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5 More Lessons from ISTE

Beyond the many specific lessons educators took back with them from #ISTE2015, I observed the following big-picture trends that indicated some major shifts in thinking in K-12 edtech:

• Sessions on tools are lame and should be avoided. The days of telling people where to click in sessions are no longer valuable. There are YouTube videos for that now. Show me what you are doing with it and how it impacts instruction. Even better, show me what your students are doing with it. Have your students come tell me about it--in person, virtually, or on video.

We are entering the age of the instructional coach. Schools are finally figuring out that tools are only good if your teachers are using them effectively. Coaching will be an area where we invest a lot of time and energy over the next 5 years. Tools to help with coaching are starting to heat up too.

Stories are gathering importance. Yes, testing is here to stay, but leaders and communities want to hear how you and your school are making a…