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:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Communication and Collaboration
- Research and Information Fluency
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Digital Citizenship
- 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:
- Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
- Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
- Model Digital Age Work and Learning
- Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
- 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.