ISTE Meet the Standards

In this first piece, you will get a chance to meet the ISTE Educator Standards. We'll start with a short reflection activity and then dig deeper into the standards with a drawing activity.

Activity #1: Reflection

In this activity, you will have the opportunity to reflect on various aspects of the ISTE Standards for Educators as individuals, then discuss your thoughts as a team.

"Reflection is essential for bringing understanding to the complex nature of classrooms" (Source: A Study on Reflection as a Source of Teacher Development).

It's one thing to read a set of educator standards. It's another thing to put them into practice as a classroom professional (adapted from ISTE Standards for Educators guide). One way of achieving that is to reflect on what we learn and do after we put it into practice.


  1. Get into groups and come up with a team name.
  2. Watch ONE of the two video options below with your team:
  3. As you watch the video, reflect on the questions below (you can use this visual aid to organize your individual thoughts):
    • What benefits are there for putting a common set of standards for technology integration in place?
    • What has been your experience with ISTE standards?
    • How would you use the ISTE Standards to guide and assess your own work?
  4. Select a recorder to enter your team’s reflections on the appropriate Google Doc below:
  5. Select a spokesperson to share out and expand on what you wrote.

Activity #2: Draw the Standards

Goal: To get a deeper understanding of the ISTE Standards via a visual representation of them.

In this activity, we'll dig deeper into the educator standards by creating a pictorial, or visual, representation of key ideas expressed in the standards. In Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Checkpoint 2.5 suggests we encourage students to learn to "Illustrate through multiple media."

Text, a weak format for presenting concepts, often dominates classroom materials. For learners who have text- or language-related disabilities, it may be ineffective. One way to overcome that is to provide alternative activities that involve processing information via illustrations, simulations, images or interactive graphics.

Quick Check: Fist to Five

Step 1: Group Up

  • Divide into 7 groups that align to each of the Standards shown below:
          • Group 1 - Learner
          • Group 2 - Leader
          • Group 3 - Citizen
          • Group 4 - Collaborator
          • Group 5 - Designer
          • Group 6 - Facilitator
          • Group 7 - Analyst

Step 2: Discuss

  • Introduce yourself to the group.
  • Review your standard.
  • Share personal experiences that are aligned to the indicator(s).

Step 3: Draw

Using AutoDraw, draw a picture for these three things:

1. Enhance - How does the standard enhance your students' learning experience(s)?

2. Obstacles- What obstacles might exist to accomplishing the indicators?

3. Wrap Up - How would you summarize the standard?

Don't be afraid to further illustrate key ideas and your group's responses.

Step 4: Record and Share

  1. Pick a spokesperson for your group. You will have 3 minutes to share.
  2. Record your presentation to Flipgrid
    • Flipgrid Code: 80b6df3a - password (if any): tcea
    • Make sure to show your chart.
    • Make sure you find a quiet spot to record.
    • Note: You may want to practice recording to Flipgrid using the front-facing camera and speak in a loud voice. You can leave the room to record.

Step 5: Share

  1. Each participant will choose two Flipgrids to watch.

2. Comment on each of the two Flipgrids sharing what resonated with you.