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Educators Don Goble (Ladue) and Bill Bass (Parkway) has been honored with the coveted Making IT Happen award for their contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which METC is an affiliate.

The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.

“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”

Don Goble, MIH Teacher Winner, cropped

Don Goble

Don Goble is an award-winning Broadcast Technology, Film and Multimedia Instructor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He has spent countless hours teaching students and peers how to effectively utilize multi-media and appreciate media literacy. Don speaks nationally, offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video into the classroom. Mr. Goble advocates for technology and digital media in the classroom by blogging for national education publications, offering professional development to staff and schools all over the country, and by serving as a media creator himself. Mr. Goble was a part of the 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator class and named the Journalism Education Association 2015 Broadcast Adviser of the Year. Besides keynote presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, Ignite talks, TED Talks, and a multitude of professional development, Don supports the METC ISTE Affiliate through coordinating the METC Student eNews Bureau and news / media coverage of the Gateway2Change, a Student Summit on Race.


Bill Bass, MIH Leader Winner

Bill Bass

In the Parkway School District, Bill Bass leads professional development opportunities for teachers including a number of technology academies and classes. He has taken those classes and created systemic opportunities for teachers to learn on their own time through virtual classes. He helped to create the EdTech master’s program at Missouri Baptist University where he serves as an adjunct professor. Bill is a regular speaker at local and national conferences, serves on the METC Advisory Committee, and helps to organize the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. In all his work, Bill seeks to empower teachers so that they are comfortable and confident in their ability to use the tools in the classroom. Bill’s influence goes far beyond Missouri as he is the President of the ISTE Innovative Learning PLN, has written two books and numerous chapters and articles highlighting and advocating for the use of technology for students.


Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success:

  1. Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
  2. Move forward and don’t look back
  3. See students as real people
  4. Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
  5. Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
  6. Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
  7. Expect success
  8. Motivate through awareness and access to information

Both educators join a prestigious group of Making IT Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, superintendents, corporate executives, legislators, governors, and more.  

About Making IT Happen

Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

For more information, media only:
Jodie Pozo-Olano, Chief Communications Officer, 804-986-6911,

Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-278-2800,

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The results of the 2015 Board of Directors election are in, and ISTE is pleased to welcome new board member, Bill Bass, as well as two returning members, Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. They will start their three-year terms Jan. 1.

Bill is the innovation coordinator for instructional technology and library media at Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri. He’s also an adjunct professor of education at Missouri Baptist University.

Mila Thomas Fuller, Ed.D, Dr. Mila Fuller, deputy executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English, will be representing ISTE at METC 2016. She will also be presenting two sessions: Supporting Student Writers through the Use of Digital Organizers and Evaluating Digital Tools for Use in the Classroom.

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is CEO of Powerful Learning Practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant.

Dr. Matt Harris will become the new chair and Dr. Kecia Ray will become past chair effective Jan. 1.

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Did you know that a full video production studio already resides within the iPad? Be a part of this preconference workshop, Become a Citizen Journalist, to learn how to guide your students on becoming citizen journalists.

The presenter of this workshop, Don Goble, a multimedia instructor at Ladue School District, was named the 2015 National Broadcast Adviser of the Year by The Journalism Education Association. His students have also won multiple awards for their journalism and you may have seen them at METC 2014 and 2015 as part of the METC eNews Student Journalism team.

This preconference workshop will be on February 8, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Make sure to register by December 16 to receive the early bird rate!

The video below is for the iBook Interview an Expert that is included in the iTunes U course, Become a Citizen Journalist, which will be used as part of the workshop on February 8.

Register Today!

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Curious about 3D printing and it’s potential in K-12 classrooms, libraries or design spaces but have no experience? Are you intimidated by the techy stuff? These presenters are here to help! Three educators, including one of the 2016 Midwest Spotlight Educators, from Affton School District and Union R-XI School District, will introduce you to 3D printing and how it can be used in the classroom. Check out the Animoto they created!

3D Printing

This preconference workshop will be on February 8, 2016, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Make sure to register by December 16 to receive the early bird rate!

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You can now place your preorder for METC Book Store items! Preorders are available for pickup during METC on Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10 at the Book Store.

This year we have four books by keynote and featured speakers. These can sell out so make sure to reserve your copy! George Couros, Rafranz Davis and Kristen Swanson will also have book signings during the conference.

As an ISTE affiliate, METC is also able to offer ISTE books at special discounted prices! We have many to choice from this year but there will be limited copies at the conference. See the entire list of these great resources available for sale on the Book Store page.

George Couros, Tuesday Keynote Speaker


Rafranz Davis, Wednesday Keynote Speaker


Kristen Swanson, Featured Speaker, Tuesday & Wednesday, February 9 & 10

Place Your Preorder

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Get students engaged with Minecraft! This free 3D sandbox game can be played on multiple platforms, devices and used in just about any curricular area. Register by December 16 to receive the early bird rate.

This METC preconference workshop will be on February 8, 2016, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Check out the video that presenter (and Making IT Happen award winner) Andy Wall created for his preconference workshop!


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Nikki is a veteran educator, librarian and Instructional Technology Facilitator for James Clemens High School in Madison,

Nikki Robertson @NikkiDRobertson

Nikki Robertson @NikkiDRobertson

Alabama. She is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens.

As a featured speaker at METC 2016, Nikki will be presenting a three-hour preconference workshop on Monday, February 8, as well as breakout sessions on February 9 and 10. On Wednesday February 10 she will be the keynote speaker for the Library and Media Literacy Luncheon.

Nikki is the co founder of EdCamp Atlanta, a free “un-conference” committed to reaching educators in public, private, charter, and higher ed environments to share innovative instructional strategies and pioneering technologies that transform education for all students.

She co moderates the #TLChat LIVE! Twitter Sessions the 2nd Monday of each month, which provide a forum for school librarians to discuss current teacher-library topics. Nikki also produces and co-anchors TL News Night, a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts.

Her latest endeavor is organizing the Google Hangouts for Education website which is a place where teachers with their students can connect, learn, share and grow together as a community using Google Hangouts on Air.

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