IÂ stumbled acrossÂ theÂ ISTEÂ (online at iste.org) yesterday …
Where have I been?Â I've been intoÂ Ed Tech for a couple years now, yet somehow the ISTE kind of slipped right past me. These folks look like they've beenÂ doing the Ed Tech thing in a pretty major wayÂ sinceÂ 1997. They claim to be the “premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and higher education”.Â
I have come across theÂ NETS (National Education Technology Standards) oftenÂ in my reading and learning about education technology, but I now understand that the ISTEÂ is the organization responsible for theseÂ excellentÂ guidelines. You may have come across diagrams based on these standards in your own work, such as the one belowÂ (this one is specific to teachers).
The ISTEÂ web site is a rich source of materials,Â learning experiences, and more, but you need to be a memberÂ ($92 for standard educators membership, $59 for retired educators) to access many of the resources.Â Among other things, membership offers:
- Webinars from many of today's top Ed Tech professionals
- A Career Center (find or post jobs)
- Access to Special Interest Groups
- Discounted Publications – Books, Periodicals, and more.
- Discounted attendance at their Annual Conference (the 2010 conference isÂ June 27-30 in Denver).
I'm thinking ofÂ joining up. If any readers are members, I'd love to hear about your experiences.Â Has the membership fee been worth it? What members-only resources do you find must useful? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!