Introducing the ISTE Standards for Students

Overview

The ISTE Standards for Students were introduced in 1998, revised in 2007 and then again in 2016. The 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." (from ©2017 Clarity Innovations, Inc.) 

The standards provide a framework to transform teaching and learning with technology. There are seven standards and indicators for each standard to assist learning in the classroom.  

Learning Objectives

Teachers and students will:

  • Be able to understand the standards.
  • Be able to define what each standard means.
  • Understand that learning is a self-driven process. 

Vocabulary

  1. Standards: Standards are the the knowledge and skills students should gain. 
  2. Indicators: Indicators provide meaning and ways to measure something. 
  3. Empowered Learner:  An empowered learner is someone who naturally evolves and takes control of their own learning. 
  4. Digital Citizen: A digital citizen is a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities. 
  5. Knowledge Constructor: A knowledge constructor should be gathering, evaluating, and organizing quality information from multiple sources, especially in connection with real-world problems and solutions.
  6. Innovative Designer: An innovative designers uses a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. 
  7. Computational Thinker: A computational thinker is someone who uses the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer—human or machine—can effectively carry out. 
  8. Creative Communicator:  Creative communicators communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. 
  9. Global Communicator: A global communicator broadens their perspectives and enriches their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. 

Pre-planning

  • ​Acquaint yourself with the ISTE Standards for Students site. 
  • Watch the 7 Ways Video from ISTE 
  • Download the standards poster from ISTE
  • Shorecrest Prep School from Florida has created a scope and sequence that helps teachers know what foundational technology skills are expected to meet the learning goals embedded in the ISTE Standards for Students. The guide is for K-12 and will be very helpful as teachers select lessons from the 21Things4Kids. 

Accommodations

Steps

  1. The ISTE Standards for Students were developed to assist teachers to help students thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. 

  2. Teachers must first feel comfortable with the ISTE Standards for Students and create lessons that include one or more of the standards:

    • Empowered Learner

    • Digital Citizen

    • Knowledge Constructor

    • Innovative Designer

    • Computational Thinker

    • Creative Communicator

    • Global Collaborator

  3. Check out the ISTE site for lesson ideas. Teachers are contributing to The Project ReimaginED Library of resources that provide practical and clear ideas that can be used in the classroom, categorized by subject or grade level.

  4. Check out this exemplary lesson:

    • Home on the Reef. Christina Troxell and Melissa Follin Grade level(s): 4th Students will conduct research and examine data to determine the best place to expand oyster castles in their local watershed. They will synthesize their findings into an essay in which they clearly present their information and justifications for selecting the particular location. Students will create 3D models of their castles in Tinkercad and proposals will be presented to a local conservation group and other interested community members. Subject(s): Other (science, ELA)

  5. Show students the 7 Ways video from ISTE. 

  6. Students will learn what each of the standards means and as they go through lessons begin using the appropriate terms. For example they are Digital Citizens when they are doing research, Innovative Designers when they are making and creating and Global Communicators when they are working with peers and experts from the community on local and global issues. 

  7. Begin using the terms in rubrics for student projects. Students should be designers, creators, communicators, innovators, etc. 

Assessment Options

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Vocabulary Quiz on terms
  • Students successfully complete all the components of a project rubric

ISTE Standards

Use IT! Empowered Learner 
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

 

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

  • Teachers should be familiar with the standards so that as they are creating ELA lessons, the appropriate ISTE standards are embedded to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process.

Integrated Arts

  • Teachers should be familiar with the standards so that as they are creating Integrated Arts lessons, the appropriate ISTE standards are embedded to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process.

Math

  • Teachers should be familiar with the standards so that as they are creating Mathlessons, the appropriate ISTE standards are embedded to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process.

Science

  • Teachers should be familiar with the standards so that as they are creating Science lessons, the appropriate ISTE standards are embedded to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process.

Social Studies

  • Teachers should be familiar with the standards so that as they are creating Social Studies lessons, the appropriate ISTE standards are embedded to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process.

Credits
This task card was created by Melissa White, 21Things Project Manager, REMC Association of Michigan, January 2018.