Article articulated the history of ISTE (international Society for Technology in Education) and the development of the NETS standards for administrators, teachers and students. The NETS standards began through the realization that there was a need to develop consensus on the meaning of being a technology-ready individual. Hundreds of people were involved in this consensus building process.
NETS AT A GLANCE
Each area (students, teachers, administrators) includes six standard categories listed below.
NETS for Students
1. Basic operations and concepts
2. Social, ethical, and human issues
3. Technology productivity tools
4. Technology communication tools
5. Technology research tools
6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
NETS for Teachers
1. Technology operations and concepts
2. Planning and designing learning
3. Teaching, learning, and the curriculum
4. Assessment and evaluation
5. Productivity and professional tools
6. Social, ethical, legal, and human issues
NETS for Administrators
1. Leadership and vision
2. Learning and teaching
3. Productivity and professional practice
4. Support, management, and operations
5. Assessment and evaluation
6. Social, legal, and ethical issues
The NETS project standards are being used in program accreditation and state curriculum and certification requirements.
There are criticisms of the project as well. Typically these revolve around standards critics and three different perspectives: standards as beginnings vs. endings (places to start vs. standardization of curriculum); authentic standards vs. their "evil twin" (high-stakes testing); testing vs. accountability systems (using standardized tests as only decision making criteria).