What is ISTE?
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is a nonprofit organization that aims to change the way students learn through the utilization of different technologies.
ISTE Mission Statement:
“As the creator and steward of the definitive education technology standards, our mission is to empower learners to flourish in a connected world by cultivating a passionate professional learning community, linking educators and partners, leveraging knowledge and expertise, advocating for strategic policies, and continually improving learning and teaching.”
What are the ISTE teacher standards?
…how would I rate my skills/knowledge of each?
1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Educators are responsible for developing and modeling creative and innovative lessons for their students within the real world and the virtual world. The goal is to create an open, collaborative, problem-solving environment that allows students to reach their highest potential of understanding and utilization of creative processes.
2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
After evaluating each student’s unique learning habits and styles, provide the necessary and appropriate digital tools to best facilitate their learning. Incorporate a variety of technologies to spark creativity and allow students to take charge of their own success.
3. Model digital age work and learning
Educators must be prepared and well-versed in the technological platforms, systems, and processes they choose to use and teach. Reach out to fellow colleagues, students, parents, and community members for additional resources and support. Be able to successfully model the use of digital tools and stay up to date with current and emerging technologies.
4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
Teachers must demonstrate professional online behaviors and appropriate online etiquette to their students. The goal is for students to fully understand the “dos and don’ts” of living in a fast-paced digital age. Educate students on proper citations and copyright laws. In addition, make sure there is an equal opportunity for ALL students to access the technology.
5. Engage in professional growth and leadership
Teachers must continue to improve their current skills and stay on the cutting edge of new technologies. Participate in related community events and demonstrate leadership capabilities in terms of technology. Show students and peers how technology is revolutionizing education to increase learning and promote new forms of creativity (now and in years to come).
As a future educator, what tech tools do you plan on utilizing most in your classroom? How do you think the use of technology will benefit your students?
…Thanks for reading!