Computational thinking: A digital age skill for everyone

In a rapidly changing world, today’s students will need a whole new set of skills to solve tomorrow’s problems. Computational thinking gives them the ability to recognize when and how technology can boost their own critical-thinking, creative and problem-solving skills in order to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. ISTE, CSTA and NSF collaborated on this video, which is part of a suite of free CT resources you can find at…. Watch more education-related videos on ISTE’s EdTekHub,

ISTE Expanding Video

An inspirational video about using technology to expand learning and teaching. Thank you to all the students who helped with the video: Gabrielle Lewis Samantha Day Logan Smith Ali Fanning Chris Plummer McKenzie Telfer Nathan Thiesfeld Delanie Sommers Hanna Mathews Michael Reed Brooke Hogan Mollyann Reynolds Shelby Hoiland Baylee Kuschel Kolby Moore Tessa Needham Brendan Fingal Janie Fingal Thank you to all the staff and faculty who helped with the video: Matt Ciaffoni Tom Edmundson Wendy Osburn-Rothenberger Josh Stauber Carlita Stutzman Shannon Urhansen Ray White Douglas Ellis Big thank you to the entire staff and faculty of Harrisburg High School for allowing us to shoot this video on their campus.

ISTE 2012 Wednesday Keynote: Dr. Willie Smits with Christopher Gauthier (Full-Length)

In 2010 a group of students and teachers from around the world began a collaborative project to combat one of the most urgent man-made global problems on the planet. Leveraging the power of social networking, collaborative online tools, and new pedagogies, the collaboration was chartered with proving a model by which young people could demonstrate powerful 21st century skills by taking meaningful, powerful action. Now with hundreds of thousands of students across the planet, this project is changing lives and defining what learning could be. In this session, world famous conservationist Dr. Willie Smits, and dynamic teacher Christopher Gauthier, share a truly inspiring, emotional and important story about human achievement colliding with real-world project-based learning in a time when young people have true voice in the future of the planet they will inherit. Also including remarks by ISTE Deputy CEO and Conference Chair Leslie S. Conery.

ISTE 2012 Sunday Keynote featuring Sir Ken Robinson

The ISTE 2012 Sunday Keynote featuring Sir Ken Robinson with Shawn Covell, Marc Prensky, and Mayim Bialik on the topic of “Redefining Horizons: Encouraging Students’ Passion to Achieve.” By having the courage to dig deep and expand horizons, educators can have a tremendous impact on the individual and collective learning experience of students. They can truly establish a culture and a climate that fosters a lifelong pursuit of new knowledge. Education thought leader Marc Prensky is the author of two works on digital natives and a new book about how “digital wisdom” is the next frontier in cognitive evolution. Shawn Covell is Qualcomm’s Vice President, Government Affairs and has been heavily influential in Qualcomm’s strategy for supporting 24/7 education through integrated mobile and handheld technologies. Actress Mayim Bialik is well known for her movie and television roles, most recently appearing as a regular cast member of CBS’s Big Bang Theory. What many people don’t know is that she’s also a PhD in neuroscience, a physics and chemistry teacher, an author and passionate blogger on the topics of child development and parenting, a STEM advocate, and Texas Instruments spokesperson. World-renowned creativity and innovation expert Sir Ken Robinson provides context, perspective, and moderation for the evening’s panel. ISTE President Holly Jobe provides opening remarks, along with a brief video address by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

ISTE 2012 Tuesday Keynote Featuring Yong Zhao

Dr. Yong Zhao addresses ISTE 2012 attendees on the topic of ” Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High-Quality Education.” How do you prepare students for their future when globalization and rapid technological changes make it almost impossible to predict what the future will be like? In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao shows how the current measures of education quality, such as the PISA and TIMSS, are misleading, and how the so-called high-performing education systems do not actually produce the kind of creative and entrepreneurial talents we need. He makes the case for a future-oriented education starting with each child instead of an authoritative prescription of knowledge and skills. He discusses the education necessary to prepare students to be globally competent and creative entrepreneurs. Also featuring remarks for ISTE CEO Don Knezek and a recognition of long-time ISTE staffer Anita McAnear, who retires at the end of July.