The intention of the new standards is to focus on deep learning, and to encourage students to take more ownership of their learning both inside and outside the classroom. The students standards have evolved a long way since they were first developed almost 20 years ago in 1998. At that time the focus of the standards was on how to use technology tools. The standards were rewritten in 2007, at which time the emphasis shifted to cognitive and learning skills. At this point 4 new words/concepts were introduced: culture, global, creativity and innovation, and digital citizenship. These took priority over "basic skills", whieh appeared in only 1 of the 6 new standards. Now the focus has changed again. In the 2016 student standards there is more about the learning and less about the tools; skills are seen as a means to an end; and the expectation is that students will use technology to take charge of their own learning.
Empowered learning, the first of the new standards, is about motivating students and letting them make choices about their learning. Over the course of 20 years, the trend has been from teacher-directed (1998), to student centred (2007) and now in 2016 to learner driven. Teachers still play a key role - so I'm interested to see how the ISTE-Ts will change when they are rewritten. The 2016 standards recognize that students do need guidance as they gradually learn to take responsibility for their own learning.