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Empowering learning via the ISTE Student Standards

2016 ISTE Student Standards: Empowering Learning

Remember when you were a kid and a year seemed so long? As an adult though, nine years can just fly by! While it may not seem long ago since the last update of the ISTE student standards, a lot has changed since 2007 and an update was needed.

Metiri is excited to see this new set of standards! ISTE began with the premise that technology is still not being used to its full potential to impact student learning by providing experiences and personalization not possible without these tools. We feel these take the prior set of standards to the next level, pushing us to see technology tools in new and different ways.

ISTE Student Standards: Literacy vs. proficiency

Each set of ISTE Standards has focused less on operating the tools and more on using the tools to change pedagogy and empower learners. Technology proficiency is now summarized in just one letter (1d), and we love that it emphasizes not only using technology, but choosing technology and applying knowledge to new (perhaps yet unknown) tools. This mindset piece is so important, as it separates the truly technology proficient from the technologically adequate—the innovator from the direction-follower.

The standards also issue a challenge to educators everywhere to rise to the occasion and facilitate the types of experiences described in these standards for students. The standards emphasize putting students in the driver’s seat as empowered learners, constructors of knowledge, effective collaborators, and individuals responsible for their own learning outcomes and their own online identities.

ISTE Student Standards: Educators’ mission

We’re also cautious, because like the previous standards, these standards are not a “technology curriculum.” They’re intended to be taught and reinforced across the content areas by each and every teacher that a student sees every day. This is wonderful, and necessary, but requires a deliberate integration of technology experiences into daily classroom instruction. Students will not gain these skills through osmosis. They don’t come into school naturally able to collaborate or implement an effective design process. They won’t be able to do these things on the first, second, or even third try. The call to action that we see in these standards is for educators across grade levels, across content areas, and across buildings to work together to scaffold experiences for students to ensure they graduate ready for ISTE’s “technology-driven world.”

Thanks, ISTE! Well done! Now the baton is passed… Look for information on how Metiri will be partnering with ISTE to launch ISTE professional learning directly to teachers using our personalized professional learning platform.