Competencies & Standards


In 2018 Michigan adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-S) "Standards for Students". Michigan named these MITECS, or the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students. The decision to identify them as competencies is to delineate a difference between standards that outline learning expectations meant to guide local curriculum development, and competencies that are 'explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives which include application and creation of knowledge. They may be demonstrated in a variety of learning environments and with a variety of measures of learning' (working definition 2018: M. Ribant and Ann-Marie Mapes, Oct 2018 presentation for the Michigan Department of Education at MAME).

MiTECHS Rainbow showing Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students

The Michigan site has posted an age band articulation document along with sample scenarios.


Below is our Standards Alignment document showing how the 21things4students addresses the ISTE-S (International Technology Standards in Education for Students) and Common Core State Standards.

The 21t4s INDEX   can be used to sort these resources by ISTE Standard.

The cross-walk Excel file (will be updated for 2018-19) showing the alignment of the 21things4students by Quest with the new 2016 ISTE Standards for Students. 

Incorporating Technology with Best Practice

The 21things Project  utilizes the "Classroom Instruction that Works" and "Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works" frameworks to show how best practice and technology work together to improve teaching and learning.  

Educators using the 21 Things 4 Students do more than teach technology tools. The table below shows examples of how thoughtful implementation of the curriculum and resources found in 21 Things 4 Students can support best practice in the classroom.

Share the following "Best Practice in Action" document  with your administrator in support of your teacher evaluation.


For more ideas on best practice and technology, visit   

Technology Integration Matrix

The Florida Center for Technology for Instructional Technology (FCIT) has created a helpful Technology Integration Matrix.

It 'provides a framework for describing and targeting the use of technology to enhance learning', using five characteristics of meaningful learning environments with five levels of technology integration.

This is a Technology Scope and Sequence document showing K-12 skills based on the ISTE standards. This was developed by the educational technology faculty at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, FL.