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The Florida Society for Technology in Education, Inc. provides a cohesive, unified organization to represent the concerns of people who are interested in instructional technology. FSTE was origninally established in 1985 as Florida Association for Computer in Education.  The name was changed to Florida Society for Technology in Education at the January 2010 membership meeting at FETC.  FSTE is one of the most supportive educational technology associations in the country. The FSTE membership includes PreK-20 educators, students, parents, educational institutions and corporations. FSTE operates as an independent, member-financed, non-profit corporation. The state, Regions, and county locals all elect their officers annually.FSTE co-sponsors and participates in the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) .FSTE serves as both a catalyst and an informational center to address the urgent issues of instructional technology. Join or renew a membership with FSTE and be a part of this important work: serve on committees that prepare the groundwork for concerted action; share your knowledge at state and regional conferences; contribute news articles, or letters for the FSTE News Briefs. Whether you are a technology-using educator or just interested in the use of technology in education, participation in FSTE will be both rewarding and effective. Local FSTE chapters hold regular informational meeting for their members on important issues and often sponsor special events. These events may include but are not limited to technology fairs, software and hardware demonstrations and educational/motivational speakers. The meetings also provide members an opportunity to network with other professionals who advocate the Integration of Technology in Education.
FSTE … serves as both a catalyst and an informational organization to address the urgent issues of instructional technology



They are associated with the following free conference.  I will distribute this info to the group...




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I found an affiliate to the ISTE -- perhaps their society will be easier to submit a topic for publishing / a conference.





The key is to focus on these six organizations



This was a google search of French organizations for Instruct Tech

OETC is a non-profit membership consortium that provides access to educational technology through group purchasing and training.

It's hard to find a place that doesn't mention ISTE or one of the big organizations.





A google search for German organization instructional technology turned up ISTE





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Class Session 4 about Associations
There are relatively few large associations that focus primarily on Instructional Technology.   The class session focused on the following:



Key point:  Don't look for "distance education" associations.  There are hundreds of them.   Just because an association has some papers about instructional technology, it doesn't mean that the association has a primary focus on InstructTech.

Reflection:  I'm beginning to see the wisdom of the book selected in Trends and Issues (I took it a year ago).  the author John Naisbet suggested that one of the key practices of a successful person in dealing with new mindsets is "don't add someting without subtracting something."   The idea that I might continue to maintain my contacts in the US Department of Energy, the Public Administrators group that I used to belong to, ESOL teachers (tesol.org) and the National Council for the Teachers of Math as well as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development... hmmm, this ITDE focus is going to require some winnowing.  While it is helpful to have a big picture view, I can see that a satisfying career in ITDE will necessitate dropping some of my previous lives.   Joining an association is not a light decision ($75 plus the conference fees) and the benefits from associating require hours of searching their websites for their helpful downloads.   I've already gained about 50 articles from AECT.org.  

The key point I've gotten is that something has to go from my past life and trying to straddle two or three worlds is going to be difficult -- especially when conference collide (I have a conflict between an ASCD-associated conference and the Jacksonville conference for AECT in November). 





Class session 5 about Conferences

The class session about conferences is important -- the key point is that we students should be thinking about publishing something -- or at least getting into the discipline of applying to publish an article.

Dr. Schlosser makes some points clear
-- don't submit a fake idea for a proposed presentation.  It might be accepted!
-- His tip about attending a conference presentation to see a famous professor might have some surprises, such as the big professor might be absent or that a grad student might make the key presentation.   Helpful tip.


Reflection:
It is interesting to me how different the independent, near-autonomous status of the distance learner encourages a fuller participation in conferences and associations.   The lack of contact with face-to-face classmates is pushing me to find people 

Dr. Schlosser's descriptions of the conferences in "exotic" places might sound fun, but I hear him say that he has deeply significant career benefits and intellectual partnerships with people who frequent not only the online forums and publications (as publishers), 

I am seriously considering a smaller association for two reasons:
-- it might be easier to get a paper accepted
-- it might be easier to find and continue to meet with the same person year after year in the conventions.
-- the cost of the convention might be slightly lower.


The benefits of a large convention are clear:
-- more likelihood of seeing an important person in the InstructTech field
-- more likelihood that a person I meet there will return, since the prestige of being in a big association is worth the time to invest in the association
-- more likely to attract international perspectives.













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