ISTE 2016* and a Simple Challenge

(*International Society for Technology Education)

As I reflect on the experience of attending ISTE 2016 in Denver, CO, I am struck by the marvelous opportunities we have as educators to engage our students and facilitate their diverse needs and abilities in ways that have never before been possible.  While there are countless tools and resources that are awaiting your discovery, there is a far greater pressing message I feel compelled to share.  I want to challenge each of you to take ownership of your professional development.  Where you are weak, seek knowledge.  Where you are strong, share knowledge.  Become an active part of your school and conference professional development community.  If one doesn’t presently exist, start one!  We need to grow and learn from one another.  Don’t be bound by the intimidation and fear of not “having all the answers”. It is truly an exciting time to be an educator, as resources and opportunities abound!

As we educate for a greater cause, it is my hope and prayer that each of us authentically seeks to offer the very best to our students, to their families, and to our communities, and that through the challenges you may face in the process, you will grow and be richly blessed.

May you have courage for the journey, a vision of a better tomorrow, and be blessed for your efforts!



Aaron Long

Technology Mentor, Texas Conference

From the Tech Side

Aaron Long

Technology Mentor

dates that matter

August 1

Online store opens for Subscription Technology Resources

September 16

Online store closes

October 1

NEW subscriptions begin (Renewals don’t have a break in service.)

3 weeks after 1st day

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august 6-9

2018 NAD National Teachers Convention


helpful links

Britannica School Resources

Encyclopedia: Three levels of access including EBSCO journals

ImageQuest: Millions of rights-cleared images

eBooks: PK-12 non-fiction books


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ISTE resources

Project Based Learning

As project based learning (PBL) has grown tremendously in popularity over the past few years, there are countless resources to make your journey into learning about PBL and facilitating it in your classroom much more streamlined. Here are a few resources to get you started.  Here is a link to a short video introducing PBL.

Additional Resources

Find more ISTE Resources in this ISTE Resources document including resources for:

  • Project Based Learning Resources
  • Badging Resources
  • Professional Development Resources

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Archie Harris

vice president
for education,

Summer 2016