What are the ISTE standards?

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education terminology and jargon Sep 18, 2017 07:54 PM 1 Answers

I hear other teachers talking about ISTE standards and talking about how they are making sure that their students are prepared for their future.  How are the ISTE standards helpful in that regard?

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The ISTE standards are a set of educational technology standards created by the International Society for Technology in Education, one of the largest educational technology associations in the world. They include standards for students, educators, administrators, technology coaches, as well as computer science educators. The intent of the standards is to provide a benchmark of knowledge, skills, and abilities that prepare each of these populations to thrive in an increasingly digital and connected world.

With this stated, these standards represent one of many distinct perspectives on what it means for students, educators, and administrators to thrive in a digital world. The student standards, for example, place an emphasis upon student voice and student-centered learning. As such, these standards, while focused upon educational technology, speak to much more than that. Advocates argue that student voice and student-centered learning are important skills for the 21st cent 22nd century, given the rapid rate of change in the world and the need to prepare students for a world where they will be constantly learning, unlearning, and relearning. If you scan the list of ISTE standards, you will see more language about design, analysis, and creation skills than you will see technology skills.

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