Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ISTE Student Standards

Last get together we took a look at the ISTE Standards for Teachers. This week we take a look at the ISTE Standards for Students (new draft)

Choose a Standard to reflect on

Guiding Questions (choose a question to expand on)
How does this connect to leadership?
What do you think of the ISTE Student standards?
Are there glaring additions or omissions you would address? 
Are these standards “doable” in your classroom?


  1. The standard that really stuck out to me today was the Computational Thinker. I found this standard to be so interesting mostly because it is so telling of our current times. I think that educators are starting to better prepare students for the work place, and to do that, most jobs require their employees to have knowledge of how to use a computer and other technology in order to input, analyze, and reflect on data. Yes, it's important that students are responsible digital citizens and that they can show their learning in a variety of slides, docs, and sheets. However, for most students, when they get into the work place, the will need to have the skills of a computational thinker.

    As a technology leader, I think we need to remind our colleagues that using technology shouldn't be something to fear or ignore, but rather something we are promoting as a life skill. Having kids do things like track their own reading improvement or math skills through data that they input and interpret can also be a powerful tool to help them develop a growth mindset.

  2. The ISTE student standards represent the type of learning that is essential in today’s world and necessary for today’s workforce. The skills embodied in these standards call for empowerment, interconnection, innovation, curation, problem solving, and global perspectives...all important to higher order thinking skills. I like the inclusion of mathematical, scientific, social studies and literacy skills along with the traditional 21st Century Skills of collaboration, innovation, and digital citizenship. The areas that intrigue me most are Standard # 1 and # 3. Empowering learners through choice, goal setting, and curation of information can impact their engagement and overall learning and demonstration of competency.

    In our conversations with our cohort, several mentions were made that the standards be phrased in more kid-friendly language. While having student-friendly language could be helpful in communicating outcomes to students, my concern lies in how the standards will be articulated across grade levels to support the development of student skills in achieving such high-level outcomes.

  3. With our common goal as teacher/facilitators/administrators being to encourage and inspire student learners, I was immediately drawn to the Standard - EMPOWERED LEARNER.
    I love how this standard is worded: students leverage technology to take an ACTIVE ROLE in their education. The key words really pop out: intentional, personalize, seek and apply, experiment, demonstrate, and solve.
    In reality, as I scroll through the seven standards - they all strike me like that. How does this connect to leadership? The common theme throughout these standards is that by helping students to develop positive digital citizenship skills, they begin to take ownership and personalize learning.

  4. The one that really speaks to me is 7) Global Collaborator. Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives, increase empathy and understanding and work effectively in teams. I think it is so important to learn how to collaborate on any level. However, learning to collaborate on a global level is pertinent on many levels in today's world. Many jobs require you to collaborate globally so why not teach kids the importance now.

  5. Looking over the standards I feel that there is a bit a continuum allowing teachers with differing comfort around technology to focus on different things. Perhaps teachers that are less comfortable can start by looking at the standards of citizenship and knowledge curator while those that are more familiar with this type of learning might be more drawn to the standards of innovative designer and global collaborator. Because the standards cover so many areas it allows educators to take tiny steps toward helping students to become technologically literate and competent. And every little step counts.

  6. I am intrigued by the question, “Are these standards “doable” in your classroom?” Sometimes in education we say “I can’t do it all”. But really, the idea of education should be which part of the this big picture CAN I do. These standards like so many other standards in education are a ladder being constructed one piece at a time. I can’t do all of it, but I trust that the prior teachers of my students will do their part and future teachers of my students will continue from where I must end off. “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” Ralph W. Sockman