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NETS-S Adoption

The Department of Instructional Technology recommends that the SBOE adopt the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S).

ISTE pioneered the original National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) in 1998, which were widely accepted and used in all 50 states. In 2006, ISTE launched a national and international effort to update the NETS.  Thousands of educators and education leaders participated, resulting in the release of refreshed NETS for Students in 2007.  The updated NETS-S reflected changes in instruction, learning environments, and technology.  The focus of the NETS changed, too, from learning how to use technology to using technology to learn.

Rationale

As foundational information and communication technology skills penetrate throughout our society, students will be expected to apply the basics in authentic, integrated ways to solve problems, complete projects, and creatively extend their abilities. Integrating the NETS-S throughout the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) will help students prepare to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities. The standards identify several higher-order thinking skills and digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in our emerging global society.

Digital instructional resources are typically aligned to the NETS-S. As Georgia school districts move toward implementation of digital content and learning resources, the GaDOE will provide leadership in creating NETS-S instructional resources aligned to the CCGPS.

NETS-S

NETS-S for Students

Should you have any questions and/or comments, please feel free to contact: Ryan Berens, Education Technology Specialist, at rberens@doe.k12.ga.us or (404) 463-6324.

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