21st Century Teaching Standards
NETS - National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers
21st Century Teaching 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.
As teachers design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community. All teachers should meet the following standards and performance indicators.
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
a. Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
i. Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
ii. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources
iii. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
iv. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students,colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environment
2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
a. Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS.
i. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
ii. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress
iii. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources
iv. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching
3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning
a. Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
i. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations
ii. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation
iii. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats
iv. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning