Innovative Designer – ISTE Student Standards

Innovative Designer – ISTE Student Standards

3 Stripes

What is innovative design?

“The world no longer cares how much you know; the world cares about what you can do with what you know.” – Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow, Harvard, 2012


  1. Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
  2. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  3. Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
  4. Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

Teachers who build up innovative designers in their classrooms help students to:

  • “learn about design processes and how to apply them.”
  • “apply design practices to come up with new projects or products.”
  • “develop and test their own products or solutions.”

(From page 9 of the Ed Tech Product Development Guide by ISTE)


From ISTE Standards for Students, “Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.”


Earn Your Stripe

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

People who have earned this:

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