Updating the previous 2007 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, the 2016 ISTE standards for students provides a framework for preparing students to be effective users of technology, independent learners, and problem-solvers.
Type of Material:
Ask small groups of students to examine one standard and its indicators, self-assess their competence, and develop one learning activity to help students meet that standard. Share findings and activity in class or on a discussion board.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Demonstrate competence as a:
Target Student Population:
Pre-service teachers and administrators
Library and information professional majors
Educational technology majors
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic ICT literacy and instructional design skills
The website sources provide an overview and background about the ICT standards, which were built on research and expert focus groups. As such, the information is accurate and current. The standards fit well together, and the supporting material is helpful. The standards can be addressed in several ways: both in terms of students and of educators. Links work and content is attributed appropriately.
A useful ebook for helping to get more information and implement the standards costs money to access.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The ISTE standards are essentially ICT literacy standards. The basic resources give an overview of the standards; the computational thinking standard has much additional in-depth information that builds on prior knowledge and shows developmental aspects of the standard. Instructors can build many learning activities based on the standards and their indicators. The standards can be applied to any K-12 subject domain.
In-depth information and guidance is provided by an ebook available for purchase. Depending on the instructor, the basic website might have insufficient information (other than for computational thinking) to create meaningful activities.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The number of standards is seven, with four indicators for each standard. This makes it quick to gain an overview and basic comprehension of the standards. The fact that the standards are easily viewed with or without the indicators enhances this quality. Mouse over key words highlighted in the indicators, for a definition in a pop-up window. Very intuitive, user friendly design.
The site is not very interactive.
Other Issues and Comments:
These are well thought out and nicely presented standards for 21st century learning.
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