International Society for Technology in Education
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world through individual and organizational membership and support services. ISTE provides educational technology resources to support professional learning for educators and education leaders, including the ISTE Conference & Expo — a world-wide comprehensive ed tech event, and the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading with technology. ISTE also provides a robust suite of professional learning resources to members, including webinars, online courses, consulting services, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications.
Conferences & Expo
ISTE is probably best known for its annual conference (called the ISTE Conference & Expo). The annual conference serves as a forum for exploring and exchanging ideas about education technology with educators from around the world. The event attracts more than 18,000 educators and education leaders, and includes keynote speakers, hundreds of sessions, and a massive expo where vendors can show off the latest ed tech products and services. Recent conferences have been held in Philadelphia, PA (2015), Atlanta, GA (2014), San Antonio, TX (2013), and San Diego, CA (2012).
The 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo will be held in Denver, CO, June 26–29. The 2017 Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX.
Educational Technology Standards
The ISTE Standards (formerly "National Educational Technology Standards," NETS) are a framework for implementing digital strategies in education to positively impact learning, teaching and leading. Along with the standards themselves, ISTE offers information and resources to support understanding and implementation of the standards at a variety of levels. See ISTE Standards.
ISTE actively advocates for education technology at the local and national levels to advance the global transformation of education through the application of technology to education. We work with educators and policy makers at all levels to try to ensure that all learners have equal access to tools, connectivity and skills needed for success in using technology. See ISTE Advocacy.
ISTE membership is extended to individuals, affiliates (organizations, like school districts and state technology organizations), and corporate members interested in the use and application of technology in Education.
Affiliate members include organizations both internationally and in and the US. Here is a list of affiliate members (as of February, 2016):
- Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) http://dltv.vic.edu.au/
- Tasmanian Society for Information Technology in Education (TASITE) http://www.tasite.tas.edu.au/
- Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) http://acce.edu.au
- Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE) http://www.qsite.edu.au/
- Manitoba Association for Computing Educators (MANACE) http://www.manace.ca/
- Alberta Technology Leaders in Education Association (ATLE) http://www.atle.ca
- Educational Technology Council Of the Alberta Teachers' Association (ETCATA) http://etc.teachers.ab.ca/pages/home.aspx
- Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) http://ecoo.org/
- European League for Middle Level Educators (ELMLE) http://www.elmle.org/
- India Council for Integral Education (ICIE) http://www.aurosociety.org/
- State Affiliates
- There are state affiliates in the following states:
- Alabama (AETA), Alaska (ASTE), Arizona (AzTEA), California (CUE), Connecticut (CECA), Florida (FSTE & FCITL), Georgia (GLMA), Hawaii (HSTE), Illinois (ICE-IL), Indiana (AISLE & ICE-IN), Iowa (ITEC), Kansas (MACE), Kentucky (KYSTE), Maine (ACTEM), Maryland (MSET), Massachusetts (MASSCUE), Michigan (MACUL, MAME, & REMCAM), Minnesota (ITEM & TIES), Montana (MCCE), Nebraska(NETA), Nevada (CUE-NV, New Hampshire (NHSTE), New Jersey (NJASL & NJECC), New Mexico (NMSTE), New York (NYSCATE), North Carolina (NCTIES), North Dakota (NDATL), Ohio (ITIP Ohio), Oklahoma (OTA), Oregon (ACPE), Pennsylvania (PAECT), Rhode Island (RISTE), South Carolina (SCAET), South Dakota (TIE-SD & SDSTE), Tennessee (TETA), Texas (TCEA), Utah (UCET), US Virgin Islands (CCUE), Virginia (VSTE), Washington (WLMA), Wisconsin (WEMTA), and Wyoming (WYTECC).
- Multi-state Affiliates
- Mid-Western US - Kansas City Metropolitan Education Technology Network (TECHNE) http://kctechnet.org/
- New England States - New England International Society for Technology in Education (NEISTE); serving CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT http://www.neiste.org/
- Northwest US - Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE); serving OR, WA, ID, MT http://www.ncce.org/
See ISTE's affiliate directory for additional details.
ISTE Corporate Members include the following organizations. (Though most are for-profit companies, some are charitable foundations):
Apple, BrainPOP, ByteSpeed, Califone International, Cambium Learning Group, Canon U.S.A., Common Sense Media, Computer Explorers, Dell, Discovery Education, Edmentum, Ergotron, Green Hat Mexico, Insight Direct USA, Mathspace, NUITEQ, PASCO, Pearson, ProQuest, Qualcomm Education, Samsung Electronics America, Scantron, SMART Technologies, Technology Box, The Source for Learning, Turning Technologies, US Micro, Verizon Foundation, Vernier Software & Technology, and Versal.
The International Council for Computers in Education (ICCE) was founded in 1979, with David Moursand as executive officer and editor-in-chief of the organization's organ The Computing Teacher. In 1989 ICCE changed its name to the present name, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Shortly after, in 1990, The Computing Teacher was retitled Learning and Leading with Technology.
- Bob Johnstone (2003). Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers, and the Transformation of Learning. iUniverse. pp. 119–. ISBN 978-0-595-28842-7.
- Today's Education: The Journal of the National Education Association. Annual edition. The Association. 1983.