Episode 20

"Up to Standards"

Duration 00:18:04      Recorded on April 17, 2007

Guest David Barr from Illinois Math and Science Academy joins Susan and Dan to talk about the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards.

Show Notes:

Guest David Barr from Illinois Math and Science Academy joins Susan and Dan to talk about the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards.

ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education

NETS: National Educational Technology Standards

And specifically the new version we discuss.The standards apply to all levels of learning, not only K-12. They tell us what people need to know and be able to do with technology for living and working in the 21st century. The first version was developed in 1998 and now the standards are being refreshed for relevancy. Direct link for the draft of the new standards [PDF]. These standards are about learning /with/ technology and not learning /about/ technology. "Using to learn and not learning to use" better reflects what younger generations already know.

Categories in the new version: * Creativity and Innovation * Communication and Collaboration * Research and Information Retrieval * Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making * Digital Citizenship * Technology Operations and Concepts

Some of these categories were reordered. Creativity and innovation are new. These reflect the skills that will be at the center of work needed for a global world. The language is very concrete and focuses on production.Who implements these standards in an ideal school setting? David explains the relationship of these standards to state standards and assessment programs. Adopted, adapted or absorbed; a variety of methods.Internationally, other countries are also considering these standards within their own cultural context.Listeners, what to do? Read the standards and complete the survey at NETS Refresh survey.

Participate in the Performance Indicators by Grade survey or the Essentials Conditions survey.

 
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