Washington, D.C. — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is convening a student panel and major stakeholders, including
representatives from Adobe, Apple, Intel and Pearson Education, at its operations office in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend. The purpose is to solicit reactions to initial proposed updates to its widely used National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S).

Developed through consensus of education stakeholders in the late 1990s, ISTE’s NETS define what students should know and be able to do with
technology and are now in use in 50 U.S. states and many countries. Tim Magner, the U.S Department of Education’s director of the Office of
Educational Technology, has called ISTE’s NETS the “gold standard” for the field.

Members of ISTE’s Standards and Accreditation Committee will meet in Eugene on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, to review collected
recommendations and compile proposed updates for the standards. They’ll invite input from local students and hear stakeholders’ reactions to the
updated standards on Monday, Dec. 11.

ISTE launched the NETS*S Refresh Project in July, 2006, at the National Educational Computing Conference and has held a number of town-hall style meetings across the country to continue the dialogue on updating the standards.

“We’re very excited to have partners from the original NETS development work reengaging in this important refresh project,” says ISTE CEO Don Knezek. “We applaud Adobe, Apple, Intel, and Pearson for sponsoring the full term of the
NETS Refresh Project.”

NETS*S Refresh Project members will continue gathering reactions to the updated standards through the spring. Final recommendations will be released in June, 2007, at ISTE’s conference in Atlanta, Georgia. ISTE will also launch a similar refresh project for NETS for Teachers in June in Atlanta.

Other sponsors of this important project are Microsoft, Promethean and Smart Technologies at Level Two, and Questia at Level Three.

Learn more about the NETS and the Refresh Project at www.iste.org/nets.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership association, ISTE provides
leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.

Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education.

Visit www.iste.org or call (800) 336-5191 to learn more about ISTE and its new initiatives — including the next generation of NETS for Students, Teachers, and Administrators.

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