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Analyzing ISTE Standards for Students

Analyzing ISTE Standards for Students


This lesson provides students with the ability to analyze, select and align ISTE Student Standards in a Standards Based Lesson or Unit

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Hello everyone, and welcome. I hope you're doing well today. The topic we're going to be covering is analyzing I-S-T-E, or ISTE, standards for students. Let's get started

The International Society for Technology in Education, or ISTE, is a nonprofit organization serving educators and educational leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. You can visit their website at

According to ISTE, effective teachers model and apply the ISTE standards for students as they design, implement, and assess learning, enrich professional practice, and provide positive models for students, colleagues and the community. If you're watching and learning from this video, you're already doing that.

There are six ISTE standards written for students. They are creativity and innovation, which is using technology to construct knowledge and develop innovative products and processes. Communication and collaboration, the ability to communicate and collaborate using digital media. With so much information available, students need to have the ability to use technology to gather and incorporating it. Creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making, when using technology is an essential component. Digital citizenship, the ability to understand legal and ethical issues related to technology. And lastly, technology operations and concepts, the ability to understand technology systems and concepts.

For, teachers the five are to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. To design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments. This is happening more and more in classrooms every day. To model digital age work and learning-- this is both for themselves, and in front of the classroom for their students. To promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility. This one's a little bit more difficult than it sounds, because there's a lot of great area when it comes to digital citizenship and responsibility. And to engage in professional growth and leadership. Again, if you're watching this video, you're doing that right now.

In this video, we'll walk through the steps of aligning the content standard with an ISTE standard. We'll start with the first step, which is selecting a content standard. For this example, we'll use Common Core State Standard ELA Literacy RH 6-8.7, which is integrating visual information with other information in print and digital texts. This includes visual information such as graphs and charts.

Next, I will want to turn this standard into I can statement. This one is pretty straightforward. Students in sixth grade will be able to work with I can integrate visual information, including charts and graphs with other information in digital texts.

Next, I will look for the ISTE standard that is related to my content standard. For this example I have chosen research and information fluency, which requires students to apply quite a few skills-- for instance, planning strategies to guide inquiry. They'll need to locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media. They'll have to evaluate and select information sources and digital tools, based on the appropriateness of specific tasks. And finally, they'll have to process the data and report the results.

From that ISTE standard, I will create the following I can statement. I can develop a multimedia presentation tool to analyze, synthesize, and report on data collected from a variety of valid and reliable digital sources. And then I will combine it with my content I can statement, which is I can integrate visual information including charts, graphs, and maps with other information in digital texts. And that together will create my learning objective.

So when we put it all together, the objective I've selected is students will create a Prezi, incorporating charts, graphs, and maps, illustrating the economic impact and population shifts resulting from the westward expansion occurring during the Reconstruction period. It may sound a little meaty, and that's a good thing, because this is exactly the type of assignment that will keep students engaged and challenged.

So to summarize, we introduced the International Standards for Technology in Education. We reviewed the teacher and student standards. We looked at an example of aligning a content and an ISTE standard. We created and I can statement, and established a learning objective.

Now for today's food for thought. Choose a content standard that you have recently covered with your class, and try to select the best ISTE standard to link it with.

Now it's your turn to apply what you've learned in this video. The additional resources section will be super helpful. This section is designed to help you discover useful ways to apply what you've learned here. Each link includes a brief description, so you can easily target the resource you want. That's all for today. Thanks for watching. Have a great day, and we'll see you next time.

Notes on "Analyzing ISTE Standards for Students"

(00:00-00:12) Intro

(00:13-00:29) ISTE Overview

(00:47-02:21) ISTE Standards

(02:22-04:42) Aligning Content and ISTE Standards

(04:43-05:08) Summary

(05:09-05:44) Food For Thought

Additional Resources

ISTE Standards

Official website for the ISTE student standards. The student standards include the six key areas for student appropriate use of technology in their learning: Creativity and Innovation; Communication and Collaboration; Research and Informational Fluency; Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making; digital citizenship; and Technology operations and concepts.

"I Can" Goal Statements Connect Students to Formative Assessments

Presentation from the Cedar Rapids Community School District, Iowa. This presentation provides a clear overview on how to develop I Can Statements linked to formative assessments. Using this process, teachers are able to develop student-centered learning targets that can be quickly measured for instructional decision making.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

The official web site for the Common Core ELA and Math Standards. This web site is an easy to navigate portal including the ELA anchor standards; standards by grade; Literacy Standards for History and Social Studies; Literacy Standards for Science and the technical areas; Math practice standards; and math standards by grade. In addition to the complete set of standards, this site included the appendices to the standards which include student work samples, suggested texts, implementation guidance, and instructional strategies.

Writing I Can Statements

Digital Speaking Wiki that outlines how and why to write I Can Statements. Each link provides instructions for the steps and rationale for developing and using I Can statements with your students. In particular, scroll down to access the digital I Can statement template as an easy to use tool to develop I Can statements aligned to the relevant standards for your classroom.