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Heartland AEA Tech Director Shares Trends from International Tech Conference

June 30, 2016

Lance Wilhelm

Lance Wilhelm, Heartland AEA Director of Technology, is blogging about the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Follow along with Lance while he brings you news, trends and analysis!

ISTE is off to an impressive start!

→Opening keynoter Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and futurist, gave an entertaining presentation about how science fiction continues to become everyday reality. He noted that amazing changes are just around the corner and even amazing things might be coming in the next generation. Visit Kaku’s website, as it may help inspire you to prepare your students for careers in STEM fields.

There are many sessions and lots of discussion about personalized and customized learning. Details of an interesting grant-funded project from South Dakota can be found on the Customized U website.

The refreshed ISTE student standards are now available. It’s interesting to see digital citizenship, which was minimally included in the first set of ISTE standards, is now second on the list! These standards have become less focused on discrete skills and more focused on developing lifelong, empowered users.

Here are some great free online simulations in the areas of physics, chemistry, earth science, biology and math. These work on any browser and are available for free due to some grant funding at the University of Colorado.

Another hot topic at the conference is learning space design. Take a few minutes to view the Innovative Learning Spaces + 1:1 Technology = Powerful Learning presentation by Matt Lee and Bob Goeman, our friends from Nebraska!

No trip to ISTE would be complete without some learning from Doug Johnson, well-known media/tech guru from Minnesota. Here is his presentation on the librarian’s role in 1:1 programs.

Here’s a great product to look for this fall -- The Wave, which turns any flat screen TV into a touchscreen. How cool is that? The Wave will ship in September, and you can pre-order it for $199.

An established product -- Symbaloo -- has added a great new feature called lesson plans! It allows you to set up a sequence of links that students can follow in a logical order, using the Symbaloo interface.

We’re having some great debates in education about the merits of cursive, so I thought I’d throw one more log on that fire -- sketchnoting!

Stay tuned for more from ISTE 2016!

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