Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The ISTE Proposed New Student Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has recently released a draft proposing seven new student standards for learning and technology. You can read the entire draft here, but to synopsize, the standards are:

1. Empowered learner: Students take an active role in choosing and pursuing their learning goals, leveraging technology to plan, convey, and achieve them.

2. Knowledge constructor: Students construct knowledge and make meaning for themselves and others by using digital tools to curate data and information.

3. Innovative designer/maker: Students use computing or digital tools within the design process to solve problems or create new, useful, or imaginative designs or products.

4. Computational thinker: Students identify and explore authentic problems using algorithmic thinking to propose or automate solutions.

5. Creative communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to their goals.

6. Global collaborator: Students use digital tools to learn from others and effectively work in teams.

7. Digital citizen: Students operate in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of the opportunities, responsibilities, risks, and foundational skills required to live, learn, and work in an increasingly digital world.

What do you think of this proposal? How do these standards fit with all the other standards that you and your students are expected to meet? How would addressing these standards impact your teaching? Please join #pisdedchat the next three weeks (February 9, 16, and 23) for a discussion of these new standards. Each week, we'll take a look at two or three of them and explore a little more deeply how these standards might impact your teaching and your students' learning.

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