ISTE focuses on excellence, global education

These global problems have four things in common: There exist technologically and politically feasible solutions; they would require relatively little expense (Rischard estimated 3-5 percent GDP) to fix; the problems require solutions within 20 years; and none are currently being solved.

The world’s international system prevents solutions to these problems. Rischard proposed a global issues network, which would pull experts from various industries to create solutions.

And today’s teachers are in a position to inspire students to pursue changes to these global problems.

ISTE launched and promoted several resources to encourage teacher collaboration and student excellence.

In a nod to the increasingly global society in which today’s students learn and will eventually compete, ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students will focus on global learning in the digital age.

ISTE’s Top Ten in ’10 identifies 10 essential priorities to make technology and global learning a focus in education.

Because schools have limited manpower and financial resources, ISTE is set to launch the first phase of ISTE learning, an on-demand personalized teaching resource and online learning community and professional development marketplace.

And in a reflection of how increasingly global education technology is, Padgett noted that representatives from more than 78 countries are in attendance.

Laura Ascione

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