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ISTE Standards

Education technology standards to transform learning and teaching

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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. These are not the typical boxes educators need to check. They provide a framework for rethinking education, adapting to a constantly changing technological landscape and preparing students to enter an increasingly global economy.

Empowering connected learners in a connected world

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 It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication.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 leveling the playing field and providing young people worldwide with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities.

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Looking for the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students?

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Find resources aligned to the ISTE Standards. Learn more about the ISTE Seal of Alignment program.

The ISTE Essential Conditions are the 14 conditions necessary for systems readiness. The Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool is a free tool that evaluates your system measured against the Essential Conditions.


Get the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students ebook.

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a roadmap for innovating education

Transforming education requires us to rethink how we teach and learn. The ISTE Standards act as a roadmap for bold, innovative educators and education leaders to re-engineer their schools and classrooms for digital age learning no matter where they fall on the journey to meaningful, effective ed tech integration.

  • ISTE Standards for

    As educators, students are at the center of everything we do. Our foremost goal is to prepare them for their future. The student standards describe the skills and knowledge they need to thrive, grow and contribute in a global, interconnected and constantly changing society.

  • ISTE Standards for

    Teachers have always held the key to student success. But their role is changing. The ISTE Standards for Teachers define the digital age skills and pedagogical insights educators need to teach, work and learn.

  • ISTE Standards for

    In this time of rapid change, school and district leaders are more important than ever. The ISTE Standards for Administrators guide administrators in supporting digital age learning, creating technology-rich learning environments and leading the transformation of the educational landscape.

  • ISTE Standards for

    Technology coaches help bridge the gap from where we are to where we need to be. The ISTE Standards for Coaches describe the skills and knowledge they need to support their peers in becoming digital age educators.

  • ISTE Standards for
    Computer Science Educators

    In an increasingly digital world, computer science plays a star role. The ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators describe what computer science teachers must know and be able to do to help students effectively integrate these essential concepts.