Competencies & Standards


In 2018 Michigan adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-S) "Standards for Students". Michigan named these MITECS, or the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students. The decision to identify them as competencies is to delineate a difference between standards that outline learning expectations meant to guide local curriculum development, and competencies that are 'explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives which include application and creation of knowledge. They may be demonstrated in a variety of learning environments and with a variety of measures of learning' (working definition 2018: M. Ribant and Ann-Marie Mapes, Oct 2018 presentation for the Michigan Department of Education at MAME).

MiTECHS Rainbow showing Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students

The Michigan site has posted an age band articulation document along with sample scenarios.


"The ISTE Standards provide the competencies for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age, providing a comprehensive roadmap for the effective use of technology in schools worldwide. Grounded in learning science research and based on practitioner experience, the ISTE Standards ensure that using technology for learning can create high-impact, sustainable, scalable and equitable learning experiences for all learners."

The 21things4students received the ISTE Seal of Alignment from ISTE (2019-2021) for providing resources that address their internationally recognized educational technology standards for students.

ISTE Seal of Alignment 2019-2021


Technology Integration Matrix

The Florida Center for Technology for Instructional Technology (FCIT) has created a helpful Technology Integration Matrix.

It 'provides a framework for describing and targeting the use of technology to enhance learning', using five characteristics of meaningful learning environments with five levels of technology integration.