New ISTE Book Challenges Educators to Integrate Digital Age Skills to Prepare Students for the Future


WASHINGTON, D.C. – ISTE, the premier source for books on education technology, has a new publication for teachers struggling to incorporate digital age skills, such as innovation, digital literacy, collaboration and critical thinking, into their instruction.


Author L. Robert Furman shares an accessible and achievable road map in The Future-Ready Challenge: Improve Student Outcomes in 18 Weeks.


In the foreword to the book, Peter Bishop, founder and executive director of Teach the Future, calls The Future-Ready Challenge, “step-by-step and full of great ideas for introducing new ways of teaching and learning into our schools today.”


Following the format of a self-improvement guide, Furman breaks down the process of addressing digital age skills into 18 easy-to-follow challenges so that teachers can improve student outcomes in a single semester. Centered on a goal (such as transcend the classroom walls or toss out the textbook), each challenge is accompanied by examples for implementing it at different grade levels, motivational case studies and reflection questions.


With this accessible guide, teachers will learn how to help students stay motivated and inspired to develop the skills they’ll need for the future.


Furman is an educator, leader, speaker and the author of Technology, Reading & Digital Literacy. He has received numerous awards, including being named one of the National School Board Association’s 2015 “20 to Watch” in technology education. He is the principal at South Park Elementary in South Park, Pennsylvania, and holds a Ph.D. in instructional leadership fromDuquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The Future-Ready Challenge: Improve Student Outcomes in 18 Weeks is now available from the ISTE Store.


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The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership 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 widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age — as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo — the world’s most comprehensive edtech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.





Inexpensive and highly appealing Pocoyo Playset apps make a world of difference helping Spanish-speaking preschool children develop math and literacy skills for Kindergarten


CHICAGO, April 7, 2017 At the Annual National Head Start Conference today HITN Learning, the educational division of non-profit, Spanish-language media network HITN, demonstrated its new suite of 15 Pocoyo Playset apps for preschool that prepare children for Kindergarten success in math, literacy and English language development (ELD). Two of these apps just won prestigious 2017 Parents’ Choice Awards for Mobile Apps and a 2017 Kidscreen Award. HITN, providing educational programming to more than 44 million American households for 35 years, is on the floor in booth #202 to demonstrate the variety of tablet-based apps on iPads and talk with educators about how they can help preschoolers, early learners and transitional Kindergartners up to age 5 develop both the academic and socio-emotional skills necessary for a successful start in Kindergarten.


The English-Spanish bilingual apps feature familiar characters from the animated Pocoyo series, entertaining while teaching children to enjoy learning. Educators are invited to stop by the booth to see product demos with HITN Learning Pocoyo Playset Executive Producer, Erica Branch-Ridley, and HITN Learning Director of Product Management MaryEllen McLaughlin, and enter a raffle to win educational play kits and prizes. Also, a free sample Pocoyo Playset app is available for educators to download from GooglePlay by searching for Pocoyo Playsets.


“Kindergarten readiness for Spanish-speaking children is the ultimate goal of HITN Learning’s Pocoyo Playset apps, which we developed to the highest educational standards with a Ready-to-Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education,” said David Rust, General Manager, Education at HITN. “Our apps support the National Head Start Association’s mission to give every child a chance to succeed in school and life. Recognized for high quality and educational effectiveness by 2017 Parents’ Choice and Kidscreen Awards, the Pocoyo Playsets engage each child in exploring, creating and learning new concepts and vocabulary with fun and laughter.”


Each Pocoyo Playset app addresses one of three educational categories: English language development, early literacy development or early math development. Some examples from the suite of 15 titles include the award winning Pocoyo Playset: 3D Shapes, an early math app, Pocoyo Playset: Let’s Move for English Language development, and Pocoyo Playset: Helpers for early literacy development.


In Pocoyo Playset: Let’s Move children ages 3 to 5 follow Pocoyo characters, in activities that teach English and Spanish words describing different kinds of movement. Children can play Get Moving, Pocoyo Says, The Word Machine and Story Maker activities. Preschoolers build fluency in spoken English and expand their English vocabulary learning words, while also sharpening their listening skills and ability to follow directions.



The Pocoyo PlaySet apps were developed by the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) between HITN and Zinkia Entertainment, the creator of the award-winning animated series, Pocoyo. HITN’s creative design and focus on solid academic and social-emotional skills were brought to life through the renowned and revered Pocoyo brand, and through the support of a $30 million Ready-to-Learn grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Pocoyo Playset educational resources were proven effective through summative studies and pilots in the USA and Puerto Rico.


The entire suite of 15 Pocoyo PlaySet apps are available on the Apple App Store for $1.99 each and for subscription on GooglePlay.

HITN is the leading Spanish-language media network focused on educational and cultural programing for the whole family. It reaches over 44 million homes across the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, log in to