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ISTE Standards and Potential Inclusion in Evaluation

Author: Trisha Fyfe

In this lesson, students examine the connection between the ISTE standards and teacher practice

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Welcome. I'm Trisha Fyfe. And today in this video lesson, we'll dive into the lesson titled ISTE Standards and Potential Inclusion in Evaluation. As we learn about this topic, we will work towards one main learning objective, and we'll answer the following question to guide our learning in this video lesson. What are the connections between the ISTE standards and teacher practice?

So let's start off by talking about the relationship between ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, teacher standards, and teacher evaluation. It's important to note that the majority of teacher evaluation rubrics currently do not include these ISTE standards. Because of the importance and many benefits of integrating technology in the classroom setting, as well as the fact that many teachers benefit from training in this area, these standards are worthy of taking a thorough look at in considering when evaluations are used in environments that are rich in technology.

Areas for growth, specifically in the area of technology integration, and opportunities for further training or coaching, can come from using these standards. So what are these standards? What are the ISTE teacher standards? We'll focus on the teacher standards today, but it's important to note that ISTE does have standards for students, coaches, technology teachers, and administrators.

Here are the five standards that fall within these teacher standards. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments. Model digital age work and learning. Teachers here exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes that are representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

The fourth standard is to promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility. And the fifth is to engage in professional growth and leadership.

In this unit, we've talked in-depth about the teacher evaluation models of both Danielson and Marzano. let's Take a moment to make some connections. ISTE standards can align to both of these models. For example, in Danielson's model, Domain Three is instruction. Some elements here include 3A, communicating with students, 3B, using questioning and discussion techniques, 3C engaging students in learning, 3D, using assessment in instruction, and 3E, demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness.

All of these elements connect to ISTE standard one, facilitating and inspire student learning and creativity, as well as two, design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments. Teachers can use both Danielson and ISTE here to guide lessons and activities, paying careful attention to integration of technology into these activities and assessments. They can also be sure to create active learning opportunities.

In Marzano's model, Domain Three is teacher reflection. And here, there are five different elements relating to evaluating personal performance and developing and implementing a professional growth plan. In the ISTE standards for teachers, standard number five specifically identifies the importance of engaging in professional growth and leadership.

This might apply to the teachers' performance by helping teachers consider the importance of reflection, and growth, and development of themselves as teachers and to their students. We've spent some time today talking about the connections and alignment of the ISTE standard's teacher evaluation models. But how can we apply these standards in particular?

Feedback can be given to teachers by evaluators and coaches, as well as administrators. The standards can encourage the use of technology in the classroom, and help teachers consider the importance of bringing together content, pedagogy, and technology. This is essential to teacher effectiveness.

The four 21st Century skills-- creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking-- are also important to consider here. And by using ISTE standards, we work towards these skills with our students. Not only should we consider the ISTE standards in our professional teaching practices, but also when we create our professional growth goals.

Let's talk a little about what we learned today. We looked at the following question. What are the connections between the ISTE standards and teacher practice? In this lesson, we took a deep look at the ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, teacher standards.

While these are not mandatory quite yet, it's extremely important to consider these standards, especially considering the fact that we're working towards 21st century skills that we aim to teach, , as well as the importance of integrating technology for many other reasons in our classrooms.

These standards, when they're used in the evaluation process, can give coaches, evaluators, and administrators additional components to help assist teachers improve our practices and effectiveness. Now that you're more familiar with these concepts, let's reflect.

What are the benefits and possible challenges to being evaluated using ISTE standards as a teacher? Thanks for joining me today in discussing the lesson ISTE standards and potential inclusion in evaluation. I hope you found value in this video lesson, and you're able to apply these ideas and concepts about the ISTE standards into your own teaching.

To dive a little deeper and learn how to apply this information, be sure to check out the Additional Resources section associated with this video. This is where you'll find links targeted toward helping you discover more ways to apply this course material.

Notes on “ISTE Standards and Potential Inclusion in Evaluation ”


(00:00- 00:23) Introduction/Objectives

(00:24- 01:12) ISTE Standards and Teacher Evaluation

(01:13- 02:00) What are the ISTE Standards? 

(02:01- 03:31) Connections: ISTE and Danielson/Marzano

(03:32- 04:21) Applying ISTE Teacher Standards

(04:22- 05:05) Recap

(05:06- 05:44) Reflection 

Additional Resources

ISTE Standards: Teachers

This is a list with descriptions of ISTE Standards for Teachers.

ISTE Standards: Coaches

This is a list with descriptions of the ISTE Standards for Coaches.

ISTE Standards: Administrators

This is a list with descriptions of the ISTE Standards for Administrators.