Sixteen years into the 21st century, the way that we look at technology in education continues to evolve.

Summer Blog post submitted by Amanda Adams

We’ve all heard phrases like “our students will have jobs that are not invented yet”. In order to address the needs of current students, ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, has updated their standards for students to match present demands. The ISTE Standards for Students have been the go-to reference for teachers all over the world when considering what students need to be able to do in relation to technology.


There are some vital shifts that have occurred over the evolution of the ISTE Student Standards. Beginning with learning to use the technology, moving on to using technology to learn, and evolving to transforming learning with technology. Now, we are in a place where tech is merely a tool, but one that can be used with incredible power! There are 7 standards stemming from these topics: empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge construction, innovative designing, computational thinking, creative communication, and global collaboration.


There are several key reasons that teachers should incorporate these concepts into their teaching as so clearly laid out in Sarah Stoekckl’s March article. The cornerstone of it stems from recognizing the way that kids interact with the world. Their lives are “no longer solely digital or physical – it is a hybrid” (Stoeckl) Hybrid, indeed! Many of our students have had a digital footprint since before they were born through their parents posting ultrasound images, so the idea of teaching them to proactively cultivate their digital lives is not far fetched in the least. I encourage you to checkout the new ISTE standards for students, consider what you are doing currently in your practice, and actively continue to move forward on this path. Many thanks to ISTE and all those that put their efforts into these new standards for providing educators with guidance!


Stoeckl, Sarah. “Five Reasons Why the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students Matter.” ISTE. N.p., 03 Mar. 2016. Web. 01 July 2016.

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