Educational Technology & Society 1(1) 1998
ISSN 1436-4522

National Educational Technology - Standards for Students

(Website review)

Reviewer: Mark Francis Jaeger
Computer Information Systems - 3200, Lansing Community College
419 N Capitol Ave, PO Box 40010, Lansing, MI 48901-7210 USA.

1. Site URL:
2. Site title:
  National Educational Technology - Standards for Students
3. Objective of the site:
  The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project goal is to develop standards that will guide educational leaders in planning for effective use of technology to support learning, teaching, and educational management.
4. Expected audience:
  Current practitioners, and other interested parties, who may want to either review the draft standards, make comments upon them, or suggest revisions to them. Also of interest to the site designers are those who would Want to Share Their Own Examples and Scenarios of experiences using technology to support instruction
5. Main topics covered:
  • Project Overview
  • The NETS Project Partnerships
  • Essential Conditions to Make It Happen
    • Incorporating New Strategies
  • Technology Foundation Standards for ALL Students
    • Basic operations and concepts
    • Social, ethical, and human issues
    • Technology productivity tools
    • Technology communications tools
    • Technology research tools
    • Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
  • Profiles for Technology Literate Students
    • Grades PreK - 2
    • Grades 3 - 5
    • Grades 6 - 8
    • Grades 9 - 12
  • Curriculum Examples and Scenarios
    • Grades PreK - 2
    • Grades 3 - 5
    • Grades 6 - 8
    • Grades 9 - 12
  • How to contact the NETS Project Team
  • How to obtain a hard copy of the standards document
6. Comments on usefulness and richness of each topic:
  What we have here is, in effect, an executive summary.
This site definitely portrays a work-in-progress, with additional development and refinement activities expected over the next three years.
7. Extent, appropriateness and quality of external links:
  Few external links appear. Most are to the Partner oganizations, the curriculum organizations, and the co-sponsors' web sites. A few are used as samples in the Exercises and Scenarios section. One site, the Louisiana Department of Labor [] repeatedly failed to load during this review.
8. Special remarks
  WARNING: Uses Frames

The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project is an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) initiative supported by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
U.S. Department of Education
Milken Exchange on Education Technology
Apple Computer, Inc.