Mary M Best Prep Standards August 2010

Mary Mehsikomer, Network Coordinator
NW-LINKS/Region 1
August 2010
 Who I am and why I am here
 What is information and technology literacy?
 Who is the 21st Century Student?
 Where are the standards and what influences them?
 Why are they important?
 Discussion/Questions
 Resources and Further Reading
What is information and technology literacy?
 The ability to find, interpret, and use information effectively
 The ability to develop questions, identify problems, find
solutions, and generate new ideas
 The understanding that information is presented in different
media formats and how to validate information validity
 The understanding of how the research process is a
continuous cycle that plays a role in both academic and daily
 The ability to use technology tools to find, interpret and use
information for communication, collaboration, and learning
Who is the 21st century student?
 Born 1990 or after
 Grew up with rapidly changing technology (new
devices do not phase them)
Experienced with multi-media, online applications
Multi-tasking maniac
Very comfortable with virtual relationships
Different brains
View the world first-hand and in the moment
How do 21st century students
want to be educated?
From Teaching Digital Natives, Marc Prensky, 2010
 They do not want to be lectured
 They want to be respected, trusted, and to have their opinions
They want to learn about their passions and interests
They want to create and use up-to-date tools to create
They want to work and collaborate with their peers
They want to make decisions and share control of their learning
They want to connect with peers to express their opinions and
share their views both within and outside of their community
They want to cooperate and compete with each other
They want relevant education, but more importantly, want their
education to be REAL
What do they need?
 To learn balance
 To learn how to multi-task effectively
 To learn when single-tasking is important and how to
do it
 To build content knowledge (despite the fact they can
Google everything)
 To be discerning, ethical users of information
 Understanding – there is a greater “generation gap”
than ever before
Ponder this…
From Understanding the Digital Generation by Ian Jukes, Ted McCain, Lee Crocket, 2010
 How has YOUR world changed in the past 30 years?
 What technology do you use today that you didn’t have
20 years ago or even 10 years ago?
 How many of those new technologies can you now
carry with you?
 How has the digital landscape impacted you, your
family, your community, and your workplace?
 What characteristics of 21st century students do you
see in your schools?
21ST Century Skills Partnership
 Integrated model of “soft skills” and core subjects
 Emphasize core subjects
 Emphasize learning skills – teach kids “how” to learn
 Use 21st century tools (technology) to develop learning
 Teach and learn in a 21st century context – real world,
 Use 21st century assessments that measure 21st century
Example: Old (1998) ISTE vs. New
ISTE (2007)
 1998 ISTE-NETS Standards for Students
 Basic technology operations and concepts
 Social ethical, and human issues
 Technology productivity tools
 Technology communications tools
 Technology research tools
 Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
 2007 ISTE Standards for Students
 Creativity and Innovation
 Communication and Collaboration
 Research and Information Fluency
 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision
 Digital Citizenship
 Technology Operations and Concepts
ISTE for Teachers
 Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
 Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences
and Assessments
 Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
 Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and
 Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
ISTE for Administrators
 Visionary Leadership
 Digital-Age Learning Culture
 Excellence in Professional Practice
 Systemic Improvement
 Digital Citizenship
Minnesota Laws of 2006 – Chapter 263
“The commissioner of education must revise and
appropriately embed technology and information
literacy standards consistent with recommendations
from school media specialists into the state’s academic
standards and graduation requirements…”
How are standards committees embedding information
and technology literacy?
 Practical approach to embed information and
technology literacy within content areas
 Bring practicing school library media specialists in
to help
 Once the basic draft standards are established –
find the place for the “hooks”
 Content experts may have additional suggestions
Issues and concerns with this
 Standards committees are challenged in doing this
What about content areas in which it is difficult to find
the “hooks”
How are teachers going to learn how to teach the skills
What about the wide range of access to technology
tools that exists in our schools
How will these skills be assessed?
Information literacy competes with other benchmarks
included – college readiness and reading
2009 MEMO Standards for
Information & Technology Literacy
 Four strands
Inquiry and Research
Expanding Literacies
Technology Use and Concepts
Ethical Participation in a Global Society
 Modeled on format of state academic standards
 Based on 2007 ISTE, 2009 AASL, and 21st Century
Skills Partnership Framework
School Districts
 Adopt and/or adapt a set of information technology
literacy standards that works for your curriculum
Figure out if your school is better positioned to embed
or teach separately or both
Bring the information and technology literacy
standards to the table each time curriculum is revised
Involve your school media specialists
Assess technology access and plan accordingly
Why is information and technology
literacy important?
 Incorporates skills students need to succeed
academically, professionally and personally
Businesses tell us students come to them without
these skills
Higher education institutions tell us the same
Students spending time and money to build these
skills in remediation
We are in a global economy where innovation is what
will keep us competitive
Resources and Additional Reading
 MEMO 2009 Information & Technology Standards
 ISTE Standards
 Partnership for 21st Century Skills
 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times
 Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
2009, Jossey-Bass
Resources and AdditionalReading
 Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and
Learning in the New Digital Landscape
 Ian Jukes, Ted McCain, Lee Crockett
2o1o, Corwin Press
 Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning
 Marc Prensky
2010, Corwin Press
Thank you!
Mary Mehsikomer
Network Coordinator
NW-LINKS/Region 1
(218) 284-3117