Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Things You Need to Know About the New ISTE Standards

Empowered. That is the word that describes how I felt when Jennie Magiera’s ISTE 2017 keynote had finished today. And maybe a little sad, all-right a lot sad that I was not at ISTE. I wouldn’t even have had the opportunity to experience her powerful message of stories, told and untold, if it were not for technology.

While #notatiste, I was thankful for the opportunity of watching #ISTE17 through a live feed by EdTechTeam. The irony was not lost on me that I was watching the keynote with the help of technology about the power of technology to share stories. It was then that I made the connection to myself as a learner and educator reflected in the inspirational story delivered by Jennie Magiera. I was hearing her story because a) she was brave enough to share it and b) the potential of technology was underscored in her ability to reach, inspire and positively impact thousands of viewers. With the newly updated release of ISTE Standards for Educators, it was only fitting that they reflect an evolving message of empowering students and teachers to utilize technology as a change agent.


On June 25th, the International Society for Technology in Education released an updated version of the ISTE Standards for Educators. Here are a few things you need to know:

*Moving from content-driven to focusing on technology that amplifies the learner experience and next generation learning environments

*ISTE received feedback from over 2,200 educators and administrators around the globe

*A dedication to the promise technology has for empowering learners and teachers

*A roadmap to help support educators to transform pedagogy with technology

*Utilize technology to maximize learning for all students by providing choice and intentional educator design

The seven Educator Standards are:

1. Learner - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

2. Leader - Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and improve teaching and learning.

3. Citizen - Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.

4. Collaborator - Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems.

5. Designer - Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.

6. Facilitator - Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students.

7. Analyst - Educators understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals.


View the full Educator Standards and their indicators here

View the full Student Standards (updated in 2016) and their indicators here

Find more information here about the Administrator Standards which will be released in June 2018

I am excited to dive into a framework that can help support myself and the teachers and students I work alongside on a daily basis. As technology evolves at an exponential pace, I can’t help but revisit Jennie Magiera’s message of how technology can be used as a powerful communication tool. How do these revised standards impact our work and the potential untold stories of our students?



Gail Moore
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Vancouver Public Schools
Vancouver, Washington
Google Certified Educator & Trainer
Twitter: @gailkmoore




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