Knezek Appointed to UNESCO Tech Board
ISTE CEO Don Knezek has been
appointed to the 11-member governing
board of UNESCO’s Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE),
located in Moscow, Russia Federation. He
was appointed by the director-general of
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
IITE provides countries with expert
and technical support in the realm of
educational technology, supports educational planning and policy implementation as it relates to information communication technology in education, and
develops course and training materials
for educators at all levels.
Free Webinar Archive Now Available
ISTE members can now download a
free webinar about cloud computing.
Mike Silverton from Cilaire Elementary School in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, presents tips and tricks for
introducing collaborative teaching using
cloud-based online tools, such as Moodle
and Twitter. Viewers will learn how to
build a personal learning network, create
online literature circles, develop collaborative projects with wikis, and support
curriculum with interactive games.
The archived webinar was a joint project
between ISTE and HP. View the webinar
ISTE Launches Online PD Courses
ISTE has launched several online
professional development courses,
all of which embed the NETS.
• The NETS Leadership Academy
is a series of three six-week facilitated courses introducing eductors
to the NETS and explaining how
to bring them into the classroom.
• Edutrek: Project Based Learning is
a series of three six-week courses
that aim to teach educators how
to design and implement project-based learning experiences.
• Digital Storytelling is a facilitated
eight-week course on creating
• Universal Design for Learning is
a six-week course that will help
teachers differentiate instruction
for their students.
In addition to the facilitated courses, ISTE is offering self-paced courses
on digital citizenship, project-based
learning, and web 2.0.
For more information, visit
Newest ISTE Affiliate Is in Philippines
The Coalition for Better Education
(CBE), based in Cebu City, Philippines, is ISTE’s newest affiliate. CBE
is made up of members representing
students, parents, governments, educational institutions, nongovermental
organizations, and businesses. Its mission is to create empowered learning
Affiliates are like-minded organizations around the world that advance
the ISTE mission in local, regional,
national, and global arenas. There
are 78 ISTE affiliates in five countries.
ISTE Awards Deadline Approaches
If you haven’t yet nominated yourself
or someone you admire for an ISTE
award, time is running out. Nominations close March 1.
Each year ISTE recognizes outstanding individuals who, through
their exceptional work and achievements, have made a significant
impact on the field of educational
technology. These nine prestigious
awards strive for the highest degree
of excellence in several categories,
and winners are recognized each
year at ISTE’s annual conference
Award winners receive complimentary ISTE standard memberships,
registrations for ISTE 2012
in San Diego, and other prizes, which may
include travel stipends
and cash awards. For
more information, go
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