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Marc Hunt's advice to become a Certified ISTE Educator

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

Marc Hunt is a Video Production and Recording Arts Instructor from Harkness. Marc had the opportunity to attend this professional conference with funding provided by the EPEA Education Committee.

On November 29th and 30th I attended a face-to-face training at the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Erie 2 BOCES in Fredonia, NY.

The training was sponsored by NYSCATE and titled ISTE Certification for Educators with the purpose of beginning the certification process for attendees. “ISTE is focused on pedagogy, not tools. It’s not about Ed Tech per se, it’s about what you do with the tech to transform learning and improve student outcomes. ISTE Certification helps build a teacher’s professional profile and provides a digital credential to demonstrate mastery and earn recognition for his or her work in using technology to transform learning. ISTE Certification provides education leaders with a way to identify a school or district’s educators who are leading the way with digital age teaching practices. The certification also provides a vendor neutral EdTech credential that can be used in staff hiring decisions. Through the ISTE Certification process, educators will participate in an eight-week blended learning cohort based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the blended learning course, participants will have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competencybased portfolio to earn ISTE Certification. Content will be taught in the following four modules: Designing for Diversity; Personalized Learning & Alternative Assessments; Digital Learning Environments: Design Thinking & Computational Thinking; The New Digital Citizenship."

The two-day face to face portion focused on “unpacking” each of the standards and discussing the SAMR and TPACK models of integrating educational technology. Activities consisted of working in small groups throughout the day and large group discussions. The first day covered introductions and Empowered Learner, Global Collaborator, and the Digital Citizen standards for students. The second day focused on Creative Communicator, Knowledge Constructor, Computational Thinker, and Innovative Designer standards for students. The facilitator even provided an activity designed by ISTE where each standard was illustrated with a yoga pose. The training also addressed ISTE standards for Educators and explained the online portion of the training.

The online portion of the training consisted of four (4) modules: Designing for Diversity, Personalized Learning and Alternative Assessments, Digital Learning Environments – Design Thinking and Computational Thinking, and The New Digital Citizenship. The modules had different learning experiences and activities required to complete (videos, online discussions, artifacts to submit, etc.). The modules were spread out over a two-week period and the facilitator was very helpful throughout the process. The online portion needed to be complete before you could be moved into the portfolio process which is due in August for our group. I am looking forward to aligning the ISTE standards to my CTE program over the summer and completing the portfolio to become a Certified ISTE Educator.

Please contact me of you would like further information or if you would also like to become a certified ISTE Educator. Marc Hunt, Video Production & Recording Arts Instructor, Harkness Career Center.


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