ISTE Volunteer Newsletter
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION NOV 2008
Welcome to the November issue of ISTE’s Call to Volunteer bulletin. During this season of thanks, we can’t express enough how much we appreciate the support, creativity, and expertise our volunteers bestow upon ISTE and its members throughout the year. ISTE volunteers support so many aspects of the organization—authoring articles, leading special interest groups and social networks, creating professional development opportunities, reviewing conference sessions, and mentoring fellow educators. We know they can’t possibly hear it enough, so please join us in giving them a big “thanks!”
If you’re not already volunteering for ISTE, we hope you’ll consider ways to get involved. Read on for additional volunteer opportunities, information, and highlights.
You might wonder, “Why should I volunteer for ISTE”? Volunteering can be a rewarding way to share your skills and give back to the educational community. Our volunteers and volunteer leaders are motivated by a variety of factors—from building their professional networks and leadership skills to furthering ISTE’s educational mission. The best volunteer relationships are equitable exchanges in which volunteers gain as much as they contribute, and we keep that in mind when creating new volunteer opportunities.
How does ISTE’s volunteer program work? Simply complete our Volunteer Intake Survey and let us know the kinds of opportunities you’re interested in pursuing. Completing our intake form will add you to our volunteer listserve and will ensure that you’re among the first members alerted to available opportunities and how to get involved. Our volunteer coordinator, Terra Sieberman, will follow up shortly with available volunteer roles, connecting you to opportunities for networking with peers, building skills, and engaging with ISTE. Keep an eye out for these communications from her in your inbox.
This month’s highlighted volunteer is Caren Levine, who serves as our lead “docent” in our Second Life community. We look forward to opportunities to profile YOU as an ISTE volunteer in the future!
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
To indicate your interest in one of the specific current volunteer opportunities listed below, please complete the Volunteer Intake Form and specify the particular opportunity in the “other” fill-in option under question number 4.
1. Welcome and Mentor New Members
2. Select ISTE award recipients
3. Contribute an article to Learning & Leading with Technology (L&L)
Prerequisites: A story to tell and a way to capture that story in writing.
Time Commitment: Varies depending on article length and amount of research/writing time involved, but generally once your manuscript has been accepted for publication, it takes 2–5 additional hours.
4. Lead a SIG Book or Topical Discussion
5. Contribute a resource or article to the SIG Newsletter
6. Be an ISTE Second Life Docent
7. Serve on the Second Life Social Committee
9. Assist new educators who are just starting out in Second Life
10. Volunteer for NECC
Caren Levine, aka Claird Loon in SL
As an educational consultant, Caren Levine specializes in e-learning, the use of online resources and social media for personal and professional learning, and issues of identity in a digital world. She is also involved with the development and stewardship of communities of practice and spends most of her time working with educational organizations that provide professional development for educators. In addition to her consulting practice, she is the director of a learning network for a non-profit organization that assists educators and non-profit community organizations in integrating new technologies into their work.
Caren states that “one of the most exciting opportunities I see in the field of education is the way in which teachers and students are experimenting with new media to deepen their learning. There are so many ways for individuals to engage with these resources, discover their voices and develop meaningful learning experiences. The creativity is astounding!”
Caren volunteers her time as ISTE’s lead docent in Second Life, a virtual multi-user environment. In her role she manages and trains the docents which serve shifts on ISTE Island to answer questions about ISTE and the Second Life environment. Her involvement with ISTE as a volunteer leader provides a way for her to give back to an organization that “has played an important role in my ongoing professional growth.” She has been affiliated with ISTE since the early 1990’s and in that time, her career has taken many paths, and throughout these changes, she has relied on ISTE to provide her with opportunities for continued learning and community.
Her experiences as a volunteer have been tremendously rewarding. Through ISTE’s presence in Second Life, she has met wonderful, creative educators from around the world – including the ISTE staff – as well as a number of new friends who live nearby.
In addition to work and volunteering for ISTE, Caren enjoys writing, reading, volunteering as a “reading buddy” with third graders at a local public school, and hanging out at small airports.
At a Glance…
◾ Who to Contact
Questions about ISTE’s Volunteer Program? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Terra Sieberman, at 541.434.8906.
◾ Why Volunteer
Volunteering for ISTE is a great way to build leadership skills, network with fellow members, and use your knowledge to provide service leadership to your peers.
◾ Intake Survey
Completing our volunteer intake survey allows you to list your skills and interests, so we can create and offer the most relevant volunteer opportunities each month. Log in with your ISTE member number to complete the Volunteer Intake Form.
Everyone loves a pat on the back or little applause now and then! Your valuable time and dedication in volunteering for ISTE will not go unnoticed. Once a month, we will select a “Volunteer of the Month” to be highlighted in our Volunteer Newsletter and Call to Action e-mail.
ISTE is also an official Certifying Organization for the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. To learn more about this program visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov If you would like to pursue this award, please contact Terra Sieberman at email@example.com for more information or to get started.
As ISTE’s volunteer program evolves, we will be celebrating you in other ways as well, so stay tuned!