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Adopting the ISTE Standards

ISTE provides robust support to help educators adopt and successfully leverage the ISTE Standards to advance teaching and learning with technology.

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The ISTE Standards are a framework that guides educators, leaders and coaches in using technology to create high-impact, sustainable, scalable and equitable learning experiences. They clearly identify the competencies needed for learning, teaching and leading with digital pedagogy.

Adopted in all 50 U.S. states and many countries worldwide, they are available in nine languages.

Here’s how ISTE helps educators successfully leverage the standards:

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By providing the ISTE Essential Conditions for Effective Tech Use in Schools.

These are the elements deemed essential for leveraging technology to support learning. Research-backed and focused on systemwide change, the Essential Conditions are a road map that guide standards implementation.

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By ensuring the ISTE Standards can be adopted and implemented by education systems worldwide.

Educators, leaders and policymakers worldwide have localized the standards to meet the needs of their students and the visions, goals and objectives of their organizations.

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By aligning the ISTE Standards to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ISTE Standards aren’t a one-off framework. They interconnect with the SDG 4: Quality Education.

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By allowing full access to the standards, often at no charge, through permissions and licensing.

ISTE encourages free use of the ISTE Standards for noncommercial educational purposes under our permitted educational use agreement. We also assist those who want to include the standards in publications or use them commercially.

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