What’s on the horizon at ISTE 2018?

Here are some not-to-miss happenings at this year's ISTE conference

For almost 40 years, the ISTE Conference and Expo has brought the best and brightest in edtech front and center. This year in Chicago (June 24-27) will be no different. Whatever role you play, whether in the classroom or in administration, there are always compelling things to learn and real-world examples you can take back to your schools.

Here are some things to look for at ISTE 2018:

1. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are showing up in our classrooms and opening up a new world of possibilities for students. Picture your students being able to “hold” a human heart in their hands. And AR and VR don’t have to be expensive, according to Jaime Donally, author of Learning Transported: Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for All Classrooms (published by ISTE). See Donally’s article about easy, low-cost ways to bring AR and VR to your classroom.

2. Currently, 12 states have adopted a policy to give all high school students access to computer science (CS) courses, and more are on the way. This year, ISTE began updating the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators to establish a vision for the knowledge and skills educators need to effectively teach CS to all students across curriculum and to guide professional learning for all educators. Don’t miss your chance to provide feedback on the standards at the session on Monday, June 25. Plus, ISTE 2018 will include dozens of sessions on CS.

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