ISTE Standards

These standards by the International Society for Technology in Education push learning through technology to a level worth of the 21st Century. Focused on “transformative” use and the “pedagogy not tools”, the seven key areas of these standards recognize that “digital” shouldn’t be a sometimes applied adjective in modern day education, but a natural and integrated part of it.

A quick overview of the standard areas (which can be found here in full):

  1. Empowered Learner: This standard harks back to key independent learning themes such as self-regulation and informed decision making. Students are encouraged through these four parts to set goals, build and customize learning environments, utilize tech to demonstrate learning, and understand how to use and problem solve technological issues.
  2. Digital Citizen: Digital Citizenship is a huge part of the modern world, and these standards outline the expectations of a citizen of that world. From building an online presence to living legally and safely in the information age, these standards address it all.
  3. Knowledge Constructor: Focused around information literacy, being a knowledge constructor means that students can access, evaluate, and apply information to both complete assignments and guide their understanding of the world.
  4. Innovative Designer: Encourages that students learn to plan and utilize specific design processes, as well as practicing the development of prototypes for problem solving in a safe environment that fosters intellectual risk taking.
  5. Computational Thinker: Guides that students should use naturally use technology to collect and generate data for different issues, as a way to analyze and represent their world, empowering decision making.
  6. Creative Communicator: Illustrates the importance of communication skills in a digital age, where students can tailor and deliver messages to specific audiences and create complex visualizations to share their ideas.
  7. Global Collaborator: At the heart of it all is the interconnectedness, in the global collaborator category, students use collaborative digital tools to explore and even solve problems around the world.


ISTE has also created detailed educator standards as well, read them here.


2016 ISTE Standards for Students. (2016). Retrieved March 23, 2017, from

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