NETS Response

The NETS standards were developed by the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) because of the requested need for guidance in determining what goals and objectives teachers and students needed to meet, in the ever-changing world of technology. The NETS-S outlines six headings including:

  1.  Creativity and Innovation              
  2.  Communication and Collaboration
  3.  Research and Information Fluency
  4.  Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5.  Digital Citizenship
  6.  Technology Operations and Concepts     

Within each heading is a broad goal and four more specific sub-goals or objectives. In addition there are profiles, which give examples of activities to meet these broad headings within grade level ranges of PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

The NETS-T  has five broad headings, which are:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Within each heading is a stated goal and four objectives or sub-goals. 

Within the NETS-S Implementation Wiki, I found some kid-friendly terms for the    NETS-S standards. I am in an elementary setting, so these reminded me of  anchor charts, which could be put up in the classroom to show examples of how these standards were being met.

Most, if not all of the scholars we reviewed this week including, Sir Ken Robinson, Ginny Grenham, Howard Rheingold, Yonchai Benkler, Stefana Broadbent, and Arthur Goldstruck talk about creativity, which is a common goal of technology for teachers and students. Sir Robinson cautions us to keep the arts alive in our curriculum. Ginny Grenham discusses the creative ways that healthcare consumers are informing themselves about preventative care, fitness and health, and healthcare products. Howard Rheingold discusses his creative efforts at collaborative teaching with his students. Yochai Benkler discusses how our creative efforts towards communication, computation, wisdom and experience have gone from the moneyed hands of a few communication giants to the hands of the population at large who are now connected and can form a common space peer production of the afore-mentioned core economic activities. Stefana Broadbent shares how the modern worker communicates with friends and family in creative ways. I found her lecture interesting as I often fall into the old pattern of being disconnected while at work with regards to family and friends, although I see others around me who are texting and making personal calls. The workplace is definitely changing. Arthur Goldstruck discusses how communicating via the internet is becoming not just about social networking, but a way of living.

The internet has increased our collective action as a democracy. Anyone who is connected can now access information on political, economic, cultural, and social causes. They can also have input into these causes. The internet has increased our literacy around the world . Instead of being isolated at work, and at home, we are connected to friends, family, and colleagues.

Within the elementary setting in which I work, I have mainly seen a change with the introduction of using the internet to show video content in classrooms, the use of interactive internet teaching tools, such as those on readwritethink.org, the use of ipad applications, and the increased use of the internet for research by students. We use keynote as a visual motivator for special education students. We also use visual timer apps, and data tracking apps. There is a need for more funding and training to enable all staff to use these wonderful tools. I found the NETS-S profiles to be particularly important and helpful in identifying key activities to meet standards. I can see how these would harmonize well with CCSS.

I found the NETS-S to be more specific than the NETS-T. I am anxious to poke around the site more to see what additional resources are available to teachers for implementing these standards. They provide an important framework for applying the use of the internet to classroom activities.

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2 Responses to NETS Response

  1. wburr06 says:

    Kelly,
    One thing that stood out for me in your post was the different types of technology that you are seeing in the elementary setting. I remember the first time that I volunteered in a school where the 3rd grade classes had a class set of laptops (shared between the three classes). This was in 2005 I think. I remember being so impressed that the school had laptops, and I was also impressed with how well the students used the laptops. Now, class sets of laptops are pretty common, especially in many suburban schools, and I am seeing a lot of schools that have whole sets of I-pads for the students to use.
    I subbed at a middle school where in a geography class, the students had the option of reading from the textbook, or reading the textbook on their I-pads. This made me think about how the I-pads were being used. If students are using them for something that they already have access to without the I-pad, are the teachers really taking advantage of the technology available to them? How does your school use the I-pad applications?
    I agree that the videos we watched had a big focus on creativity. Technology allows students to take creativity to a new level. Rather than creating a poster to use in a presentation, students can create PowerPoint presentations, videos, and even podcasts to present the same information. Technology has opened new doors for the way that we allow students to show their learning and knowledge. We have many more options for assessment then the typical test. I think that technology makes it easier to integrate multiple intelligences into our teaching because we have so many more options to be creative. The creativity, that technology provides for us, provides new opportunities for both teachers and students.
    Wendy

    • kfrisk12 says:

      Wendy,
      Thanks for your comment. Our third grades have class sets of laptops/netbooks I believe in addition to the computer lab. Some people in the district have ipads. In the Learning Center we have many ipads. We use various apps for math and reading practice, Tallyzoo for tracking behavior, and Keynote for motivational pictures to encourage students. There are also some great social skills apps with lifelike characters practicing social skills, like facing the group, looking at the person who is talking to you (etc.) We made book trailers in another class I took on Animoto. There are so many exciting possibilities!

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