Monday, June 25, 2007

NECC 2007: Refreshed NETS-S Relaease!

This session focused was a celebration of the release of the new NETS-S, refreshed from the 1998 version. Next year, ISTE will unveil refreshed NETS-T and in 2010 they will reveal revised NETS-A.

Don Knezek introduced the new standards which include:
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Research and information fluency
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making
  • Digital citizenship
  • Technology operations and concepts
He assured attendees that the standards are substantially different, reflecting the changes over the last eight years. The original standards focused on what students should know and be able to do with technology. The new standards focus more on 21st century skills, particularly students' abilities to use technology creatively and innovatively.

The session began with a review of the process of the refreshment process including a discussion of the international input into the final product.

The celebration included recognition of the partners and supporting agencies (e.g., Partnership for the 21st Century Skills, U.S. Department of Education, State Education Technology Directors).

The true challenge of the refreshed NETS-S is to enjoy the ride - seeing how the new NETS-S play out in individual classrooms.

Technorati Tags:

No comments: