The program aligns with three technology standards:
-The ISTE Standards for Students
-The ISTE Standards for Educators
-The Maryland Technology Standards for Educators
ISTE STUDENT STANDARDS
Standard 1 (Empowered Learner): Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
1d: Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
ISTE EDUCACATOR STANDARDS
Standard 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.
1a: Educators set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c: Educators stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Standard 2 (Leader): Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning.
2c: Educators model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
MARYLAND DIGITAL LEARNING STANDARDS
Standard 1 (Learner): Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring evidence-based practices that leverage technology to improve student
1a: Educators set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology, reflect on the effectiveness and implementation.
1c: Educators stay current with research that informs teaching that supports student achievement.
The program is not just about technology but on how to use technology to improve learning. Trainees must, therefore, be able to select the technologies that align best with their content area and utilize them in ways that match educational theory in the content area. As a result, the training framework for the program is the Technology, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework. The TPACK model provides a good link between technology and pedagogy—a key element of the training as will be seen in the content section.