2.1: Learner

Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. Educators:

a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
b. Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

The first ISTE Educator standard is one of my favorites. Digital education and technology lends itself to such an amazing range of possibilities. We can quite literally burst open the flood gates of knowledge by utilizing digital education. Often we hear educators reference themselves as life-long learners, and this is really a huge goal of the ISTE Educator standards. The first step of engaging in ed tech is to place yourself in the position of the learner. The “learner” standard focused on educators working towards learning more about how leveraging technology can “improve student learning”. The three aspects of this is to create learning goals to become more familiar with technological possibilities, participate in learning networks to remain in the learner seat, and to constantly be researching topics surrounding utilizing technology and student performance.

While there are many ways to focus on being the Learner, I dove into the world of Twitter. Read more about my experience diving into these topics in my post, Learning and Leading with Twitter.

“Andrew Miller, an Edutopia Blogger, writes about how to create effective PLCs. PLCs (professional learning communities) are groups of educators that come together to collaborate and learn from one another to help improve student engagement and achievement. He states that “a learning team constantly engages in a cycle of learning: analyzing data, setting goals, and learning individually and collaboratively, as well as implementing and adjusting practices to meet the needs of all learners.”