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International Society For Technology Education Standard 1 : Facilitate And Inspire Student Learning And Creativity

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International Society for Technology in Education Standard 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity Kirstin Mills (Strow) CIMT 665 Instructional Innovation Indiana State University The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards encourage “teachers [to] use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.” (ISTE, 2008). What is the main purpose of our educational system in the United States? Should we, as educators, strive to help our students graduate from high school, but then just hope that they are able to make a living, or should we…show more content…
“Standardized testing causes many teachers to only “teach to the tests”. This practice can hinder a student’s overall learning potential. With the stakes getting higher and higher for teachers, this practice will only continue to increase. The sad reality is that it fosters an atmosphere that is boring and lacks creativeness. Teachers have such pressure to get their students ready for these exams that they neglect to teach students skills that go beyond the tests.” (Pros and Cons, 2013) These standardized assessments are now being administered through computer-based programs, such as Pearson TestNav. Students are gaining experience in how to navigate this specific testing program and the tools available, like calculators, bookmark flags, and highlighters. As mentioned above, there is little to no creativity encouraged during this time, but these assessments are required statewide. Saxena (2012) actually states that school systems across the United States have contributed to the deterioration of creativity for children. The blame can be placed on the high emphasis on preparing for standardized assessments because these skills are require mechanical and systematic thinking, not critical thinking or creativity. As educators who are striving to create meaningful educational experiences for students that promote and support creative and innovative thinking, we must begin thinking outside the box to provide opportunities to advance student learning.
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