Technology skills and standards…What are they? What do my students need to know? Is there a scope and sequence or curriculum that I should follow? What have my students learned in previous grades? What will my students need to know for the next grade? These are questions that many teachers have. I can say that I don’t have every answer to each one of these questions, but I would like to share some resources that can begin to point you in the right direction.
So on to the resources. As mentioned above, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the authority when it comes to learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The links below are all part of their site.
- ISTE Home – Learn more about the organization.
- ISTE Standards – This is the main page for all standards-related links.
- ISTE Standards for Students – Resources specific to the student standards. (Includes a Spanish version.)
- The ISTE Profiles – It’s important to remember that these profiles operate on the assumption that students have regular access to a variety of technology tools.
- NETS-S Implementation Wiki – This is a great new resource that I just came across. It contains very practical ideas of how to implement the ISTE Standards. Being that it’s a wiki, you are able to create a wiki account (or use your current account), join this wiki and offer thoughts, questions and comments to other teachers’ ideas.
- ISTE Standards for Teachers – So we’ve covered the students’ standards, interested in what’s expected of you as a teacher? ISTE has standards for teachers as well.
- ISTE Standards for Administrators – These standards help administrators support their staff.
In conclusion, your school, district or state might have a specific scope and sequence and/or set of technology standards. In many states or school districts you might also find that technology skills are embedded within other items like “21st Century Skills.” The important thing to remember about the ISTE Standards is that they encompass the student as a digital-aged learner, not someone who is creating a PowerPoint at a certain grade level. Use the ISTE Standards as a framework to help you create authentic, digital learning activities for your students.