Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ISTE update

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and higher education. ISTE is the Professional Development provider for the ISTE Institute, the HP Innovations in education grant initiative and other educational training services. ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in education. Workshops provided by ISTE help to make teachers aware that technology is a tool to support the learning experience. It's not about learning 'computers'.

HP and ISTE are collaborating to launch a new grant program, the HP Innovations in Education (HP IIE) Grant Program “Re-imagining the Classroom". This partnership builds on six years of successful collaboration between our two organizations in supporting HP grants in the US and Canada. They are now expanding the work to a global level by seeking experienced educators with a proven track record of improving instruction and student learning through technology integration to serve as mentors for HP grantees.

If a school is selected for the grant, HP provides 32 workstations. ISTE's role as mentor is to help the school to integrate the PC as a tool for learning.

Kodaikanal International School with the approval of the ICIE Executive Committee, has become the “pioneer and lead agency” of this new grant program. KIS has identified 3 mentors from their faculty who were sent for training at the ITSE workshops in August 2009. They also attended the India conference called for and paid for by HP in September. The three mentors from KIS are Rudy Wuthrich (ISM), Ranjan Biswas (senior maths teacher) and Anuranjan Shand (HOD Science). It is our hope that this initiative will help better facilitate the integration of technology in the learning process.