I LOVE the 2016 ISTE Student Standards! The world is changing quickly and constantly, and ISTE is several keystrokes ahead with its bold, future-ready vision: “Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape.” Feels like ISTE’s standards are alive and breathing, adapting and evolving with learning needs.

Shifting from technology standards to learning standards, ISTE elaborates: “These new standards are organic, from the field, expert informed, human focused, and aspirational.”

As an educator, I especially admire ISTE’s attention to detail in these Student Standards. I’m grateful to access support for implementing Student Standards via iste.org, through resources such as: joining the ISTE Standards Community, experiencing online PD, and researching an e-book.

A proud member of, advocate for, and 2017 presenter at the International Society for Technology in Education, I want to make sure I get these Student Standards right for my own learners and for myself professionally.

I need your help.

At first glance, I thought I was implementing student learning opportunities that fulfilled these Student Standards. Digging deeper, I unpacked so many more digital learning pathways, especially whenever ISTE tweeted thorough, research-based resources. At the heart of these Student Standards, there’s way more than meets the eye.

For example, do we really know what it means to be an empowered learner? I’ve heard so many different definitions lately! There’s a real risk that empower may become another buzz word, a caricature of itself. Therefore, I found it especially refreshing when Jody Britten of Metiri Group specified: “Within this partnership, empowered learner is defined as a student who has significant opportunities, voice and choice for purposeful engagement in deep, authentic learning.”

Now that is a bold definition! But is this really happening in our learning spaces? Like me, perhaps this definition renders you convicted, challenged, and inspired. But what if we could help each other learn and apply these well-thought standards in additional ways?

Let’s Collaborate!

To truly understand and embrace the ISTE Student Standards, educators should be researching, learning, and discussing how we’re addressing, implementing, and practicing these standards. Learners of all ages should be doing the standards and sharing their learning.

So how do we share our examples of ISTE Student Standards? Did you know? ISTE got its start from “What If…” conversations?

Here’s my: “What If…”

My “What If…” is at the 1:28:35 mark in the ISTE Ignite Sessions–Round 1 here:

My “What If…?” is also at the 3:20 mark in @aplusedtech‘s periscope here:

What If… We hashtagged our learning experiences with ISTE Student Standards?

In addition to ISTE’s wonderful library of research, PD, books, and support, educators should be sharing examples of ISTE Student Standards from their learning experiences and spaces every day. Let’s leverage the power of the hashtag. Let’s create our own archive of meaningful learning and applications of ISTE Student Standards.

How to Hashtag ISTE Student Standards

# + iste + SS + (standard number and letter) = #isteSS6d (for example).

See examples here:

#isteSS1c  #isteSS2b  #isteSS3d  #isteSS5c  #isteSS5d  #isteSS6d

Some Benefits of Hashtagging ISTE Student Standards:

  1. Start the conversation! What are the ISTE Student Standards?
  2. Increase literacy. Educators grow when they continually match specific standards to student learning experiences. I have the ISTE Student Standards linked to my phone’s home screen. There, I can access them easily for efficient citation.
  3. Recognize interdisciplinary alignment. How do these standards align with your school, district, state, or common core curricula?
  4. Realize integration opportunities. How many ways can we facilitate learning opportunities for students to become empowered learners, creative communicators, and knowledge constructors, for example?
  5. Do what’s best for students. Specifically improve, enrich, and deepen learning experiences by genuinely focusing on “significant opportunities, voice and choice for purposeful engagement in deep, authentic learning,” for example.

I’m just getting started! Am I on the right digital learning pathways so far?

Let’s share our ISTE Student Standards learning through hashtags.

Let’s create and share an archive of meaningful learning.

Let’s work together to #becomebetter for our learners.