About Indiana Connected Educators
Dear fellow Indiana Connected Educators,
I am Anastasia (Staci) Trekles, and I am the current Board President, and have been with Indiana Connected Educators since 2004. I am honored and thrilled to be working with such a terrific bunch of educators, many of whom have been friends for many years. We have amazing educators in Indiana, with many great ideas and passions. It is thrilling to know that each of the students that I work with on a daily basis at Purdue University Northwest in Westville, Indiana will become part of this awesome network when they graduate with their degrees in Teacher Education. In fact, here is a photo of me (on the right there) with two of my college students, educators who graduated with master's degrees in Instructional Technology in December of 2013. These terrific ladies will go on to lead their own students through exciting new experiences and engaging lessons in their classrooms, and some of their students may go on to great teaching careers themselves someday. I can only imagine what kinds of great technologies will be there to brighten and enlighten the minds of those future teachers!
But, we cannot capture that passion and enthusiasm for education in our young people without having it ourselves. That is why organizations like #INConectED are here, to engage educators and help them make a difference in the lives of their students. By connecting with others from around the state, we can all learn from one another, and share our experiences and lessons out there with the rest of the world. We live in an increasingly connected, collaborative, and social world, and we are here to support you in all of your goals, dreams, and visions for a better education for your students.
We know you have many responsibilities, interests, and needs, but we hope you consider becoming taking advantage of all that Indiana Connected Educators has to offer, and has had to offer for over 35 years(!), both during our annual conference in October and throughout the year. After all, membership is FREE! Through our newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets, we are sharing what we know with the rest of you all the time, and we are learning from you as well. Keep in touch and maintain your connection to your fellow educators in Indiana, and help us make education stronger, more engaging, more valuable, and more FUN for every student in our great state. You make the difference, and we wouldn't be here without you!
If you'd like more information, or have ideas to make Indiana Connected Educators an even stronger organization, feel free to reach out to us. Our social media is always open and we love hearing from you. And on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I look forward to learning from you, working with you, and teaching with you over the next few years.
Anastasia M. Trekles, Ph.D.
Board of Directors President
The Indiana Connected Educators is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, volunteer group of professionals whose mission is assisting educators to enhance learning through the use of technology. David Flowers of the Fort Wayne Community School Corporation founded this organization in 1980. In 1980, the Indiana Computer Educators, or ICE for short, was a user group of forty-three people that were interested in computers, met two or three times each year, and published a newsletter. The first ICE Conference included six hardware vendors.
Today, the Indiana Connected Educators (#INConnectED) has more than 4000 members who are K-12 educators, administrators, or higher education professionals. The #INConnectED conference is Indiana's premier educational technology conference for K-12 teachers, administrators, and school technology leaders and is the one of the largest conferences of its kind in the nation. We also work toward advocating for technology in the classroom, and are always happy to lend Indiana educators a helping hand in their efforts. We hope to see you at the next annual conference, held every October!
The Indiana Connected Educators Newsletter
Our newsletter contains interesting articles, Web resources, Conference information, tech tips, and Indiana Department of Education updates. Click below to join the list!
Indiana Connected Educators Board
There are fifteen Board members who meet six times each year. This Board is made up of technology coordinators, educators, a higher education member and two ex-offico members. Those ex-offico members include a representative from the Indiana Department of Education and the administrative assistant who coordinates all communication between the Board, Conference Committee, and membership. This Board sets the direction of the organization and plans all the events for the year.
International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE sponsors an annual conference and exposition held yearly in late June. This conference provides a forum for exchanging ideas about using computers at all grade levels and in all types of education.
ISTE supports its members by offering books, courseware, professional development services, government and legislative representation, a monthly newsletter, periodicals (including Leading and Learning With Technology), Organization Affiliates, Special Interest Groups, and other benefits.
Discounted Educator Memberships for Affiliate Members are available, which include a year's subscription to the ISTE Magazine, access to online professional development and print materials, and your choice of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), is $79. You can add research journals for an additional fee. Make sure you tell them you're a member of Indiana Connected Educators when you sign up!
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To provide for sharing and exchanging ideas, techniques, materials, and procedures to further learning through the use of technology, and to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated under the Act. As an affiliate organization to the International Society for Education (ISTE), the Corporation seeks to build cooperation within the state of Indiana by furthering the ISTE mission of providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning through the effective and meaningful use of technology. The Corporation’s chief purpose is to provide a statewide mechanism for collaboration and cooperation in pursuit of this mission.
The objective of the Indiana Connected Educators shall be:
1. To provide for sharing and exchanging ideas, techniques, materials and procedures to further learning through the use of technology.
2. To provide a statewide mechanism for collaboration and cooperation in pursuit of our mission.
Membership in Indiana Connected Educators is free! For no cost to you or your organization, you will receive a semi-quarterly online newsletter with up-to-date news about our activities, notes and opportunities from the world of educational technology, a tech tip or two, and classroom humor. Although not free (but close!), we sponsor an outstanding yearly conference with a variety of concurrent sessions, workshops, and nationally-known speakers where you can gain information, classroom techniques and tips, and interact with your Indiana peers. Click here to join the Indiana Connected Educators officially and ensure that you never miss our communications!