July 3, 2015

ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders

Cathy Knutson, media specialist at Oak Hills Elementary School in Lakeville, MN, won the Librarians Network Primary Award, with Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. taking the Librarians Network Secondary Award.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators


Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

LaGarde's opening slide.

Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

Limitless Learning: Empowering Students to Build Big | ISTE 2013

Michelle Cordy presenting "Hack the Classroom," an Ignite session at ISTE 2013.
Photo by Scott McLeod http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcleod

The central theme of year’s lively ISTE conference encouraged educators to take away limits that hinder their students’ learning, and let students build something that matters.

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as “Defenders of Wisdom,” and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013

Gwyneth Jones, Shannon Miller, and Michelle Luhtala at the SIGMS Forum, ISTE 2013.

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in San Antonio from June 23-26 offered unique opportunities for educators to interact, learn about the latest ed tech resources, and hear new ideas from education leaders. At a conference this size, it’s impossible to see and do it all, but here are some highlights that librarians can take back to their schools in the fall.

Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation Honored at ISTE

Left to right: Earth Pals collaborators Gretchen Welk, Matthew Winner, and Sherry Gick, along with their friend Nick Provenzano (aka The Nerdy Teacher).

An exploration of New Orleans’s hurricane-ravaged Ninth Ward and a student-driven study on how to conserve energy in a school are the winners of this year’s SIGMS Technology Innovation Awards bestowed at ISTE, the annual ed-tech conference held in San Antonio, TX, June 23–26.

Choices, Choices… For the Tech-Minded, ISTE May Be More Useful Than ALA

Illustration by John Corbitt.

ALA is the most obvious go-to conference, but for the tech-minded, ISTE may be more useful. School Library Journal contributor Sarah Bayliss examines the options.

ISTE Calls on Obama to Support Broadband for Education


The International Society for Technology in Education has initiated an online petition urging the White House to take action to invest in school broadband connectivity to bridge the digital divide in education.

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding


The E-Rate program, which is responsible for the funds dedicated to connecting schools and libraries to the Internet, is unable to keep up with high demand., and schools’ needs are only becoming more urgent with the advent of the Common Core Standards.

ISTE 2012 | ALA Annual: Candid Thoughts on Change, the FCC Digital Literacy Plan, and Advocacy

Wendy Stephens, Cathy Jo Nelson, and Bobbi Newman

In a challenging economy, ISTE and ALA grapple with advocating for their school librarian, media specialist membership and then there’s the hot-button issue of digital literacy.