Module 4. Emerging Standards

This module provides an introduction to important skills that students need to succeed in a digitally-connected world.

This module addresses the following standards:

  • The online teacher understands the current standards for best practices in online teaching and learning. OTE.1.K.1
  • The online teacher understands the role of online teaching in preparing students for the global community of the future. OTE.1.K.2
  • The online teacher knows how educational standards and curriculum align with 21st century skills. OTE.9.K.2

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Addressing Students' Needs in an Evolving World

Watch this video from Tony Wagner of Harvard University, and consider the following:

  • How can we prepare students to develop these seven (7) skills?
  • How can online education help prepare students for "what's really important in today's world"?


State Legislation and Online Learning

Read pages 7 - 11 and pages 36 - 44 of Digital Learning Now!'s Digital Learning Report Card 2012, and consider the following:

  • How are governmental agencies responding to online learning trends?
  • What is some of the rhetoric supporting or opposing these trends?
  • What is going on in your state in this regard?

Read the Article (Click on View Full Report)

Additionally, explore the interactive map, and consider:

  • How does your state fare (or how do states generally fare) in this report's estimation?
  • Do you think the 10 elements that states are graded on are fair and valuable?

Explore the Interactive Map

ISTE Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has developed a series of technology standards for teachers (ISTE Standards-T), students (ISTE Standards-S), Administrators (ISTE Standards-A), and others.  Explore these standards, especially the teacher and student standards, and consider:

  • What are the most important skills, attitudes, and competencies for students to gain today?
  • What are the most important skills, attitudes, and competencies for teachers to gain today?
  • What would you add to these lists?
  • What might you take away?
  • Are these standards understandable or confusing?

Explore ISTE Standards - S

Explore ISTE Standards - T

Common Core Technology Standards

Unlike many previous state-level standards and the ISTE Standards, Common Core Standards embed technology components into subject area standards.  Explore this list of Common Core English Language Arts standards that incorporate technology, and consider:

  • What are the pros and cons of weaving technology standards into content area standards (instead of having them separate like the ISTE Standards)?

Explore the Common Core ELA Technology Standards

Discussion and Reflection Questions

  • What digital age skills, attitudes, and competencies should students develop to succeed in today's world?
  • What digital age skills, attitudes, and competencies should teachers develop to engage and effectively teach their students today?
  • How is the teaching profession changing?
  • What role do (or should) governmental agencies and third-party groups play in regulating and supporting online learning?