Inspiring students starts with inspired teachers.

Teaching students to use technology responsibly to communicate, solve problems, and acquire lifelong knowledge and skills means infusing these practices into core subjects such as math, science, reading and writing.

Make sure core subjects emphasize technology literacy abilities such as identifying and solving problems, listening, and speaking and writing. Create regular opportunities to use technology to develop skills that encourage personal productivity, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.

Looking for more specifics? ISTE provides standards for teachers to help design and assess instruction that engages students and improves learning. For example:

  • Encourage students to do more work collaborating with peers.
  • Require students to conduct in-depth research and present it orally.
  • Use student work to illustrate proficiency.
  • Plan opportunities for learners to use descriptive feedback.
  • Engage learners in assessing their own learning.
  • Support learners in monitoring their own progress toward learning goals.
  • Provide students with multiple and varied assessments aligned to technology literacy standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
  • Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
  • Collaborate with students, peers, parents and community members using digital tools and resources.

To see how your colleagues are using technology literacy in classrooms, visit ISTE’s From Paper to Practice video series or the implementation wiki on standards for students.

Technology-literate learners Lesson plans