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    Mlle L, drmah, joseph rainmound, slatsg

    ISTE is the International Society for Technology IN Education. It is not focused on my discipline of engineering/technology education, which is a distinct curriculum in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) world. Technology in education is

    ...the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.
    while the technology education discipline is represented by the International Technology and Engineering Education Association, ITEEA, which  
    is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators.  Our mission is to promote technological literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering
    From my angle, ITEEA conferences have tons of classroom teachers while my awareness of ISTE indicates those attendees are more likely to be administrators (and central office staff at that) and media specialists (librarians), with some classroom teachers.
    Therefore I expect you would find more complacency and acceptance at an ISTE conference than one might discover among the gnarled and wizened at an ITEEA conference who aren't shy about letting each other know that BS is BS. ITEEA doesn't invite (as far as I know) educational philosophers, rather astronauts and inventors give key note addresses.
    But enough of that, I still concur that most teachers believe Stockholm to be a safe place for their career. They accept doing "one more thing" because "it's for the children". My fellow teachers look at me strangely when I argue that funding indicates importance, if the school system/state is not going to pay for it, then it is not valued.  Performing that task without adequate funding permits the system to abdicate its responsibility while maintaining its pressure on educators.  I also make sure my students know they should have their parents complain when something they deserve/need is no longer going to occur due to "the administration", because I have already informed my chair that "it" is broke and pressure must also come from the public to help.
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      Noted and corrected.

      I also agree, and was not surpised to see non-push-back from attendees of ISTE.  Quasi-teachers/technology specialists often are not the most active.

      I thought Mr. Spencer's blog and questions were a good place to "JUMP OFF"

      Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number. ~Author Unknown

      by iTeachQ on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 02:28:44 PM PDT

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