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Message from the President: ISTE Student Standards: the What, the Why and the How

By Stephanie Dannehl

Are you familiar with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students? Over the years the focus of these standards has shifted from the
basic skills of learning how to use the computer to leveraging technology for
creating authentic, purposeful learning for all students. Take a look at the seven ISTE Standards for Students ( While you reflect back on current practices and the tech tools you utilize, you may discover you are
already meeting some or all of these standards.

Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. Tech Tools: Seesaw, Schoology, Canvas, Poll Everywhere

Digital Citizen

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. Tech Tools: Pixabay, Hangouts, Common Sense Education

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. Tech Tools: Flipgrid, Kahoot!,Wakelet

Innovative Designer

Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and
solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
Tech Tools: iMovie, Morphi, Merge Cube

Computational Thinker

Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. Tech Tools:, Little Bits, Raspberry Pi

Creative Communicator

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. Tech Tools: Canva, Book Creator, ThingLink

Global Collaborator

Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their
learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

Tech Tools: Google Docs, Pen Pal Schools, Google Meet

By integrating the ISTE Standards for Students, you provide a pathway for student voice, choice, and empowerment so students can achieve their educational goals. Heather Callihan
and I created an ISTE Standards for Students Wakelet to support these standards.

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