Interested in technology adoption in the classroom?
So were the nearly 21,000 attendees and exhibitors from 76 countries who gathered to exchange ideas and present products when the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) held its annual Conference and Expo at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 28 through July 1.
The sprawling show floor hosted a wide variety of technology solutions, including: presentation technologies, learning software, classroom learning management solutions, and administrative tools to help with teacher professional development.
This year’s conference focused heavily on the theme of “Connected learning. Connected world.” Many of the solutions presented certainly were in keeping with this theme, but not in the traditional distance learning model. Instead, the approach taken is to provide schools, teachers, and administrators with content management, assessment, and learning tools that exist in the form of cloud solutions.
Aside from cloud-based solutions, suppliers also introduced teachers to presentation methods that coincide with the trends of the education world, namely supporting a flipped classroom or collaborative learning environment.
If your school is looking to support this style of learning, there are plenty of hardware and software options available in the marketplace to achieve this mission. One approach is to use Dreambox Learning’s mathematics gaming solution to challenge students’ critical thinking and understanding of mathematics concepts.
Another approach can be found in Epson’s Moderator software, which works wirelessly with their latest round of interactive projectors, allowing for two-way interaction with projected images between a student’s mobile device and the display.
Many of the solutions shown on the floor went beyond the actual medium of the teaching method, but instead supported those methods through accessories. Bretford’s TechGuard Lockers provides a secure storage solution for student devices with built-in power in each of the storage units.
Prowise mobile stands and mounts support multiple adjustable positions for interactive displays so that they can serve as a presentation tool and then be tilted 90 degrees to serve as an interactive table.
ISTE showed attendees at this year’s conference that they are the leading experts on the emerging technology-empowered tools and methods to support pedagogy in the K-12 classroom.
As technology decision-makers, our readers should prioritize this conference each year to keep on top of the latest solutions available to them to further the mission of their institutions.
For those that could not attend, K-12TD was there to bring you this review of the most innovative solutions presented this year. Watch our slideshow for can’t miss products.
Michael Shinn is operations manager for IMS Technology Services, a Pa.-based integration firm. He’s a contributor for K-12TechDecisions.
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