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International Society for Technology in Education

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in the use of technology in education. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world through individual and organizational membership and support services. ISTE provides educational technology resources to support professional learning for educators and education leaders, including the ISTE Conference & Expo—a worldwide comprehensive ed tech event, and the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading with technology. ISTE also provides a suite of professional learning resources to members, including webinars, online courses, consulting services, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications.

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE logo.jpg
Formation1979; 40 years ago (1979)
FounderDavid Moursund and a group of K-12 and University of Oregon educators
Type501(c)(3) non-profit
PurposeEducation, Membership organization
HeadquartersWashington, DC, United States
Area served
Key people
Bill Bass, president
Richard Culatta, CEO
Formerly called
International Council for Computers in Education


Conferences & ExpoEdit

Picture of the Startup Pavilion at the ISTE Conference

ISTE is known for hosting a variety of events related to innovation in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The annual conference (called the ISTE Conference & Expo) serves as a forum for exploring and exchanging ideas about education technology with educators from around the world. The event attracts more than 24,000 educators and education leaders, and includes keynote speakers, hundreds of sessions, and a massive expo where vendors can show off the latest ed tech products and services. Recent conferences have been held in Chicago, IL (2018), San Antonio, TX (2017), Denver, CO (2016) Philadelphia, PA (2015) and Atlanta, GA (2014).

The 2019 conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23–26, 2019. See ISTE Conference 2019 for more information. The 2020 conference will be held in Anaheim, CA.

Other ISTE EventsEdit

ISTE expanded its in-person events in 2018, adding two new events to provide more hands-on, intimate learning for educators and educational leaders. ISTE events include the No Fear Coding Lab held in Detroit in October 2018; the Creative Constructor Lab held in Seattle in November 2018; and the Digital Leadership Summit held in Santa Clara, California, in January 2019.

Educational Technology StandardsEdit

The ISTE Standards (formerly "National Educational Technology Standards", NETS) are a framework for implementing digital strategies in education to positively impact learning, teaching and leading. Along with the standards themselves, ISTE offers information and resources to support understanding and implementation of the standards at a variety of levels. See ISTE Standards.

ISTE AdvocacyEdit

ISTE actively advocates for education technology at the local and national levels to advance the global transformation of education through the application of technology to education. We work with educators and policy makers at all levels to try to ensure that all learners have equal access to tools, connectivity and skills needed for success in using technology. See ISTE Advocacy.

ISTE Books and JournalsEdit

ISTE also publishes books focused on technology in education, with titles on topics such as coding, artificial intelligence, digital citizenship, project-based learning, and augmented and virtual realities. At the end of 2018, ISTE’s top-selling book was Learning First, Technology Second. See ISTE Resources. In addition ISTE publishes two peer-reviewed journals: 1) the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE), and the 2) Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education (JDLTE). Both JRTE and JDLTE are currently published by Taylor & Francis. In 2018, JRTE published its 50th volume and welcomed the new editorial team: Albert D. Ritzhaupt and Kara Dawson from the University of Florida. JRTE is published quarterly with an acceptance rate at approximately 17%.

Professional LearningEdit

ISTE provides teacher professional development and resources on educational technology topics, including digital citizenship, STEM, computer science/computational thinking, artificial intelligence, and global collaboration. The organization offers professional learning for a wide variety of educator roles, including ed tech coaches, library media specialists, and classroom educators and specialists.

ISTE U offers a set of instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics to keep educators up to speed on digital skills necessary for preparing students and ensuring an engaging and equitable learning environment. See ISTE U.

The ISTE Certification for Educators credential is a competency-based, vendor-neutral teacher certification based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. It recognizes educators who use ed tech for learning effectively. The process to obtain this credential has three parts: a two-day, in-person training workshop, a five- to eight-week online course (led by a professional development facilitator and with a cohort), and a final submission of a portfolio of artifacts to ISTE for review and evaluation. The certification program is delivered through ISTE-selected Certification Authorized Providers across the world. See ISTE Certification for Educators.

Grant WorkEdit

ISTE collaborates with education organizations in several ways, including grants. ISTE’s grant work includes developing professional learning programs that incorporate educational technology best practices across various topics. Current ISTE grant programs include a learning science initiative (2018–2019) funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, an artificial intelligence explorations program (2018–2019) funded by GM, an educational technology initiative focused on retail and workforce development funded by Walmart, a 2018 open education resources initiative funded by Hewlett Foundation, and a collaboration on future-ready librarianship funded by Follet.


ISTE membership is extended to individuals, affiliates (organizations, like school districts and state technology organizations), and corporate members interested in the use and application of technology in Education.

Corporate MembersEdit

In addition to an individual membership of over 20,000, ISTE has several corporate members. See ISTE Corporate Members.


The International Council for Computers in Education (ICCE) was founded in 1979, with David Moursund as executive officer and editor-in-chief of the organization's organ The Computing Teacher.[1] In 1989 ICCE changed its name to the present name, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Shortly after, in 1990, The Computing Teacher was retitled Learning and Leading with Technology.[2]


  1. ^ Bob Johnstone (2003). Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers, and the Transformation of Learning. iUniverse. pp. 119–. ISBN 978-0-595-28842-7.
  2. ^ Today's Education: The Journal of the National Education Association. Annual edition. The Association. 1983.

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