ATLANTA–The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
unveiled its updated National Educational Technology Standards for Students
(NETS*S) to a packed crowd at the 2007 National Educational Computing
Conference (NECC) on Monday, June 25.
Launched last year at NECC, the NETS*S Refresh Project convened students and
major stakeholders in town-hall style meetings around the country over the
past year, inviting feedback on the update. The project included
participation from representatives in 50 states and 22 countries, including
China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
Developed by ISTE through consensus of education stakeholders in the late
1990s, ISTE´s NETS*S define what students should know and be able to do with
technology, and are now in use in 48 of the 50 U.S. states and many
According to ISTE¹s CEO Don Knezek, the original NETS*S focused
predominantly on technology "because that was okay at that time, but that¹s
not true now and we need to look at innovation and creativity. A
technological divide translates to a learning divide. [We need to focus on]
what students need to learn effectively and live productively in an
increasingly digital age."
Globalization emerged as a key new factor during the comment period, Knezek
said. Grouped into six "buckets," the new standards are creativity and
innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information
fluency; critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making; digital
citizenship; and technology operations and concept.
"The first set of standards was about learning to use technology. This set
is about using technology to learn," said David Barr, retired educator and
member of ISTE´s Accreditation and Standards committee.
The NETS*S Refresh Project is supported by funding from Apple, Adobe, Intel
and Pearson Education.
ISTE launched a similar update project for its NETS for Teachers at NECC on
Sunday, June 24. A refresh project for NETS for Administrators will be
launched in 2008.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier
membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in
improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology
in PK-12 and teacher education.