ISTE-Teacher Standards

ISTE-Teacher Technology Standards

Effective teachers model and apply the ISTE Standards for Students (Standards•S) as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community. All teachers should meet these standards and performance indicators.

Throughout your 21things4teachers learning journey you will experience resources and techniques where the ISTE-T standards and best practice strategies form a framework for your learning.


1. View the ISTE-Teacher Standards

Note: If you want to download the .pdf standards document, click on the Download button on the ISTE site below the document on their page, and login or create a free account.

The International Society for Technology in Education created the ISTE Standards for Teachers in 2008. The emphasis is on using technology to learn and teach.

The purpose of ISTE Standards•T is to:

  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  • Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessment
  • Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
  • Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  • Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

2. How do I rate my Proficiency at meeting ISTE-T?

The following scale is a preview of the one that was developed by the 21things Project team in 2008 (McCarthy, Miracola, Parker-Moore, White) to assist educators in determining technology proficiency for each Thing, based on the ISTE-Standards for Teachers, Administrators, and Students. Use the rubric in your 21t4 Basics document to rate your current proficiency.

21t4Basics Assignment: You are asked to identify How I would rate myself based on the ISTE-Teacher Standards at this point using the 5 point scale.


reminder  Complete the Basics Document for this section.

Review the ISTE-T Standards and reflect on how your teaching meets the ISTE-T Standards and Performance Indicators.  

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