Dear fellow ICE members,
I am Anastasia (Staci) Trekles, and I am the new ICE President for 2014-2016. I am entering my sixth year as a board member with ICE, and have been volunteering at the conference 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 just 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 ICE 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 ICE is 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 ICE 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 ICE 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 ICE 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.
ICE Board of Directors President
The Indiana Connected Educators (ICE - formerly Indiana Computer 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, ICE 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.
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Today, ICE has more than 4000 members who are K-12 educators, administrators, or higher education professionals. The ICE 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 ICE Conference, held every October!
The ICE Newsletter
The ICE newsletter contains interesting articles, Web resources, Conference information, tech tips, and Indiana Department of Education updates. It is e-mailed about twice per month to about 2000 people, mostly teachers, who support ICE's goals. You may contact ICE at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to be added to the mailing list.
There are fifteen ICE 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 ICE 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 (formerly known as the National Education Computing Conference) 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.
The cost for Standard Membership for an Affiliate Member for one year, which includes a year's subscription to Learning & Leading with Technology and your choice of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), is $79. You can add research journals for an additional fee. The one-year Premium Membership for an Affiliate Member, which includes ALL periodicals, Webinar archives, and your choice of Special Interest Groups, is $179. For more information or to obtain an ISTE catalog, call 1-800-336-5191, check the Web site at www.iste.org
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 (hereinafter referred to as ICE) 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 ICE is free! For no cost to you or your organization, you will receive a newsletter or two per month with up-to-date news about ICE and our activities, notes and opportunities from the world of educational technology, a tech tip or two, and classroom humor. You also will have access to the ICE Member's listserv where you can post questions and respond to your peers about using classoom technology. Although not free, we sponsor a 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 ICE officially and ensure that you never miss our communications!