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K12 edtech training expands

PD OPPORTUNITIES—Educators improve their competency on digital citizenship, active learning and other subjects linked to ISTE’s educator standards.
PD OPPORTUNITIES—Educators improve their competency on digital citizenship, active learning and other subjects linked to ISTE’s educator standards.

A new wave of professional development partnerships will double the capacity of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to offer its Certification for Educators edtech training to teachers in person and online.

Some of the newest certification providers include Illinois Computing Educators, New Jersey’s Eduscape, Wisconsin’s Cooperative Educational Service Agency 2, Ohio’s Butler County Educational Service Center, Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 and Massachusetts’ Collaborative for Educational Services.

“Our certification is not product- or vendor-focused, but rather about the principles of using technology effectively,” ISTE CEO Richard Culatta says.

PD topics include digital citizenship, designing for diversity, active learning, collaboration, program analysis and other subjects linked to ISTE’s Standards for Educators.


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Following the training, educators have six months to compile a portfolio to earn ISTE certification and graduate-level credits.

Nearly 300 teachers had participated as of October 2018.


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“By understanding the how, where and why they need technology, educators can conceptually choose the right tools that align to their school’s needs, special populations and lesson contexts,” says Culatta.

“To not waste time, money and resources, we need educators who can quickly see if something is working for students.”