New Educational Technology Standards Drafted

After nearly ten years, the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) has released an updated draft on their National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for students and what makes this updated list even more interesting is that it doesn’t focus on tangible skills, but rather on “what students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world.

The draft for the new standard has been posted for feedback and in looking at the list, it seems natural that these aren’t only learning aptitudes that students need to have a firm grasp on, but also anyone involved in education.

  • Creativity and Innovation - Students think creatively, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products using technology.

  • Communication and Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

  • Research and Information Retrieval - Students access, retrieve, manage, and evaluate information using digital tools.

  • Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making - Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate technology tools.

  • Digital Citizenship - Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

  • Technology Operations and Concepts - Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Do these new competencies shout “Libraries & Librarians” at you as much as they do me? There’s great opportunity here… let’s take advantage of it!!

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