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National Technology Standards for K-12

Refreshed NETS for Administrators Released!

ISTE released the refreshed NETS•A 2009 at NECC! ISTE is grateful to the thousands of educators who took part in the collaborative effort to update the original NETS•A.
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International Society for Technology in Education
Guidance is now available for schools working to integrate technology into their curriculums. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has released a set of national standards by which educators can measure students' technology skills at key developmental points. The guidelines include a list of competencies that students should have developed by the time they exit grades 2, 5, 8, and 12.

Examples of guidelines include:

* By completion of grade 2, students should be able to use input and output devices to interact with information technology, and to exhibit respect for technology systems and software.

* By completion of grade 5, students should be able to discuss common uses of technology in daily life and the advantages those uses provide, as well as use technology resources for problem- solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.

* By completion of grade 8, students should apply strategies for troubleshooting routine hardware and software problems, and use telecommunications to collaborate with students, experts, and others at distant locations to investigate curriculum-related concepts, issues, and information.

* By completion of grade 12, students should be able to analyze pros and cons of widespread reliance on technology in the workplace and in society, as well as use technology tools and resources for managing finances, schedules, and personal/professional contact information.

These guidelines are part of the National Educational Technology Standards Project, supported by ISTE and 12 partners, including ASCD, who are committed to developing educational technology standards that support effective learning environments for students across the nation. The complete set of guidelines can be found at