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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.4 stars
Reviewed: Jun 05, 2006 by Teacher Education
Overview: This site lists the National Educational Technology standards for teachers. NETS
lists the performance indicators for teachers in general preparation, student
teaching as well as the first year teaching. The performance indicators are
divided into six categories: Technology Operations and Concepts, Planning and
Designing Learning Environments and Experiences, Teaching, Learning and the
Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation, Productivity and Professional Practice,
and Social, Legal, Ethical, and Human Issues. This site also lists NETS for
students and administrators.
Learning Goals: The major learning goal for this site is identify the skills and knowledge
needed for students, teachers, and administrators in the area of technology to
effectively engage in the learning and teaching process.
Target Student Population: Pre-service and in-service teachers and school administrators, and the k-12
student. This is a valuable resource for faculty in teacher education and
school leadership programs.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Knowledge of basic software for teaching and learning such as word processing,
presentation, data bases, etc. Navigation skills and internet search skills are
needed.
Type of Material: Respository of educational standards by state.
Recommended Uses: Use the lists to identify the specific technology skills and knowledge needed
to
plan, implement, and learning lessons that integrate not only content across
domains, but also the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning of
the user.
Technical Requirements: Access to software that allow the user to word process, develop and deliver
presentations, build and manipulate data bases. The user will also need the
Adobe Reader. The site has a link to the free download of this program.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This site provides for a centralized portal of the technological skills
needed
at the various levels of learning found in the k-12 classroom, teacher
prepration programs, by in-service teachers and administrators. Another feature
is the informational presentations that are available for download that allows
for effective staff development using the current standards in technology
education required for all 50 states.
The content of the stie is current and accurate, well referenced and user
friendly.

Concerns: Numerous broken links were noticed at time of review.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Provides models for the user to see the actual implementation of the standards
and how they can be integrated into multiple curriculum areas.
Assist teachers and teacher educators in making informed decisions about how,
when, and what to introduce in terms of technology skills.
Technology Standards are organized effectively in a sequential way that eases
the user into the introduction and development of specific technology skills.
The content available has both breadth and depth of information.
Concerns: Links that are not active: example would be searching for units and lesson
plans
for all grade levels and content areas identified

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.4 stars
Strengths: Navigation through each specific site was easy once the user finds, "NETS"
main
menue. Without finding this first, the user could bumble through a number of
sites and become discouraged and then leave. Once this discovery has been made,
the effective use of this site is straight forward for both students and
faculty. It also encourages creativity on the part of the faculty member.

Concerns: The "NETS" navigation button on the Home page needs to be much more "in you
face". An explaination of what is availabe and directions to the NETS button
needs to be present.

Other Issues and Comments: The NETS main menu needs to be more prominent for easier identification and use
by the viewer. The content available to the user has both breadth and depth.