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Casey Cangelosi

The Role of the Educator and Technology Integration


3/21/19
Among my first impressions of both standards, what I noticed is that the Missouri

Learning Standards is neatly divided into grade levels and “course-specific objectives”

(Missouri). This differs from the standards outlined on the ISTE-S and ISTE-E pages which are

generalized topics for all age groups in all subjects (ISTE). The documents provided on the

Missouri Learning Standards page is geared towards a parent/teacher demographic (Missouri).

The ISTE-S page takes a different approach to outlining educational technology standards, the

entire page being dedicated to the student demographic (ISTE-S).

Despite the differences in the way that the standards are presented, they are, at their core,

very similar in what they hope to achieve. Most references to technology can be found under the

Computer Science tab on the Missouri Learning Standards page. According to section 5b on the

ISTE-S page, students should be expected to collect, analyze, and problem solve using digital

tools and come to definite conclusions (ISTE-S). Comparatively, the Missouri Standards,

according to the Computer Science portion, says that students, in general, should be expected to

collect data, organize it, and present comparisons, support a claim, or otherwise draw a

reasonable conclusion (Missouri). Both lists of standards stress the importance of knowing how

to conduct oneself when using the internet, in other words, how to be a citizen of the internet.

For example, both ISTE sites have a section dedicated to lessons over how to conduct oneself

while using the internet to limit risky, illegal, or unsafe activities while using the internet. For the

ISTE-S, this is Section 2b (ISTE-S). For the ISTE-E, this is Section 3c (ISTE-E). Very similar

standards can be found in the Missouri Learning Standards in the section “Networks & the

Internet”, more specifically under the Cybersecurity topic. Overall, there are plenty of other

similarities that can’t be listed for the sake of brevity. The Missouri Standards definitely go more

in-depth as far as specificity in lessons.


The possible activities the performance indicators represent, will be, to start, from the

Educator Standards. Standard 1c is as follows: “Stay current with research that supports

improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.” A perfect

activity for this would be teaching about the different uses and purposes of student emails in

order to keep up with current happenings. Standard 3b talks about establishing a ‘learning culture

that promotes curiosity’. This class provides a good example of this through the use of our Cyber

Café on the Discussion Board which allows us to share and ask questions about various topics

not necessarily pertinent to the class which can inspire further research beyond the limits of the

expectations of our curriculum. Going back to 3c, as previously mentioned, this standard calls

for the mentoring of students in online security. In the past, an example that I experienced was

that we, as students, were typically shown a documentary or short video on the lasting or

troublesome effects that misuse of the internet can bring on a person. The same can be said about

3d which is very similar in subject matter but instead dealing with personal data management. A

fourth example can be found in 5a which calls for diverse methods of learning through the use of

technology to broaden the probability of success. To do this, a perfect example would be in

providing many different methods of studying/learning the subject matter such as online quizzes,

softwares, and programs. Not only does this imbue a sense of independent learning, but also

lends a hand to those with different learning methods. Finally, standard 6c calls for the creation

of learning opportunities to engage in problem solving that they can formulate and organize data.

This can be as simple as having them put their browser to use in order to find statistics or polls

and come to a reasonable conclusion.

As a student, there are also plenty of activities one could find represented in these

standards. Standard 1c suggests that students should use technology to acquire feedback in
multiple ways. It’s suggested on this page that this could be done by having activities such as

creating research papers, or portfolios much like in this class. Standard 2c advocates for the

acknowledgement of intellectual property and its legal uses. This can be done with a simple

copyright lesson or exercise/worksheet over what is considered intellectual property and what is

subject to free use. Standard 3a calls for the employment of effective research strategies which

can be taken care of with an activity involving finding a certain book in the library or instruction

on acquiring a relevant article using a database. Calling back on standard 5b as described

previously, this standard deals with using data to problem solve with the aid of technology. This

can be anything from applying statistics to a visual representation such as a line, bar, or pie

graph/chart to prove a claim. Finally, 6d describes having students translate and present content

through a customized message/medium in order to present it to different audiences. This can be

something as simple as simplifying an otherwise complex concept in a way that children can

comprehend.

Questions

1. I’m very aware of how often the Missouri Learning Standards are used here in Missouri,

but are other states just as vigorous in their personal standards?

2. How often are these standards altered, changed, or fixed? (Both in Missouri and the

ISTE)

3. Do all states use the ISTE standards as guidelines when creating their own standards?

4. Are there any issues or problems that people find with these standards? Not in a general

sense, but do people have issues with having standards in the first place?
Citations

ISTE. (n.d.). Standards for Students. Retrieved March 21, 2019, from

https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students

ISTE. (n.d.). Standards for Educators. Retrieved March 21, 2019, from

https://www.iste.org/standards/for-educators

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. (2018, September 24). Missouri Learning

Standards. Retrieved March 21, 2019, from https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-

readiness/curriculum/missouri-learning-standards#mini-panel-mls-standards6