Creating Lesson Plans: Content and Standards

Welcome to Module 1: Teaching with Technology Standards

By the end of this lesson you will be able to

  • locate the appropriate technology standards for your grade level and  subject matter
  • Match appropriate technology standards to you grade level and subject matter

As educators, we are not new to the idea of standards.  In this module you are going to be introduced to a few of the Educational Technology Standards that are out there.  We encourage you to seek out your state’s technology standards as well.  This module will help bring to light the importance of Technology Standards as well as help show that these standards do not replace old standards or ways of teaching.  Through this module, we will show how these technology standards can be combined with the everyday classroom standards and can work with them to create an educational support system for our 21st Century students.

Review this video about using technology in the classroom

Introduction to the Importance of Technology in the Classroom
We are living in the digital age where everything is becoming computerized and technology is growing as fast as people can think up new ideas.  The children of the world are “plugging in” at younger and younger ages.  Technology is a big part of life in the 21st Century.  Technology is no longer just a part of a child’s recreational life, it is extremely vital to their success in the real world.  It can be just as important and helpful in school.  As teachers, it is our job to reach students with techniques and strategies they understand and technology can help us do that.  The goal for the IDT Badge is to help you understand the value of integrating educational technology in your teaching and to gain the confidence and the practice in doing so. With technology we can reach  students at a level they find interesting, teaching them skills necessary in the real world beyond their school days.

Every child in the U.S. needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders. There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces. To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs:

The 3Rs include:

  • Core content, including English, reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics; government; economics; arts; history; and geography.

The 4Cs include:

  • Critical thinking & problem solving; Communication, Collaboration; Creativity & innovation.

As the 3Rs serve as an umbrella for other subjects and core content, the 4Cs are a shorthand for all the skills needed for success in college, career, and life.

Planning with Technology Standards
As we can see, the need for integrating technology in school is important to the future success of our students.  As teachers we can teach technology skills in our own content lessons  and slowly build on those skills necessary for working in the 21st Century workplace.  It is easy to rationalize and document the use of technology in our classroom as  technology standards have been written for us by various agencies.  State Boards are even starting to create their own technology standards.  Your own state’s list of standards is probably a great place to start.  After that, there are other resources available which are loaded with additional standards, tips, and help for teaching with technology.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)  is the leading national organization advocating for 21st century readiness for every student. P21 brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers who believe that our education system must equip students with rigorous academic coursework and the skills to be successful employees and citizens. You can find information about the P21 standards and other information here.

Elements of Learning
The six elements of 21st century learning are:

  1. Emphasize core subjects
  2. Emphasize learning skills
  3. Use 21st century tools to develop learning skills
  4. Teach and learn in a 21st century context
  5. Teach and learn new 21st century content
  6. Use 21st century assessments that measure core subjects and 21st century skill

These 6 elements can be seen in the P21 Framework that has been created as a support system for teaching with technology.  “The key elements of 21st century learning are represented in the graphic and descriptions below. The graphic represents both 21st century student outcomes (as represented by the arches of the rainbow) and 21st century learning support systems (as represented by the pools at the bottom).” This Framework presents us with a blended view of teaching that combines specific skills, content knowledge, expertise, and literacies.  The framework also helps us to focus on the student outcomes and multidimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.

P21 Resources

You can learn more about the P21 Framework by reviewing this information.

International Society for Technology in Education
Another great resource for technology standards is the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This site provides standards not just for the students, but also for the teachersadministrators, and even coaches.  These teacher standards are helpful in understanding what needs to be taught  and how we can better facilitate while teaching with technology.  More information about ISTE can be found here site.