Empowered Learner – ISTE Student Standards

Empowered Learner – ISTE Student Standards

3 Stripes

What is an empowered learner?

“We must remember that our students are innately creative, innovative, and collaborative, and that we suppress these things with our control. Empowerment is the key that will unlock them.” – Kevin Parr, ASCD


  1. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
  2. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
  3. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
  4. 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.

Teachers who build up empowered learners in their classrooms help students to:

  • “set personal learning goals.”
  • “reflect on the learning process.”
  • “build learning networks.”
  • “customize digital learning environments.”
  • “receive and apply feedback from peers and/or experts.”

(From page 8 of the Ed Tech Product Development Guide by ISTE)

From ISTE Standards for Students, “Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.”


Earn Your Stripe

  • Watch the video above.
  • Submit below any experiences you completed with students that pushed them to be empowered learners.
  • Explain the connection between these experiences and the ISTE standard.

People who have earned this:

  • Profile photo of Amanda Belcher
  • Profile photo of Amanda Hines
  • Profile photo of Bobby Haggerty
  • Profile photo of Tara Bova
  • Profile photo of Deborah Spinner
  • Profile photo of Emily Goode
  • Profile photo of Geoffrey Seyer
  • Profile photo of J Bohnert
  • Profile photo of jannins
  • Profile photo of Jessica McDonald
  • Profile photo of Laura Gunn
  • Profile photo of Leslie Pourney
  • Profile photo of Matt Rudolf
  • Profile photo of Diane Meyr
  • Profile photo of Michael Harrer
  • Profile photo of Michael Hines
  • Profile photo of Kyle Morton
  • Profile photo of Shannon Ritter
  • Profile photo of Jamie Russell
  • Profile photo of Ryan McKinstry
  • Profile photo of Theresa Taylor
  • Profile photo of Kevin Williams
  • Profile photo of Melissa Winkler