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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Numerous broken links were noticed at time of review.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
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.
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
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.
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.