Nets for Teachers—Part I Technology Operations and Concepts

Although ISTE is going to release a revised NETS for teachers this June, I think it is very relevant to discuss the 2000 NETS for teachers as we consider school improvement for next year and for staff development planning. Professionals in all walks of life are required to stay on top of changing trends in their particular field of work. Think of all the changes that have happened in the medical field. No one would go see a doctor that did not keep up with current research……I could name the other professions to continue the argument, but we all get the idea!

The first standard in NETS for teachers is:

I. Technology Operations and Concepts
My comments are in orange
Teachers demonstrate a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. Teachers:
A. Demonstrate introductory knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology (as described in the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students).
Teachers need to assess available technologies and plan engaging, student directed activities. An example would be to have students collaborate on a multi-disciplinary project that combines multiple skill sets. Students could research environmental issues in science classes and create persuasive arguments to present at local government meetings (e.g. city council or school board) in Language Art classes. Projects based on the research could be created in Industrial Tech courses to demonstrate the capacity of “green technologies” to serve everyday needs.

B. Demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies.
Blogs, wikis, podcasts, interactive white boards, GPS, web 2.0 tools, open source programming, Google Docs…….the list goes on and on. Today’s students learn digitally. I feel there is no excuse to not to stay abreast of technologies that could allow our students manipulate, collaborate, sythesize, and persuade with relevant and up to date tools!

Part II will look at the next standard in NETS for teachers

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