Reflection for Standards

Reflection for Standards

The time for major change in education is now. In a world where rapid advances in technology have a profound impact on the ways we work, communicate and live, education has struggled to keep pace. The ISTE Standards work together to support educators, students and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model. They provide a framework for rethinking education, adapting to a constantly changing technological landscape and preparing students to enter an increasingly global economy. As educators, we are preparing students for a future that we cannot yet imagine. Empowering students to become lifelong learners and providing them with the skills to face future challenges resourcefully and creatively is critical. It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication. It’s about levelling the playing field and providing young people worldwide with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities. The ISTE NETS Standards have two categories, the ISTE Standards for teachers and the ISTE Standards for students. The ISTE Standards for students comprises of:

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

These are standards that promote technology in education and the 24 Century skills. It also caters to the different types of multiple intelligences and learning styles. On the otherhand, Effective teachers model and apply the NETS·S as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community. All teachers should meet the following standards and performance indicators:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire student Learning and Creativity
  2. Design and Develop digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Teachers have always held the key to student success. But their role is changing. The ISTE Standards define the new skills and pedagogical insights educators need to teach, work and learn in the digital age. The teachers should ensure that they provide access for these standards in order for students to demonstrate them effectively and efficiently.  These standards have helped me significantly in the preparation of my lessons during teaching practice. It allows me to highlight the importance of technology in education.