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ISTE Standards

Author: Kathleen Johnson

In this lesson students understand the origins, purpose, and components of the ISTE student standards.

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Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I hope you're having a wonderful day today. Today, we're going to be looking at the ISTE Standards. And for today's lesson, I've chosen a quote by Henry Ward Beecher, which states "Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you." I think it's a good lesson for all of us. By the end of the lesson today, you will be able to evaluate the origins and the purpose of the ISTE Standards specifically for students. And you will be able to analyze the parts of the ISTE Standards that really focus in on 21st century skills.

Let's go ahead and take a look at the origin of the ISTE Standards. Now, these ISTE Standards were previously known as the National Education Technology Standards, or NETS, as we'll refer to them. Now, the ISTE Standards were then developed by the International Society for Technology and Education, ISTE. Hence, you can see where the name comes from.

Now, ISTE is a non-profit organization that really is focused and dedicated to looking at the integration of 21st century skills into high school and college curriculum, instruction, and assessment. They even go so far as to suggest some elements that we could be using in elementary, so really focusing in on all of that element and technology in our classroom.

These ISTE Standards include a lot of different areas to focus in on. There are standards for teachers, for students, for administrators. There are various standards that focus in on technology and computer sciences, as well as educator and technology coaches. Also, there are standards for students that outline those 21st century skills, and those are the ones we're going to look at, the skills that students need to be ready to compete globally in the 21st century.

Now, it's important to note that many districts incorporate these ISTE Standards into their curriculum maps. So you can see it at the map level into their units, into their lessons to help ensure that their students really have that strong foundation and knowledge, those skills to really be competitive, globally competitive in the 21st century. They also focus in on helping students to communicate, think critically, collaborate, and really create in a technology-rich environment, environments that can be seen in and outside of the classroom.

Now, let's focus in on the ISTE Standards specifically. The ISTE Standards for students are divided into six categories, the first of which is creativity and innovation. This really focuses on the students' ability to construct knowledge, to develop their knowledge, and to really look at innovation, developing products, and a process with using technology, really focusing in on is the student engaging creatively and really thinking outside of the box and ahead of the rest of the pack when it comes to technology?

The second major area is communication and collaboration. This focuses on the ability to use various elements of digital media and digital tools to communicate and collaborate, work in groups with the rest of their peers. There is a focus in on research and information fluency.

Again, is that student able to use technology to not only find and gather information, but also to evaluate that information and determine whether or not it should be incorporated into the work that they're doing? So thinking critically about the information and the research that they're gathering. That leads right into critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making, focusing in on students really thinking critically about how to conduct research, how to complete projects, how to solve problems, and really how to make those various decisions that they will need to when they are working with new elements of technology.

The fifth area is digital citizenship, really making sure that students are understanding all of the legal and ethical issues that are related to the technology that they're using. I find this to be the most applicable element of ISTE Standards in my classroom and the one that students-- at least that I teach-- need the most. They do not quite understand all of those issues involved when it comes to technology. Finally, there are the technology operations and concepts, so really looking at a student's ability to understand the systems of technology that they're using and the concepts that are involved in creating that technology.

Now that we've reached the end of the lesson today, you have been able to evaluate the origins and really the purpose of the ISTE Standards specifically for students. You've also been able to analyze the parts of the ISTE Standards as they relate to the 21st century skills, helping our students to compete globally in that 21st century. Now that we've reached the end of the lesson, what do you think would be the first step you would take to start incorporating these ISTE Standards into your classroom instruction?

For more information on how to apply what you've learned in the video, please view the additional resources section that accompanies this video presentation. The additional resources section includes hyperlinks that are useful for applications of the course material, including a brief description of each resource available. That's all we have for right now. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.

Notes on "ISTE Standards"

(00:00-00:19) Intro

(00:20-00:36) Objectives

(00:37-02:36) Origins of ISTE Standards

(02:37-04:51) Analyzing ISTE

(04:52-05:12) Review

(05:13-05:43) Reflection

Additional Resources

ISTE Standards for Students

The ISTE Student Standards include all of the student technology standards outlining what students should know and be able to do in order to be globally competitive in the 21st century. These standards were formerly known as the National Education Technology Standards (NETS).

ISTE Essential Conditions

These are the essential conditions that must exist for education to be purposefully supported by technology.

ISTE Standards

The Student, Educator and Leader Standards have been updated since 2016. To reference the Newest Generation of ISTE Standards and to see which states have adopted the most current version, visit: 

Profiles for Technology (ICT) Literate Students

This comprehensive and extremely useful document provides a look at what characteristics students should possess in order to compete in 21st century colleges and careers. The profiles are broken down by grade spans illustrating the progression of skills and knowledge that students should possess.