ISTE Standards for Students

  • ISTE Standards for Students are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world. Simply being able to use technology is no longer enough. Today's students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn and explore. Digital age skills are vital for preparing students to work, live and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities. ISTE offers a host of free resources to help teachers and administrators learn about the ISTE Standards and how to use them.

    1. Creativity and innovation

    Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
    1. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
    2. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
    3. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
    4. Identify trends and forecast possibilities

    2. Communication and collaboration

    Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
    1. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
    2. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
    3. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
    4. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

    3. Research and information fluency

    Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
    1. Plan strategies to guide inquiry
    2. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
    3. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
    4. Process data and report results

    4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making

    Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
    1. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
    2. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
    3. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions
    4. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions

    5. Digital citizenship

    Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
    1. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
    2. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
    3. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
    4. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

    6. Technology operations and concepts

    Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
    1. Understand and use technology systems
    2. Select and use applications effectively and productively
    3. Troubleshoot systems and applications
    4. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies