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"Providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in education."

The International Society for Technology in Education, ISTE, is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. We are dedicated to providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K–12 education and teacher education. We provide our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of incorporating computers, the Internet, and other new technologies into their schools.

Students should read the Standards for Students as well as the Codes of Conduct. 

ISTE Standards for Students

Principle I. Empowered Learner – Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. 

  1. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes. 
  2. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
  3. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. 
  4. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies. 

Principle II. Digital Citizen – Students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, and learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical. 

  1. Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world. 
  2. Students engage in positive, safe, legal, and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices. 
  3. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property. 
  4. Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online. 

Principle III. Knowledge Constructor – Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. 

  1. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
  2. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility, and relevance of information, media, data, or other resources.
  3. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions. 
  4. Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories, and pursuing answers and solutions. 

Principle IV. Innovative Designer – Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful, or imaginative solutions.

  1. Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts, or solving authentic problems.
  2. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  3. Students develop, test, and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
  4. Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance, and the capacity to work with open-ended problems. 

Principle V. Computational Thinker – Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. 

  1. Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models, and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions. 
  2. Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making. 
  3. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving. 
  4. Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions. 

Principle VI. Creative Communicator – Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to their goals. 

  1. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  2. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations. 
  3. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models, or simulations. 
  4. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences. 

Principle VII. Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. 

  1. Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning. 
  2. Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts, or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints. 
  3. Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal. 
  4. Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions. 



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