ISTE Standards in Biology Lessons

One of the assignments that I was required to complete for a class was to design, or redesign 7 lessons in our field, one to go with each of the ISTE student standards.  The assignment targeted ISTE educator standards 3a., 3c., and 5d.  *I’ve listed those standards at the end of this post.  I chose to include this assignment as a post on the blog because I really became engaged with the standards.  There are not a lot of places on the web where this kind of work is available yet.  I really had to think hard about the digital tools I was including and how to transfer my knowledge to new technological tools.  I did end up using media and formats that I had never used before to communicate relevant information to the students. And as I learned about these tools, I saw that they helped streamline some teaching tasks which allowed for teachers to focus on mining deeper connections with students.

I’ve created a Blendspace for my lesson materials so they can be of use or tweaked.  It would be great to start an online resource for ISTE standard aligned lessons.

My great revelation as a result of doing this assignment is that I came to the realization that the standards work well together.  It really is not difficult to create lessons that incorporate 2-3 ISTE standards for students!

The challenge in doing an assignment such as this is that it does take an investment of time to learn new technologies and understand how to use them effectively.  Whenever you change technologies, you need to learn a new set of terms.  And you need to focus on what is gained in the transfer to tech, even though there may be something you need to let go of as a result of the change.

The lessons in the Blendspace can be used in middle school life science class or high school biology class.  They are mostly projects, although one is a computer simulation, that can be used with laptops, IPADs or other mobile devices.


*Std. 3.a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
*Std. 3.c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.
*Std. 5.d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.


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