For Immediate Release
Contact: Christine McDonald
Director of Communications
Midwest Educational Technology Community Offers First Educator Certification Training for Using Technology in the Classroom
St. Louis, MO. May 24, 2018—Today the Midwest Educational Technology Community (METC), a resource of EducationPlus, announced it has been selected by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as an ISTE Certification Authorized Provider and will begin offering professional learning workshops to deliver the first-ever certification based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. ISTE Certification for Educators is a new competency-based, vendor-neutral certification focused on digital age pedagogy and based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. This certification recognizes educators who demonstrate the effective use of technology for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.
This unique certification is designed to help PK-12 educators rethink and redesign learning activities with technology to engage students in real-world, authentic and active learning. The vendor- and device-neutral certification program focuses on the content and learning activities of the seven Educator Standards: Learner, Leader, Citizen, Collaborator, Designer, Facilitator and Analyst. Educators who complete the certification will have the opportunity to earn graduate-level credits through ISTE’s partnership with Dominican University of California.
“This certification will help guide educators to create technology lessons and activities that have real-world implications and are engaging to students,” said Dr. Paul Zeigler, Executive Director of EducationPlus. “It provides direction and consistency in teaching and learning with technology; and is entirely tied to student outcomes. Educators at all levels and content areas will benefit from this high-quality professional learning.”
ISTE has selected METC based on its proven track record in delivering high-quality professional learning focused on education and education technology use to educators. METC will begin providing ISTE Certification workshops this summer.
“ISTE is proud to be working with METC to expand the access of the ISTE Certification for Educators to states and school districts across the country,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “This new certification embodies the idea of learning first, technology second, and sets forth a nationally recognized set of expectations for educators. This is an exciting opportunity for educators who want to have their work recognized and validated, as well as for those who are ready to take their practice to the next level when it comes to using technology to support learning.”
Educators and leaders interested in learning more about ISTE Certification for Educators may visit metcedplus.org.
EducationPlus is a non-profit educational service agency that brings school districts together to share resources, information and ideas through exemplary, nationally-recognized services in educational technology, cooperative purchasing, staff development and more. The Midwest Educational Technology Community (METC), a resource of EducationPlus,is an ISTE affiliate dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion and leadership in the effective use of educational technology.
The International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE) is a non-profit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.