Magazine article Technology & Learning

K-12 Technology Bencharks, Part 1. (Web Sightings)

Magazine article Technology & Learning

K-12 Technology Bencharks, Part 1. (Web Sightings)

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Increasingly, educators responsible for technology integration must formalize their school's technology curriculum, specifying, on a grade-by-grade level, the hardware and software skills that students need to master. Here we bring you part one of a two-part Web Sightings on compiling technology benchmarks that promote high academic achievement, education standards, assessments, and accountability.

* National Educational Technology Standards (cnets. iste.org) The International Society for Technology in Education's ongoing National Educational Technology Standards initiative strives to develop national standards for educational technology. Project partners and co-sponsors define technology standards for students and explore ways to enhance existing curriculum through technology integration, technology support, standards for student assessment, and methods for evaluating technology use. At this site, you can learn about general (non-technology) national educational standards, search a database for curriculum lessons and units, examine model strategies that teachers can adopt when integrating technology into their curriculum, and more.

* Recommended Pre-K-12 Instructional Technology Standards (www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/standards/ itstand.pdf) In October 2001, the Massachusetts Board of Education approved a set of pre-K-12 Instructional Technology Standards defining the hardware, software, and networking technology skills that students should know when using technology for learning. …

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