World

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Explore and create : Playground

Chip Cash  
Dr. Camille Dempsey  
Dr. Samantha Fecich  
Dr. Rayna Freedman  
Laurie Guyon  
Dr. Peter Hessling  
Dr. Dennis McElroy  
Rachelle Dene Poth  
Laura Steinbrink  
Dr. Shelly Vohra  
Dr. Mia Kim Williams  

In a rapidly changing world, students, educators, administrators and coaches are all faced with seemingly diminishing choices. Join the Teacher Education Network to learn ideas for empowering you and your school in these difficult times. You will discover digital tools, learning activities and PD ideas that incorporate the ISTE Standards.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
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:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The playground will be focused on multiple key issues and tie into the year's theme of the Teacher Education Network: Empowering Students and Teachers in a Changing World. Throughout the year, TEN looked 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. For example, there will be ideas shared for using assistive tech via Microsoft accessibility tools and Google extensions.
Creation of engaging activities and resources for educators, whether classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, preservice teachers, many new ideas will be shared.


In this modified Virtual Playground we will have three sessions with multiple presenters: SEL, Social Justice and Equity, and Student Engagement. The fourth session is called "Connections and Applications." Here is where you can meet the presenters to play with ideas and practice what you have learned.
Topics include:
Accessibility teacher toolkit
The rules of the red rubber ball at school
Fostering connectedness and SEL
Build your own cope cakes!
Online games for student engagement
Integrating Social Justice in Virtual Environments

All stations will include peer-to-peer interactions and chat, and many will include device-based activities.

Supporting research

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.

Boettcher, J.V. & Conrad, R.-M. (2016). The online teaching survival guide (2nd ed.). Jossey-Bass.

Szetzo, E. (2015). Community of inquiry as an instructional approach: What effects of teaching, social and cognitive presences are there in blended synchronous learning and teaching? Computers and Education, 81, 191-201.

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Chip Cash, Princeton Day School

A long-time educator, Chip works with both students and teachers to incorporate ISTE standards into his practice. As part of the ISTE Teacher Education Network, Chip helps to schedule and create the now-famous #ISTETEN twitter chat, which occurs monthly. Chip has presented with the ISTE TEN team at previous ISTE conferences, and was a past volunteer champion.

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.

Dr. Samantha Fecich, Grove City College
Dr. Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield

Dr. 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. Rayna has a B.S. in Education from the University of Vermont and a M.Ed in Educational Technology from Lesley University. She received her doctorate through Northeastern in teaching, learning, leading, and curriculum. Rayna is President of MassCUE and has been presenting at the annual conference since 2010. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, Medfield Digital Learning Day, FETC, BPLC, and BLC.

Laurie Guyon, WSWHE BOCES
ISTE Certified Educator

Laurie was named CoSN's NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders for 2020. She is an ISTE Certified Educator and in the first DigCit Institute Global Impactor Cohort. Laurie is on the NYSCATE Social Media Team and Volunteer Hall of Fame and leadership teams ISTETEN, ISTESTEM, and ISTEDSN. She is Google Cloud Certified and a Google Certified Trainer. She is an ambassador for Common Sense, Buncee, Seesaw, Nearpod Pionear, Sphero Hero, Kami Hero, Genially, Wakelet, 3D Bear, IORAD, Osmo, and Screencastify Master Screencaster. Laurie was an adjunct professor for SUNY Plattsburgh where she taught Digital Age Learning.

Dr. Peter Hessling, North Carolina State University

I’ve been teaching at North Carolina State University for over 25 years, including almost 15 years of teaching online in some form or another. My Ph.D. is in Foundations of Education from UNC Chapel Hill, so I come at technology entirely from the humanities. My research is in the history of education, online teaching and collaboration, and pre-service teacher beliefs. I’ve been on the ISTE TEN leadership team for several years, usually participating heavily in the ISTE TEN Playground. Occasionally, I like to make short class videos using puppets.

Dr. Dennis McElroy, Graceland University

Dr. Dennis McElroy is Professor Emeritus from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He is the 2020-21 ISTE Teacher Education Network PLN President. Dennis is an Apple Educator, technology advocate, and passionate teacher educator. His career has included time serving as a high school science teacher, technology director, Iowa DOE technology consultant, school board member, and university professor. In his free time he is a devoted father and grandfather as well as a gigging musician.

Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: Emerging Technology. Rachelle has Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, past-president of ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the Leadership team of Mobile Learning Network.She received the Making IT Happen Award in 2019. Rachelle is the author of five books, including her most recent True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us and also has a book with ISTE “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 24 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 three educational books and co-authored a Microsoft EDU course with Francesca Arturi of Buncee.

Dr. Shelly Vohra, Peel District School Board
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Mia Kim Williams, University of Wyoming

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