Giving Compass' Take:

· After being recognized by ISTE for their impact in education, the global nonprofit association of educators focusing on using edtech solve challenges, the EdSurge team explains what it really means to have an "impact" in education.

· How are leaders and organizations making an impact in education? How is technology being used to solve some of the biggest challenges in education? How can donors support these efforts?

· Check out this article to read more about topics discussed at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.

The wall next to the door in EdSurge’s Burlingame, Calif., office is covered with scraps of paper. Some are printouts of emails; others handwritten notes. A couple are even scrawled in magic marker.

Our wall is a bit messy. Anyone in the company can tape up a message they’ve received—there’s no master plan. The letters are from people who have read our articles and research, come to our events or have used our jobs board. We cherish these notes. They remind us of why we do our work, of the very real challenges of the people whose lives we touch.

This week, we added an elegant piece to the collection: a plaque recognizing me and the whole EdSurge team for our “impact” in education. It is awarded by ISTE, the global nonprofit association of educators who focus on using technology to solve education challenges.

The honor was one of three Impact awards given this week at ISTE’s 40th annual gathering. The event draws roughly 20,000 educators from its membership of more than 100,000. Richard Culatta, ISTE’s CEO, was on hand to give out a number of awards—to educators who have devoted their time to serving others, to districts that are building thoughtful, smart ways to serve their students and to education leaders who are “Making IT Happen” through their leadership.

Read the full article about impact in education by Betsy Corcoran at EdSurge.