National Standards:

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The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) are the standards for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age and are widely recognized and adopted worldwide. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) developed the NETS with input from the field and pioneered their use among educators. The family of NETS -- NETS for Students (NETS•S), NETS for Teachers (NETS•T), NETS for Administrators (NETS•A), NETS for Coaches (NETS•C), and NETS for Computer Science Teachers (NETS•CSE) -- work together to transform education.

Technology has forever changed not only what we need to learn, but the way we learn. The NETS set a standard of excellence and best practices in learning, teaching, and leading with technology in education. The benefits of using the NETS include:
  • Improving higher-order thinking skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Preparing students for their future in a competitive global job market
  • Designing student-centered, project-based, and online learning environments
  • Guiding systemic change in our schools to create digital places of learning
  • Inspiring digital age professional models for working, collaborating, and decision making

NETS for Students

ISTE's NETS for Students (NETS•S) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.

Simply being able to use technology is no longer enough. Today's students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. Digital age skills are vital for preparing students to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.

ISTE offers a host of free resources to help teachers and administrators learn about the NETS and how to use them.

  1. NETS•S (PDF)
  2. NETS•S Profiles
  3. Essential Conditions (PDF)
  4. NETS Implementation Wiki
  5. NETS in Action (Videos)
  6. Grades K-2
  7. Grades 3-5
  8. Grades 6-8
  9. Grades 9-12
  10. Lesson Plans

NETS for Teachers

ISTE's NETS for Teachers (NETS•T) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge educators need to teach, work, and learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society.

As technology integration continues to increase in our society, it is paramount that teachers possess the skills and behaviors of digital age professionals. Moving forward, teachers must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world.

        1. NETS•T (PDF)
        2. Essential Conditions (PDF)

Additional Standards

NETS A NETS for Administrators: The standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge school administrators and leaders need to support digital age learning, implement technology, and transform the instruction landscape

NETS C NETS for Coaches: The skills and knowledge technology coaches need to support peers in becoming digital educators

NETS CE   NETS for Computer Science Educators: The skills and knowledge that computer science educators need to reach, inspire, and teach students in computing

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