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Digital competence frameworks for teachers, learners and citizens

These pages are dedicated to defining and discussing the digital knowledge, skills and attitudes viewed as inherent to being digitally 'competent'. There are two main components to this work:

1) a database of digital competence frameworks. This database provides a global reference point for information on how digital competencies are being defined for citizens, learners and educators through the use of competence frameworks. The content is relevant to all types of UNEVOC Network members (national and international policy-makers, researchers and practitioners)

2) links to articles and think-pieces discussing the many implications of changing digital skills needs on TVET provision:

The database will be expanded to include digital strategies developed at continental, national and regional level, and occupational digital competence frameworks. Please check back regularly!

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The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for students

ISTE standards are defined for students, educators and education leaders as well as for coaches and for computational thinking. The student section is designed to empower students in the classroom. The educators' section is designed to deepen practice, promote collaboration with peers, challenge a rethink of traditional approaches and to prepare students to drive their own learning. The educator leaders' section is designed to support the knowledge and behaviours required for leaders to empower teachers and make student learning possible.



PUBLISHER: ISTE, Global, 2018

BACKGROUND: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a US based organisation which brings together global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. The ISTE standards have been developed over a 20 year period with frequent updating. The ISTE standards are segmented according to the needs of four different target groups: students, educators; education leaders and coaches. An additional set of standards has been set for computational thinking.

SUMMARY: The ISTE Standards for students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process to prepare students to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. They describe the skills and knowledge students need to thrive, grow and contribute in global interconnected and constantly changing society. They are structured as follows: 1.1 Empowered Learner 1.2 Digital citizen 1.3 Knowledge constructor 1.4 Innovative Designer 1.5 Computational Thinker 1.6 Creative Communicator 1.7 Global Collaborator The ISTE Standards for educators are designed to deepen educator practice, promote colloboration with peers, challenge a rethink of traditional approaches and prepare students to drive their own learning. They define the digital age skills and pedagogical insights educators need to teach, work and learn. They are structured as follows: 2.1 Learner 2.2 Leader 2.3 Citizen 2.4 Collaborator 2.5 Designer 2.6 Facilitator 2.7 Analyst The ISTE Standards for education leaders (administrators) are designed to support the implementation of the ISTE Standards for Students and the ISTE Standards for Educators and for guiding digital age learning. It targets the knowledge and behaviours required for leaders to empower teachers and make student learning possible. They target supporting learning, creating technologiy-rich learning environments and leading the transformation of the education landscape. They are structured as follows: 3.1 Equity and Citizenship Advocate 3.2 Visionary Planner 3.3 Empowering Leader 3.4 Systems Designer 3.5 Connected Learner Each of these standards in each framework are further defined by 4 sub-categories of demonstrable skills and competences. For each sub-category there are examples of activities within each of the standards in action available via youtube. There is a strong emphasis on developing digital citizens, leadership and creativity skills for each group.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ISTE standards have been adopted in all 50 U.S. states and many countries throughout the world. Aligned to UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals, the standards are available in eight languages. For the standards, there are guidelines to integrate them as part of: - educational planning at school, local, regional levels; - to guide professional development and teacher preparation; - to map curriculum and integrate technology into lesson designs and planning; - as part of learning management systems

TARGET GROUP(S): Teachers/trainers; Learners; Training providers; Curriculum Developers; Policy makers

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UNESCO-UNEVOC gathered inputs from organizations leading on the development of digital competence frameworks at the country and international level, and presented them in a webinar on 9 June.

More information on the webinar



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