Whose job is it?

The ISTE Nets outline standards related to technology in education.

Standards are guideposts for schools.  Teachers, parents, and students use them as a tool to focus on what students are expected to learn.
As these standards become more and more important in the world of education; the question of who is responsible for teaching these standards comes up?

The simple answer is EVERYBODY.  Anybody who is part of a child’s education needs to have a hand in some of teaching the ISTE Nets standards.

cc John M

To get some feedback to on this I went around my school asking different people what would be their role in teaching these standards.  All of the answers are informal, but provide some insights.


•Inform the school community about the standards
•Provide time and organizational structures to enable understanding and
implementation of the standards
•Facilitate growth through workshops and professional deveopment on the standards
•Encourage collaboration and communication
•Assess use of the standards by teachers in their classrooms
•Document the standards in curriculum maps

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•Provide direction and vehicles for introducing tech standards to teachers and students
•Mesh teachers’ instructional beliefs with learning and implementing technology
•Help teachers overcome their fears related to technology and tech standards


•Intentionally address the standards in instruction
•Model, teach, review and continually monitor ethical use
•Document tech standards with in curriculum maps
•Support parent understanding of appropriate and acceptable use
•Embed tech standards in units of study


•Behave ethically, responsibly and safely
•Be conscious about learning the standards and using them consistently in their work


•Model appropriate use of technology
•Understand the Acceptable Use Agreements of the school, and reinforce them with their child
•Monitor their child’s behavior and time online

As educators how do we ensure they are being met in an integrated model?  I think a lot of the points listed above could also answer this question as well.  However, I believe the simple answer is through proper planning and communication.  Having a good plan in place will keep things organized and will lead to less problems from popping up.  Good communication ensures that everybody will understand what needs to be done and how to do it.

I realize that there is a lot more involved than that, but good planning and effective communication between all of the stakeholders will go a long way.

It is important to remember that standards are NOT the curriculum.  However, standards can help in the creation of curriculum.  The NETS standards are there to help us devise curriculum that will help our students as they face the needs of the needs of the 21st century.


4 responses to “Whose job is it?

  1. It sounds as if you have already made headway in the “good communication” component of making sure that ISTE NETS standards are being met. Asking questions of all stakeholders is a good way to get everyone involved and thinking about what is necessary to make this work. Often parents are left in the dark about the standards that the school is aiming to meet and students don’t always communicate with the parents about important procedures and expectations. Open communication is key, especially when the internet has opened up so many avenues of authentic (and sometimes warped) communication.

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  3. Thank you for your great post and taking the time to survey what the different stakeholders need to know about the standards. What I like about the ISTE standards is that they are not restrictive. They are open ended enough to allow teachers to teach authentically, while at the same time, they maintain accountability in education. I worry when standards become translated into deductive benchmarks. Then they seem to become associated to grades and age levels. I wonder what a perfect world of perfectly scoring 10 year olds would look like. I agree with Ruth above. Open communication should stop severe misunderstandings of the standards form occurring. Thank you again!

  4. Love the way you’ve broken this down in terms of stakeholder groups! This really demonstrates how everyone is responsible for making sure that the standards are met. Do you think your school will standardize expectations for all of these stakeholder groups? It would be really interesting to see what that would look like!

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