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Ed Tech Bits-2016-03-21

Dear ISTE PLN Members and the REST of the World,

We hear you - You want to connect with other educators and their classes!!

In the fall, we polled the Global Collaboration PLN members about their interests and a recurring theme was that they wanted to connect with other educators to engage in online projects. Turns out that this is an area of interest for a many educators. In answer to this need, we have initiated the Global Collaboration Partner Matching Directory that educators can use to make connections with other educators around the world. The unique thing about this directory is that it is designed to include K-12 classrooms, as well as undergraduate, graduate, and Teacher Education classes. In the past, some of us in higher ed have not had a good resource to identify and partner with other educators interested in global collaborations.

We are piloting a Google Form that feeds responses to a simple Google Spreadsheet. Users interested in advertising for a particular collaboration can enter details on the form, while others interested in browsing available collaborations can access the spreadsheet directly. PLN leadership are discussing with ISTE leadership the possibility of making this data repository a permanent feature, but for now, we are piloting a simpler version of what this ultimately could become.
You do NOT have to be a Global Collaboration PLN member.  

If you are seeking collaborators around a particular project, please enter details here:

If you would like to browse available collaborations, access the spreadsheet here:

This is just the pilot project for a full directory that we hope to launch in the fall.  Please sign-up for it and provide us your valuable feedback.

BTW, anyone who signs up here, will have their information transferred to the new directory if they so desire.


Leigh Zeitz zeitz@uni.edu
David Stoloff  stoloffd@easternct.edu
Kevin Oliver kevin_oliver@ncsu.edu


The PoLAR Partnership, Autodesk, and Games for Change (G4C) will award a prize of $10,000 USD to one winner to create a digital game that engages players to understand their role in addressing climate change. The design challenge invites game designers, educators, students, and scientists of all experience levels to propose a game that encourages diverse audiences, including (but not limited to) college students, decision makers, and lifelong learners, to understand and respond to climate change in their everyday lives.



As a reminder, SETDA is cohosting the 2016 Washington Education Technology Policy Summit with the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). This event will be held April 6-7, 2016 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. SETDA encourages you to attend and have your voices heard. If you are unable to attend, please share details about the event with your schools and districts. Please note, this event is immediately following the CoSN conference, registration details below. 

Federal education technology policies are at an important turning point with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ongoing discussions about student data privacy, and major expansion of  E-Rate. Your voice is urgently needed on Capitol Hill to ensure Congress continues this momentum. Education and technology leaders will be provided an opportunity to hold in-person discussions with key policymakers on the critical issue of advancing student learning. By providing this opportunity, the Summit will enable attendees to advance the conversation about the important role of technology in K-12 school reform and improvement and ESSA.

The two-day event will provide:

  • Advocacy Training with Education Policy Experts
  • Congressional Briefing Featuring State and District Education Technology Leaders
  • Face-to-face meetings with U.S. Representatives and Senators through scheduled Congressional visits.

Registration Options
CoSN Attendees: Register Online and Add the Policy Summit to Your Registration

Other Attendees (not attending CoSN): Register over the phone by calling LRP Customer Service at 1-800-727-1227. The customer service representative will register you over the phone for the Washington Ed Tech Policy Summit only.

Please RSVP to Jamie Brandon so that we can plan for your participation and arrange Congressional office visits.

Thank you, 

Christine Fox
Deputy Executive Director