One way to simplify this process is by connecting the criteria to your school or district’s computer science (CS), edtech and STEAM initiatives. Start by incorporating CS and STEAM into instruction through classroom projects that also address digital equity and digital citizenship while teaching science, math, ELA and other subjects.
Using the four steps below, you can thoughtfully create a profile of a technologically literate graduate.
STEP 1: Have a model and unpack it
To jump-start the conversation within your school, use your division-wide or statewide profile of a graduate. Many departments of education have developed such profiles that are helpful for educators to review.
First, choose the knowledge and skills that every graduate must have. In my state of Virginia (like many other states), we focus on these four:
- Content knowledge
- Workplace skills
- Community engagement and civic responsibility
- Career exploration
Since these categories are very broad, you’ll want to describe how they apply specifically to CS and STEAM education. You can start by presenting a model of what a student maker looks like.