North Carolina has just begun to implement their Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers. These new competencies are intended to get teachers to focus on best practices for teaching students the skills they need to work in a world that is continually changing. There are four domains of focus for these standards:
1. Leadership in Digital Learning- Teachers are looked upon to take a leadership role in the classroom, school, district, and on. Their ability to be lifelong learners should be a visible part of their practice that serves as a motivator for students and other educators to do the same.
2. Digital Citizenship- Teachers are expected to demonstrate an ability to use digital tools and media responsibly. We can’t expect students to do it if we can’t.
3. Digital Content and Instruction- Teachers are asked to create learning experiences that allow students to create their own goals, evaluate their own learning, solve authentic problems, and demonstrate a number of additional skills through the use of appropriate digital tools.
4. Data and Assessment- Teachers are asked to gather, assess, and utilize data to create a personalized learning experience that reaches students where they are and allows them to grow at a pace that is effective for them.
These are just summaries of the competencies. The link above directs you to the document released by the state of North Carolina. While at first glance they can seem relatively simple to understand and meet it will take some time to really dig in and unpack all the skills that are really being addressed in these two pages.
I will say that I appreciate the flexibility these standards provide. They allow educators to find multiple ways to grow in these areas. They also allow for growth of technology, which is always important as technology is continually changing.