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ISTE Standards: Preparing students for the digital age

By Nicole Krueger
January 9, 2015
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Students expect technology to be embedded in their learning process. Yet understanding what technology integration is and recognizing what it actually looks like are two different things. To truly prepare kids for success in a digital world, educators need a common language for sharing ideas and best practices.

That’s what makes the ISTE Standards, developed by ed tech experts and adopted worldwide, so powerful. They provide a shared vision for digital age learning around which educators everywhere can rally.

“Teachers really struggle to understand the difference between teaching technology and integrating technology,” said LeeAnn Lindsey, technology infusion and professional development coordinator from Phoenix, Arizona. “What the standards do is to help articulate what technology integration is and what technology integration is not.”

For schools and districts just starting out on the path to tech integration, the idea that there’s more to it than simply purchasing equipment can be intimidating. That’s why it’s helpful to have a roadmap to follow as you make the transition. Along with the 14 ISTE Essential Conditions for effectivetoday's teachers are preparing kids for a future we can't even begin to imagine technology integration, each set of ISTE Standards works together to support students, educators and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills, knowledge and approaches they need to succeed in the digital age.

“The ISTE Standards continue to be aspirational,” said Wendy Drexler, ISTE’s chief innovation officer. “They cross all grade levels and all subject areas. It’s helpful to start with the ISTE Standards for Students and review each of the indicators to thoughtfully assess how students are practicing these processes in the classroom and across your school or district.”

Below, educators share their insights into how the ISTE Standards are helping them guide systemwide change, design instruction for the digital age and prepare students for an inconceivable future.

Are you ready to implement the ISTE Standards? Gauge your technology readiness and create a roadmap for success with the Lead & Transform movement.

Nicole Krueger is ISTE's inbound content strategist and lead blogger for the ISTE Connects blog. A former journalist, she has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and professional blogger.