Rank the ISTE Standard for Students

I was tasked with responding to the following question in the cohort to obtain my certification as a Technology Integration Specialist from the West Virginia Department of Education.

“Rank the ISTE Standards for Students in order of importance to you.


We know that all six standards are very important, but it’s very common for educators to connect with one or two of the standards more so than the others. So, which standards do you value the most?” 

My response was as follows:

This task has been one that I have spent several days thinking about and examining. Ranking these standards has proven to be a difficult task, but I was finally able to come up with a list that I feel comfortable sharing.

  1. Digital Citizenship – Digital Citizenship has become one of my big issues in education lately. I work hard to try to show our students how to be great digital citizens. I know that I failed at this when I was younger with the advent of file sharing and the explosion of Internet access. I do not want to see our kids fall into the same traps that we did and risk getting themselves in trouble. It goes much deepeer than that, but I don’t want to hop on a soapbox in this posting.
  2. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making – Without the ability to think critcally through a task or problem, our students will not be able to make it through the tough items they will face in their futures.
  3. Communication and Collaboration – Working together is a strong skill to have in the workplace. If you are unwilling to do so, you will not thrive in that setting.
  4. Creativity and Innovation – The generation of new ideas is what helps us to continue to grow as humans. If it wasn’t for creativity and innovation we would still be walking or riding horse everywhere.
  5. Research and Information Fluency – To take the tools that we prepare them with and use them to find new information and keep it organized it tremendous. I wish someone had been able to teach me that when I was younger instead of finding ways to do it now on my own.
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts – Not everyone is cut out to be a “tech guru,” but we can at least prepare them figure out the basics on their own.

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