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New ISTE standards aim to develop lifelong learners

Posted on 07/05/2016

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When ISTE released its first student standards in 1998, digital technology in schools was mostly limited to a computer lab students visited once or twice a week. Technology use was primarily focused on productivity and, during school hours, students learned how to use a word processor or manipulate spread sheets.

With productivity as the driver, the first iteration of the ISTE Standards for Students focused on learning how to use technology. It wasn’t long before it was time to revisit those inaugural standards.

When the ISTE Standards were revised in 2007, mobile carts were increasingly available to teachers in the classroom, as was access to the internet. While the focus on productivity remained, the emphasis shifted to using technology to teach critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. By now, students were using technology to work on projects with each other or even with peers in other classrooms, states or countries. This second version of the standards emphasized learning with technology.

Digital technology in education continues to evolve. In fact, the changes between 2007 and 2016 are arguably even more dramatic than those that occurred between 1998 and 2007. That’s why ISTE set out once again to revise the ISTE Standards for Students.

ISTE has spent the last year engaging members and stakeholders in conversations about what should be included in the 2016 student standards. More classrooms than ever have ready access to technology, many putting devices in the hands of every student, and technology is no longer seen as optional. New designs for learning and teaching are emerging that extend beyond the classroom and support personalized learning pathways. Brain science and new technologies hold the promise for supporting enhanced human interaction and more equitable, lifelong learning opportunities across the globe.

The ISTE Standards are used throughout the world and by educators in all 50 U.S states. Additionally, at least 20 U.S. states or territories have formally adopted or adapted the ISTE Standards as part of their academic standards or curricular frameworks. The ISTE Standards are also truly global and are based on input from more than 50 countries. The standards recognize that what students need to know and do to succeed in the 21st century is increasingly more common across borders than different.

The discussion about revising the standards began last year at ISTE 2015 where attendees reviewed the 2007 standards and envisioned the future of education, work and life. ISTE also brought together a group of education influencers at the conference. Dubbed the Stakeholder Advisory Council, they provided initial, strategic insight into the refresh process.

A Technical Working Group of education professionals, including teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, consultants and administrators, provided expert insight and wordsmithing. They helped pull together the feedback data into what became preliminary versions of the first and second drafts. All told, 2,714 people from 52 countries participated in the effort, including 295 students.

ISTE blog post describes in more detail how the new 2016 standards aim to lead the next transformation of learning and teaching.

Source:ISTE Connects blog, June 27 2016 / New ISTE standards aim to develop lifelong learners External link opens in new window or tab, by Jennifer Snelling