NEW ISTE Standards for Students

The ISTE conference is a yearly event where educators explore and share the latest and most effective uses of educational technology. Particular excitement was generated this year as ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) released new Technology Standards for Students at this year’s conference in Denver. These standards will surely prove valuable to schools because they incorporate many essential skills based themes for transforming learning environments with the support of technology.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students 2016

  1. Empowered Learner
  2. Digital Citizen
  3. Knowledge Constructor
  4. Innovative Designer
  5. Computational Thinker
  6. Creative Communicator
  7. Global Collaborator

The standard descriptions and indicators are now available for viewing and download. These standards are designed to ‘empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter where they or their teachers are in the thoughtful integration of ed tech.' Clearly the mobile and anytime access of today’s technology required a new set of standards which would apply to students.

Report - ISTE Technology Standards for Students

report to support schools as they implement the standards is being provided. This can serve as a guide to both those who were using the former standards and those who might be embarking on using the ISTE student standards as a new tool.

Computational Thinking

A new addition to the student standards is the one on Computation Thinking. ISTE links to existing supports for this standard via tutorials, lessons and more.

There are 7 standards. Each standard includes indicators.

Working with the Standards

Schools will surely want to evaluate, discuss and work collaboratively towards applying these standards. Materials have been created for this very purpose. Along with being provided on the website, the new Standards for Students are also available via ebook. The ebook version provides additional information relative to implementation. Additionally, an online community is available with a resources library, articles and discussions. Be sure to view ISTE’s permissions and licensing information before distributing these standards.

How do you intend to use the new standards? In what ways do you feel that these will be valuable for schools?

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