ISTE Standard 2- Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

 I initially approached ISTE Standard 2 through the portal of the requirement to provide authentic learning experiences.  I am a member of the International Reading Association (IRA) so I decided to start my online search on their site in hopes of finding inspiration for a reading lesson that uses authentic learning.  Initially, I found a quality reading lesson plan resource, readthinkwrite.   This International Reading Association sponsored site, Shown in Figure 1 offers free lessons written by literacy experts and inspired by reading instruction research.  I was inspired by an authentic learning mini-lesson in which students read the print on two different nutrition labels, and contrast/compare a healthy snack with a sweet treat.

Figure 1. Authentic Learning: Learning about Nutrition during Reading Time

This initial search provided the authentic learning content for a reading lesson with emergent readers.  Next, in my search to find a way to engage individual student curiosity with technology, I found an interactive web application called Kid’s Food Journal.     With this web application, shown in Figure 2, children are empowered to track their nutrition, water intake, sleep, and exercise at home with family, or with their classroom community.  Each child receives their own password, and incentives like prizes and badges for meeting personal milestones.  Communities can set goals to work for together as well.  I think I would integrate the data entry piece of this unit into reading workplaces.  Kid’s Food Journal would be a great opportunity to involve parents with their child’s school experience.  Families could help their child record and analyze their food intake at home, while teachers facilitate the recording of food intake at school.  This lesson integrates math by having students analyze data, and science through the opportunity to observe how different foods effect our bodies.

Figure 2. Interactive Personal Health Habit Tracking for Kids

My classmate, Ashley Dugovitch shared an interactive ebook resource  called Raz-Kids, shown in Figure 3.  To reinforce the importance of good nutrition, I could put together a library of nonfiction books on healthy food for students to engage with during reading workplace time.

Figure 3. Resource for Finding Books on Nutrition

This authentic learning project can be adapted all for all ages of students.  If I were facilitating this project with middle or high school students, I would plan the project to include all aspects of self-care, and challenge students to analyze their lifestyle habits over a significant period of time.   Johnson (2013) analyzes and describes technologies projected for adoption on a global level within five years.  This NMC Horizon Report projects that learning analytics will be used by most schools within two to three years.  The idea of analyzing the learning of a school community with effective technology as a way to improve a school’s instruction gave me an idea. Why not include an analysis of the lifestyle habits in the equation, and have students participate in tracking their eating habits?  It is proven that students are more effective learners when they are getting proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep.  It might be beneficial to the overall success of a school to have students assess the relationship between making healthy lifestyle choices and academic success.


Johnson, L., (2013). The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition. New Media Consortium, 1-44.

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2 Responses to ISTE Standard 2 Reflection: Engaging Emergent Readers Simultaneously in Interactive Technology and Authentic Learning

  1. Laura Bayley says:

    I found it so interesting, and unique, that you took a nutritional approach to this standard. Specifically, that you found a resource that both allowed students to utilize technology and develop an authentic understanding of, and appreciation for, nutrition. That is awesome! In looking through your research and descriptions of the resources you found, the Kid’s Food Journal looks really engaging. I was initially concerned about how a nutrition journal would work for K-1 students, but this seems like a very developmentally appropriate way to introduce this concept. Does your school’s curriculum have a health component? If so, this would be a great resource for integrating technology and health education. Regardless, I love your idea to develop a section of your classroom library to include non-fiction, nutrition books. Thanks for sharing this, Edith!

  2. Edith,

    I also found it interesting that you took a nutritional approach to this standard! I love the idea of teaching the lesson from readwritethink and then also introducing them to the Kid’s Food Journal. This seems like a great way to integrate reading, writing, and health into your instruction. In response to Laura’s comment, I think it would be possible to do this with K-1 students as an introduction to health and nutrition. You could use the lesson you found, along with the Kid’s Food Journal and have all students track their food intake for a nutrition unit, and then later maybe this activity could become an option during a station or center time, as well as something they could continue to do at home. We don’t spend a lot of time discussing nutrition in our classroom (other than requiring students to bring something healthy for snack time). Do you teach a health curriculum to K-1 students at the private school you work at? I think it’s definitely something K-1 students could benefit from, but we don’t have a program or curriculum at the public school I’m currently at.

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