at a glance
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the
premier membership association for educators and education leaders
engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective
use of technology in PK– 12 and teacher education.
Each year ISTE members elect outstanding educational leaders to a board of directors
that governs the organization with guidance from ISTE’s strategic plan ( www.iste.org/
Member Communities |
ISTE membership is a powerful and convenient way for teachers, administrators,
teacher educators, media specialists, technology coordinators, and other education
professionals to connect with peers, share the challenges and excitement of teaching,
and be part of a dynamic community that is leading the transformation of education.
The ISTE Affiliate Network connects 80 regional organizations from around the globe
that share ISTE’s vision, provide year-round professional development, and connect
ISTE to its members in a grassroots, tangible way.
ISTE 100 |
ISTE 100 corporate members are select, forward-thinking corporations that
share ISTE’s commitment to advancing education and work closely with
educators in pursuit of that goal.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) |
ISTE members can network with like-minded colleagues worldwide through SIGs
focused on groups such as administrators and teacher educators, or on topics
such as telelearning and handheld computing.
Ways to Connect
ISTE Connects |
ISTE’s official blog is also a one-stop aggregation point for the many ways to
learn about and engage with ISTE through any of the ISTE communities and social
ISTE Community Ning |
The ISTE Community Ning is a year-round social network for members, affiliated
organizations and groups, and educational leaders.
ISTE Island in Second Life |
ISTE’s Second Life space is a venue for educators to network and learn from each other
about real-life education opportunities and best practices in Second Life.
ISTE Wikispaces | www.iste.wikispaces.net
ISTE’s wikis are a means for members to communicate, collaborate, and participate in
Advocacy Toolkit | www.iste.org/advocacy/toolkit
ISTE has compiled a collection of stories, templates, starter kits, and other resources to
help you to make the case for ed tech.
Hilary Goldmann’s Blog |
ISTE’s director of government affairs reports on ed tech policy developments and ISTE’s
efforts to advocate for the appropriate use of technology in education.
Learn more at
4 Learning & Leading with Technology | August 2009
U.S. Public Policy Objectives | www.iste.org/advocacy/public-policy
ISTE bases its public policy priorities on our members’ commitment to provide students
with the skills and tools they need to succeed in the 21st century.
Ed Tech Action Network (ETAN) |
ETAN provides an opportunity to make your voice heard by sending letters to national,
state, and local policy makers.
Learning & Leading with Technology (L&L) |
ISTE’s magazine provides practical ideas and forward-thinking examinations of
technology use in PK– 12. L&L is delivered to all members eight times a year.
Books and Courseware |
ISTE’s materials are written by teachers, teacher educators, technology specialists, and
educational leaders at all levels who believe deeply in the potential of technology to
transform the learning environment.
ISTE Update |
ISTE’s monthly e-newsletter keeps members up to date on activities happening
throughout the organization.
Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) |
ISTE’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishes high-quality research about the trends
and challenges of teaching and learning in the 21st century.
Journal of Computing in Teacher Education (JCTE) |
ISTE’s SIG for teacher educators publishes this quarterly, peer-reviewed journal.
ISTE Daily Leader |
Produced onsite each year at ISTE’s conference and exposition, the Daily Leader
provides NECC attendees with the latest conference news and exhibit hall coverage.
ISTE Initiatives & Projects
ISTE Conference & Exposition |
ISTE’s annual conference and exposition (formerly known as NECC) is the place to be
for educators intent on being at the forefront of improving teaching and learning by
advancing the use of technology.
New Educational Technology Standards (NETS) |
ISTE unveiled its updated NETS for Students (NETS•S) in 2007, NETS for Teachers
(NETS•T) in 2008, and NETS for Administrators (NETS•A) in 2009. The standards, now
used in every U.S. state and many countries, are credited with significantly influencing
expectations for students and creating targets of excellence relating to technology.
Research & Evaluation |
ISTE’s Research and Evaluation Department advances teaching and learning by
developing, implementing, and disseminating cutting-edge research on educational
technology integration in education systems.
Professional Development Services |
ISTE provides a continuum of high-quality professional development opportunities
keyed to the NETS and organizational development services to improve teaching and
learning in PK– 12 education.
ISTE offers popular webinars about strategies for integrating technology into curriculum
and other schoolwide activities.