The International Society for Technology in Education is updating its educational technology standards for students and is inviting feedback from educators on proposed changes.
Globalization, increased business competition from countries such as China and India, and the evolving nature of technology itself are some of the reasons why the Eugene, Ore.-based nonprofit group decided to draft a new set of standards.
The ISTE released its current standards, on which the new draft standards are based, in 1998.
One standard that would be brand-new under the proposed revisions would focus on creativity and innovation.
Under the overall theme “What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world,” the draft standard states that students should be able to “think creatively, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products using technology.”
This winter and spring, the ISTE is holding meetings to seek input during several conferences on educational technology and on mathematics and science education.
Those include the California Computer-Using Educators Conference in Palm Springs, Calif., which was held on March 1, and the National Science Teachers Association conference in St. Louis, slated for March 29. Educators can also submit their comments online.
The ISTE is scheduled to release the new standards at the National Education Computing Conference, to be held in Atlanta in June.
For more information, view the National Educational Technology Standards Project.
A version of this article appeared in the March 14, 2007 edition of Education Week