21st Century Students: Skills and Fluencies

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Since the publication of the first version of this post  back in 2015, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has changed its students standards list and came up with what appears to be a more detailed framework comprising various skills and competencies students need to develop in order to thrive in the 21st century classrooms. 


21st century students



In a nutshell, the new list of ISTE students standards include the following: Empowered-learner, Digital citizen, Knowledge constructor, Innovative designer, Computational thinker, Creative communicator, and Global collaborator.  Each of these standards is broken down into numerous mini-standards which you can learn more about in their page. ISTE even offers a practical eBook to help you apply these students standards in your classroom. You can access the eBook in their Students Standards page.

I kept the list of the old standards below. I tried to find a link to an ISTE page where they were initially published but to no avail. Unfortunately, old links were taken down. If any of you have any idea where I can find the links, please share with us on social media or through my email (info@educatorstechnology.com).

I kept the old list of ISTE standards so that you can compare and draw conclusions regarding what changed and why and how the new ISTE list of students standards reflect the changing learning landscape within our classroom.s 


1 - Creativity and innovation
“Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology”.

2- Communication and collaboration
“Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others”.

3- Research and Information fluency
“Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.”

4- Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
“Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources”.

5- Digital citizenship
“Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.”

6- Technology operations and concepts
“Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.”