Grow the Conversation with ISTE SIGs
Colleen Kimball, ISTE’s member communities manager,
discusses the many opportunities and resources available
to you through special interest groups.
ISTE’s mission is to advance excel- lence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective
uses of technology. To achieve this,
we strive to provide our members
with the tools to lead the transformation of education through professional
development opportunities, publications, web resources, social media
communities, and more. While access
to such a wealth of information and
resources can be extremely beneficial,
it can sometimes seem like TMI (text
talk for “too much information”)!
When you’re searching for ways to
integrate new technologies into your
work, whether in the classroom, in
your school district, or across the
globe, it can be difficult to navigate a
direct path without a guide who understands where you’re coming from
and where you’d like to end up. That’s
where the Special Interest Group
(SIG) Program comes in!
ISTE’s SIGs ( iste.org/sigs) are groups
of educators with similar passions,
goals, and challenges. Each SIG is a
community that brings together people
with similar backgrounds, needs, and
experiences to achieve a common ob-
jective. For example, the Mobile Learn-
ing SIG’s mantra is to “grow the con-
versation.” It can be difficult to effect
change as an individual, but by working
together, the educators in SIGML can
move mountains to get more mobile
devices into classrooms and into stu-
dents’ hands. This is just one example.
With 21 SIGs focused on various areas
of education and technology, there is
sure to be one SIG (or more) that will
speak to your interests and needs.