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ISTE Standards for Students

The ISTE Standards for Students provide a Global Collaborator framework for teaching and learning in-depth, digital age skills and attributes amplified through technology. Each standard emphasizes pedagogy enhanced with technology to support all learners in engaging and thriving in a connected, digital Creative Communicator world. The names for each standard are  indicative of the role of learners as leaders and change agents in today's digital world.

The ISTE Standards for Students call for:ISTE Student Standards 2016

  • Empowered Learners: Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Digital Citizens: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical.
  • Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
  • Innovative Designers: Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
  • Global Collaborators: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
  • Creative Communicators: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to their goals.
  • Computational Thinkers: Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.

ISTE Standards for Educators

The ISTE Standards for Educators (ISTE, 2017c) call for teachers to be empowered professionals and learning catalys ts who embrace the following roles:ISTE Standards for Educators

  • Learner: Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve students learning.
  • Leader: Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support students empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning.
  • Citizen: Educators inspire students to positively contribute Standards Educators and responsibly participate in the digital world.
  • Collaborator: Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems.
  • Designer: Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.
  • Facilitator: Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students.
  • Analyst: Educators understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals.

The ISTE Essential Conditions (2017a) serves as a research-backed framework to guide implementation of the ISTE Standards, instructional technology planning, and system-wide change. Leveraging the ISTE Standards helps educators to skillfully mentor and inspire students in amplifying learning with technology and challenging students to be agents in their own learning as well.

ISTE Standards for Education Leaders

The ISTE Standards for Education Leaders support the implementation of the ISTE Standards for Students and the ISTE Standards for Educators and provide a framework for guiding digital age learning. These standards target the knowledge and behaviors required for leaders to empower teachers and make student learning possible. They’re focused on some of the most timely, yet enduring, topics in education today – equity, digital citizenship, visioneering, team and systems building, continuous improvement and professional growth:

  • Equity and Citizenship Advocate: Leaders use technology to increase equity, inclusion, and digital citizenship practices.
  • Visionary Planner: Leaders engage others in establishing a vision, strategic plan and ongoing evaluation cycle for transforming learning with technology. Education leaders.
  • Empowering Leader: Leaders create a culture where teachers and learners are empowered to use technology in innovative ways to enrich teaching and learning. Education leaders.
  • Systems Designer: Leaders build teams and systems to implement, sustain and continually improve the use of technology to support learning. Education leaders.
  • Connected Learner: Leaders model and promote continuous professional learning for themselves and others. Education leaders.