National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) developed these standards for the purpose of preparing classrooms for a changing society. The initial project was funded by NASA working with the U.S. Department of Education, the Millken Exchange on Education Technology, and Apple Computer. They built these standards with the rationale that when the nature of society becomes more digital, so should the educational experience. The first set of standards was released in June 1998. Several revisions were introduced in subsequent years. The revisions introduced more role-specific standards for students, teachers, and administrators. The most recent revisions were released as follows: Students (2007), Teachers (2008), and Administrators (2009).
Why Do We Use These Standards?
As the expectations for students’ technological literacy were becoming more significant, the professional expectations for the teachers also became more significant. The Administrators would also have to meet the modern demands as they strengthened their leadership in support of the teachers. In order for the students to receive the modern education they needed, the teachers would need administrative support for utilizing current technology in the classroom. The NETS standards help define the expectations for students, what teachers should know to prepare the students to meet the expectations, and the administrative support role in preparing the teachers to facilitate technological literacy in the students.
How Should the NETS Guide Instruction in the Canyons School District?
The Canyons School District has embraced these standards in the execution of professional development and classroom expectations. Explanation of each of the standards can be found in the documentation on this page. There is also information about the expectations for students, teachers, and administrators in our district. This page will explain how to fully utilize District-Supported software and hardware to prepare students to meet the expectations of college and/or career readiness. Click the links to find out more.
Standards for Administrators:
Our mission is to improve teaching and learning through the use of appropriate technologies,
supporting students in their progress toward college-, career-, and citizenship-readiness.
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