Thursday, July 19, 2007

National Technology Standards Updated

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently released an updated version of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S). These standards are widely used in school districts across the U.S. as guides when setting up technology-rich environments. The NETS-S basically show how students should be able to use technology and will be part of the framework on which our Keystone technology curriculum is built. We will be using ISTE's online testing, which is based on the NETS-S, to assess our junior high students for technology literacy as part of our EETT grant.

The original tech standards for students, released in 1997, emphasized what students needed to know about and be able to do with technology. The "refreshed" NET-S focus more on expertise and skills: creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts.

These new standards again emphasize a new type of learning environment, where students are active learners who collaborate and exchange information and think critically. Are you detecting a pattern here?

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