ISTE 2018 #notatISTE


Many Kidblog teachers are getting excited to attend (or present at) the ISTE18 conference hosted in Chicago! ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is a nonprofit membership association for educators focused on educational technology. The ISTE conference is “the place where educator-tested strategies come together with proven resources for transforming learning and teaching.” The brightest minds in edtech come together to make connections and continue to network all year long.

Below we list ISTE18 presentations that will cover relevant blogging topics such as digital citizenship, promoting student’s voice, digital portfolios and more. If you’re #notAtISTE, follow us on Twitter for updates, promos, and photos from fellow Kidblog friends around the world.


Digital Citizenship + Design Thinking: Build Ideas for Your Classroom

Monday, June 25, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: W187a

Learn design thinking by building ideas to bring digital citizenship to your classroom and school. You will be immersed in leading strategies, make ideas tangible through rapid prototyping and interact with educator-designed solutions for teaching better digital citizenship. Watch for Kidblog teacher Kaitlyn Hileman, and catch her after the presentation for an interactive contest (Kidblog-Tasks)!

Promote Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 20

Centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation and independence in the elementary classroom. Certain types of centers, like podcasting or graphic design, also promote student voice through media creation. Learn to empower and showcase students’ voices through six types of dynamic centers. Lesson templates included!


Digital Portfolios in the Classroom: Showcasing and Assessing Student Work

Sunday, June 24, 12:30–3:30 pm
Location: W190b

Matt Renwick
Learn about digital portfolios and how to implement these tools for assessment. Educators will explore the different types of digital portfolios, ways to integrate them into instruction and ideas for how to use this data to drive instruction while promoting student ownership and equity.


Where All Students Love to Write: Digital Writing Strategies for Every Learner

Tuesday, June 26, 1:15–2:15 pm
Location: W196c

 Rusul Alrubail   Christopher Lehman   Kristin Ziemke
Digital creation tools, paired with best-practices for writing instruction, can unleash the writer in every student! This jam-packed session marries teaching strategies with innovative tools to build voice and authenticity. From poets to procrastinators, this session will give all students a reason to fall in love with writing.


ARTEC: Arts and Technology Across the Curriculum

Monday, June 25, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 1

Melissa Ramlow, Linny Andino, Mario Banales, Daniela Cordero, Alexander Lopez, Alexander Montes, Arleth Salgado, Natalie Vanlaningham, Valeria Vela-Chapa
Students share the ways the ARTEC grant has allowed them to engage with technology and the arts to support their learning. Students will share podcast samples, stop-motion videos and multimedia products that they used in the classroom to reflect their learning in all subjects.


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About the Author
Grace is a Marketing Manager at Kidblog. She enjoys discovering new ways to ignite the world's passion for blogging, and hearing from teachers about all the ways students are benefiting from Kidblog in and outside the classroom! Grace loves teaching painting, photographing the beautiful state of MN, and snuggling her two cats Piper and Opal.

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