International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Institution title : International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Institution place : Pakistan
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in the use of technology in education. ISTE provides educational technology resources to support professional learning for educators and education leaders, including the ISTE Conference & Expo—an ed tech event, and the ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading with technology. ISTE also provides a suite of professional learning resources to members, including webinars, online courses, consulting services, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications.
In 2019, ISTE acquired EdSurge, a for-profit news organization, which focuses on technology and education, and converted it to a non-profit
ISTE is known for hosting a variety of events related to innovation in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The annual conference (called the ISTE Conference & Expo) serves as a forum for exploring and exchanging ideas about education technology with educators from around the world. The event attracts more than 24,000 educators and education leaders. Recent conferences have been held in Philadelphia, PA (2019), Chicago, IL (2018), and San Antonio, TX (2017). In 2020 the ISTE Conference was scheduled to be held in Anaheim, CA but will be held virtually as a result of COVID-19.
ISTE events include the No Fear Coding Lab held in Detroit in October 2018; the Creative Constructor Lab held in Seattle in November 2018; and the Digital Leadership Summit held in Santa Clara, California, in January 2019.
The ISTE Standards (formerly "National Educational Technology Standards", NETS) are a framework for implementing digital strategies in education to positively impact learning, teaching and leading. Along with the standards themselves, ISTE offers information and resources to support understanding and implementation of the standards at a variety of levels.
In November 2019, ISTE announced the acquisition of EdSurge in a pairing of events and news-focused education technology organizations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CEO Richard Culatta stated that its investors will not receive a return on their investment. EdSurge continues to operate as an independent news organization focusing on reporting around innovation in elementary/secondary education, higher education, and the education industry.
ISTE also publishes books focused on innovation in education, with titles on topics such as sketchnoting, blended learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented and virtual realities. In addition ISTE publishes two peer-reviewed journals: 1) the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE), and the 2) Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education (JDLTE). Both JRTE and JDLTE are currently published by Taylor & Francis. In 2018, JRTE published its 50th volume. JRTE is published quarterly with an acceptance rate at approximately 17%.
STE provides professional development opportunities on a range of educational topics, including digital citizenship, computational thinking, artificial intelligence, and online teaching. The organization offers professional learning for a wide variety of educator roles, including ed tech coaches, library media specialists, and classroom educators and school leaders. In June 2020, ISTE launched a Summer Learning Academy to prepare teachers to be effective at teaching online as many districts canceled face to face instruction as a result of COVID-19.
The International Council for Computers in Education (ICCE) was founded in 1979, with David Moursund as executive officer and editor-in-chief of the organization's organ The Computing Teacher. In 1989 ICCE changed its name to the present name, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Shortly after, in 1990, The Computing Teacher was retitled Learning and Leading with Technology.