New Guidelines Released to Better Prepare STEM and Computer Science Students with Problem-Solving Skills for the Future

Nov 9, 2018

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently released its first ever multidisciplinary set of guidelines for K-12 educators of STEM and computer science. These new guidelines are aimed at teachers for whom the use of computers in the classroom is not currently common practice. The guidelines complement the Computer Science Teachers Association’s pre-existing K-12 computer science standards for students, and are designed to help “educators of all disciplines and with students of all ages.”

One of the primary goals of these new standards is to encourage the use of technology in the classroom for use beyond strictly computer science. “The ISTE Computational Thinking Competencies are designed to prepare students with the skills needed to solve problems of the future,” ISTE CEO Richard Culatta said in a statement. “The CT Competencies provide a framework to help teachers leverage computational thinking across all areas of the curriculum, not just in CS classes.”

The guidelines provide teachers with a new way of thinking and instructing through the use of computers, and encourages teachers to play a more multifaceted role of leader, learner and collaborator in the classroom. The guidelines are aimed at providing a new, more multi-disciplinary way of teaching

To view the new standards, click here: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-computer-science-educators