Helen Padgett, president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®), summoned Colorado's legacy of exploration and encouraged educators to chart a new frontier of excellence in education in her opening address before a packed auditorium on Sunday at ISTE 2010. The conference for education professionals from around the world is being held through June 30 at the Colorado Convention Center.
A former K-12 teacher and administrator with a passion for integrating technology into education, Padgett spoke of ISTE's expanding global influence. She said the desire to ensure the future well-being of our children served as a common denominator that bridged religious, cultural and political divisions between nations.
Some of the issues Padgett covered in her speech included:
* The expansion of the ISTE's NETS standards for technology integration and student achievement across the globe
* The continued use and ongoing update of performance assessment standards for new teachers using technology
* ISTE's ongoing efforts in the realm of education advocacy
* The launch of ISTE Learning, an online learning community and professional development marketplace.
Padgett's address on Sunday included the presentation of the Outstanding Young Educator Award and the Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award and the recognition of several dedicated individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the ISTE 2010 conference.