We Treasure Our Members!
Jessica Medaille highlights special opportunities and a Web treasure
hunt in celebration of Member Appreciation Month.
ISTE Member Development Team
Each February, we celebrate you:
ISTE’s trailblazing, creative, and
dedicated educators. This year,
we’re sending you on a Web treasure
hunt, where you’ll have an opportunity
to win great prizes, including an iPod
nano, Kindle Wi-Fi, or Kodak Play-sport video camera. In addition, all
winners will automatically be entered
into a grand-prize drawing for an iPad
on February 28!
Visit our special site at www.iste.org/
memberappreciation to learn more
about this month’s events, prizes, and
other special, free resources for you.
Treasures Every Day
Virtual communities offer educators
a new forum for collaboration. And
even social media novices won’t need
a treasure map to find them, because
ISTE does the legwork for you by
exploring and adopting new tools to
keep you connected. You know how
exciting it is to share great ideas with
colleagues in your district. Imagine
sharing information, best practices,
and professional development with
more than 20,000 ISTE colleagues.
Set up a profile and engage in the
conversation on one or both of ISTE’s
private Nings. The ISTE Member
Ning features year-round discussions,
groups, multimedia, and member
blogging. You can use the ISTE 2011
Conference Ning to get a jump-start
on making connections, planning activities, and learning tips to help you
make the most of your conference experience. Already a social networking
butterfly? Vibrant learning and sharing happens daily among members of
ISTE’s groups on LinkedIn, Facebook,
and Second Life. Just search for ISTE.
It’s the combination of member voices
that unlocks this valuable treasure!
Another great way to join in is to
sign up for one (or all) of ISTE’s 21
special interest groups. SIGs are communities of like-minded educators
that convene around common interests, such as teacher education, virtual
environments, or digital equity. SIGs
offer year-round professional development, opportunities to serve others,
and thought leadership to the field.
Best of all, SIGs are free with ISTE
membership. Check out www.iste.org/
sigs for more information.
Without a doubt, nothing compares
to connecting face to face at ISTE’s
annual conference and exposition—a
professional development experience
like no other. ISTE 2011 will host
17,000 attendees this year in Philadelphia, and we hope to see you there.
And That’s Not All
Of course, your membership offers
many more professional development
resources: L&L, the ISTE Learning
professional development community,
webinars, books, podcasts, conference
presentations, journals, videos on the
latest ed tech topics—the list goes on.
Senior Director of Membership Development
Director of New Media and Member Communities
Membership Program Manager
Member Communities Manager
Affiliate Program Director
Here are a few comments from
fellow members, explaining why
they think their ISTE memberships
are as good as gold:
I wouldn’t be a happy teacher if
I didn’t have ISTE in my life. It’s
been the most motivating and inspirational organization I’ve ever
been involved with, and it’s able
to feed me ideas and excitement
unlike anything else.
—Gwyneth Jones, Media Specialist
I feel like I’m literally walking
among giants of the ed tech world
here. I kind of scramble up, climb
on their shoulders, and just see
the big picture from that vantage
point. And it’s an amazing view.
You giants of the ed tech world are
the treasure. We appreciate you and
thank you for being an ISTE member!
48 Learning & Leading with Technology | February 2011