Use the KAS Technology Standards 1

[icon name="fa-slideshare"] STANDARD 2: design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

Standards can be a great tool for teachers. They guide the curriculum and can give teachers ideas for lessons within their units. Standards for math, science, language arts, and social studies, etc. are common knowledge, but have you heard of technology standards?

Enter the ISTE Standards

Technology standards are similar in that they provide a guide for instruction, but differ in that there is one set of standards for grades K-12. The technology standards can be used as a guide, and a reminder, to try to push lessons further with the aid of technology.

ISTE stands for International Society for Technology in Education. ISTE not only does work promoting educational technology and connecting educators, but also holds one of the most regarded EdTech conferences each year. The ISTE site also has examples and ideas for lessons. In addition, ISTE has developed a set of technology standards that educators can use.

ISTE has standards for students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer science educators. Each set has several standards with subcriteria.

Developing the KAS Technology Standards

Last academic year, the Technology Department worked to adapt the ISTE Standards to KAS. The result is a set of high-quality standards that reflect the values and goals of KAS.

Using the Standards

When designing learning experiences for students …

  1. image a task you have done in the past
  2. think about how technology could make the lesson more meaningful
  3. think of a way to push the activity further with the help of the standards, or colleagues

Some examples of activities are:

Standard 1. Creativity and design

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and design products and processes using technology.

  • Acquire new knowledge independently.
  • Create original works and modify existing works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
  • Identify trends and forecast possibilities.

Grades 9-12
Design, develop, and test a digital learning game to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to curriculum content.


Standard 6. Technology operations and concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

  • Explore the capabilities and limitations of various technologies.
  • Select and use appropriate applications to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Troubleshoot various technologies.
  • Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Grades 6-8
Create original animations or videos documenting school, community, or local events.


Standard 4. Critical thinking, planning, solving, and design
Students use critical thinking skills to identify needs, plan projects, implement solutions, test and evaluate using appropriate tools and resources.

  • Identify and define needs and questions for investigation for a targeted audience.
  • Plan and design solutions.
  • Implement a solution.
  • Design testing processes, evaluate the solution, and identify possible improvements.

Grades 3-5
Select and apply digital tools to collect, organize, and analyze data to evaluate theories or test hypotheses.


A Call For Your Examples

We have begun to collect examples of ways we are integrating technology at KAS to create a scope and sequence of technology skills teachers can use to know which skills should be taught in each grade strata: PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Please help by letting us know how you integrate technology into your curriculum.

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