International Society for Technology in Education Announces National Dialogue on Widely-Used Technology Standards

NECC 2006
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2006--Education technology leaders met Tuesday, July 4, to begin a broad dialogue on the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S). The town hall-style meeting was held during the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Developed through consensus of education stakeholders in the late 1990s, ISTE's NETS define what students should know and be able to do with technology, and are now in use in 48 of the 50 U.S. states and many countries.

At the town hall meeting Tim Magner, the U.S. Department of Education's director of the Office of Educational Technology, urged participants to "be bold," adding that ISTE's NETS are the "gold standard" for the field.

“We're very excited to have partners from the original NETS development work reengaging in this important refresh project”

Participants discussed educational applications of new and emerging technologies such as GPS and GIS, cell phones, interactive TV, 3D gaming environments and nanotechnology. This is the first step to a complete refresh of the NETS series over the next several years. The NETS Refresh Project is supported by funding from Apple and Intel.

"We're very excited to have partners from the original NETS development work reengaging in this important refresh project," says ISTE CEO Don Knezek. "We applaud Apple and Intel for sponsoring the full term of the NETS Refresh Project."

NECC attendee Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, stressed that "We see the NETS as a critical stepping stone to more advanced learning. ISTE's commitment to keeping them current with new technologies and new thinking is incredibly important. It's a project we want to support."

Technology educators can provide additional feedback on the NETS-S by completing an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=390142293245/. For more information on becoming an official partner of the project, call 202-861-7777.

ISTE's 27th annual NECC is being held in San Diego, Calif., July 5 through 7, at the San Diego Convention Center. NECC provides an annual forum for K-20 education professionals to learn, exchange ideas and survey the field of educational technology. Drawing more than 16,000 attendees annually, the conference offers hands-on workshops, lectures, discussions with key industry leaders and the largest exhibit of educational technology in the world. For more information, visit www.iste.org/necc.

NOTE TO EDITORS: In the standards name NETS-S, the dash represents a dot.

Note: Photos at www.iste.org/necc/press

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