What is a Keystone?

A Keystone Technology Innovator is a classroom teacher who fully utilizes the many benefits technology offers to improve instructional practices across his/her content areas. In doing this, the teacher does not focus on the technology itself; rather, s/he focuses on student learning and uses technology as a tool to support this end.

This teacher integrates technology into his/her design of learning experiences to:

  • engage students in, and have them interact with, the content
  • assist students in mastering local and state standards
  • foster students’ curiosity, creativity and willingness to take risks
  • engage students in problem-solving activities that are meaningful, reflecting real-world tasks
  • promote collaboration and communication between students
  • encourage students to take ownership of their work and become more self-directed learners
  • address the diverse needs of learners

This teacher is an individual who:

  • facilitates learning rather than transmitting knowledge
  • manages student learning and behavior in a technology-enhanced environment
  • helps students understand the ethical, cultural and societal issues related to technology
  • shares his/her practices with peers and seeks out evidence-based practices from others
  • applies technology in assessing student learning of subject matter
  • reflects on and assesses his/her practices using current research as a framework to improve
  • explores creative ways to use technology as a means of fostering a home-school connection
  • takes an active leadership role in his/her school



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Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology

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P.O. Box 302
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