(Day 8 #30DC14) Have you ever thought about how you facilitate digital age skills into your lessons? The ISTE Standards were created to help guide educators in digital age skills that integrate technology into everyday learning. ISTE Standards formerly known as the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) have been around in some form since 1998. They have been modified over the years, including a change in name, but the core purpose of the standards remains the same.
Today’s students are expected to be able to do more than just use technological tools. They are expected to be able to utilize technology to analyze, learn, explore, create and share their experiences with others in a globally connected world. While technology is interwoven into many states and common core standards, many teachers and administrators fail to see the direct correlation between the two. ISTE Standards are basic and help guide instruction to incorporate digital integration into any state or common core standard that you are teaching in class. Let’s take a look at some of the standards and resources for implementing them.
The basic student standards are here, but I would obviously encourage you to look at and work toward implementing the standards for your position in your professional learning goals.
ISTE Standards for Students
- Creativity and Innovation
- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
- Communication and Collaboration
- Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
- Research and Information Fluency
- Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
- Digital Citizenship
- Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
- Technology Operations and Concepts
- Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technological concepts, systems, and operations.
Within each standard, there are additional indicators. you can find those in the links below as well as the Profiles for Technology (ICT) Literate Students. The profiles give indicators of achievement for ISTE Standard implementations at grades PK-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.
- ISTE Standards for Students
- ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators
- ISTE Standards for Teachers
- ISTE Standards for Coaches
- ISTE Standards for Administrators
- Profiles for Technology (ICT) Literate Students
- Essential Conditions
Suggestions for Use
- Analyze your current lessons and make sure you are integrating at least one ISTE standard in each lesson/unit
- Look at the age-appropriate Profiles for Technology (ICT) Literate Students for indicators of ISTE standards to your lessons
- Share the ISTE standards you are applying to your lessons with your students and in your lesson plans
- If you are an Admin, Coach, or Computer Science Teacher, share the standards you are working on professionally with others
Why It Matters (Teaching Rubric)
Effective standards-based lessons are key to successful teaching. Including the ISTE Standards into your instructional plans evidence support to address individual student needs in regards to digital learning and help increase student engagement. Consistently implementing these standards will also help prepare content that is integrated across content areas and other lessons/units (Effective Lesson Design: essential competency 1.1). Scaffolding ISTE Standards into Standards-Based Instructional Goals and Learning Outcomes (essential competency 1.2) lead to a mastery of academic and digital standards alike, preparing our students for the digital world ahead of them.
Your challenge today is to review the ISTE standards for students and for your position (teacher, administrator, coach, etc..). Reflect on the current lesson/unit you are working on with your students/teachers. If you are currently using ISTE Standards, explain to the group which ones you are incorporating into the lesson/unit. If you aren’t currently utilizing these standards, which ones could you implement the next time you teach the same lesson/unit.
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