The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) emphasized the importance of advocacy at ISTE 2010, which came to a close on Wednesday.
In a Tuesday keynote, ISTE CEO Don Knezek thanked ISTE members for advocating on behalf of ed tech and referenced some recent advocacy efforts. Those efforts included a Tweeting for Education Technology campaign that sent 1,600 messages to Congress, an ISTE Advocacy YouTube Channel and the campaign "ISTE's Top Ten in '10," education priorities.
Ed tech supporters made their voices heard in other ways at ISTE 2010. An advocacy wiki provides an online portal for educators to share their stories with policymakers, and visitors to the Advocacy Lounge and Ed Tech Action Network, wrote 1,400 letters to members of Congress urging them to support dedicated funding for education technology.