Teamwork Gets the Job Done
F rom the time the first caveman grunted to his clan to go hunting,
humans began communicating and collaborating.
Since we’re still here, we
can assume they got the
job done. Nowadays, we
can communicate and collaborate from thousands of
miles away. But sometimes
the face-to-face experience
helps us achieve our goals
like no other method can.
collaboration, our focus
for this issue, is also Stan-
dard 2 of ISTE’s NETS for
Students, which in part
calls for students to “con-
tribute to project teams to
produce original works or
solve problems.” A terrific
example of this happened
in ISTE’s Eugene, Oregon,
USA, office in November
when the ISTE 2013 con-
ference committee spent a
week putting the program
together. Because this work
happens in a low-tech way,
the staff gets to watch while
the program develops. As
the week passes, rows and
rows of index cards rep-
resenting more than 800
learning opportunities are
put up on a long wall and
arranged and rearranged
until a comprehensive pro-
gram emerges. See photos
on ISTE’s Facebook page
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—Kate Conley is ISTE’s periodicals
director and the editor of L&L. She
holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English.
Conley has worked at ISTE for
more than 13 years.
❝Professional learning communities are not just for teachers.
tech we like
Check out the useful sites the L&L team
discovered while producing this issue.
Paul Wurster is intrigued by mixed reality
activites online. Read about them on page 10.
Real World Navy Challenge:
Andra Brichacek is inspired by this real-world
STEM project described on page 18.
Diana Fingal loves this collaborative writing
community, which gives budding writers an
authentic audience. See page 32.
Activity Types Wiki:
Kate Conley likes the Learning Activity Types
wiki for its ideas for using TPACK (see page 36).
Learn why on page 40.
Dragon Dictation: tinyurl.com/bwwbach
Tam Kidd digs this app that lets students record
themselves and see their words in written form.
See this and more great apps on page 39.