ISTE Standards

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The ISTE Standards, formerly known as the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), are standards for the use of technology in teaching and learning (technology integration).[1] They are published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit membership association for educators focused on educational technology. They include the ISTE Standards for Students, which list skills and attitudes expected of students.[2] They also include the ISTE Standards for Teachers, ISTE Standards for Administrators, ISTE Standards for Coaches and ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators.

The ISTE Standards are designed to work with learning models such as Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) [3] and support the implementation of content-area standards, including the Common Core State Standards.[4] They are often affiliated with new approaches to education, including project-based learning,[5] blended learning, and the flipped classroom model.


ISTE released the first version of the student standards in 1998 under the name National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). At that time, the standards focused on technology skills in students.[1] Standards for teachers and administrators followed in 2000 and 2001, respectively.

In 2007, ISTE reviewed the student standards and re-released them as the ISTE Standards for Students. Their focus became integration of technology in the classroom.[2] ISTE then updated the ISTE Standards for Teachers (2008) and the ISTE Standards for Administrators (2009).[6][7] In 2011, ISTE added two new sets of standards — the ISTE Standards for Coaches and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators.

In 2015, ISTE began another review of the standards. The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students were released in June 2016 at the 2016 ISTE Conference and Expo, and the 2017 ISTE Standards for Teachers will be released in June 2017.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Stager, Gary. "Refreshing the ISTE Technology Standards," District Administration, June 2007
  2. ^ a b "5 Things Teachers Should Know About the ISTE Tech Standards," Concordia University-Portland blog, Feb. 1, 2013
  3. ^ Martin, Barbara (2015-03-01). "Successful Implementation of TPACK in Teacher Preparation Programs - International Journal on Integrating Technology in Education" (PDF). International Journal on Integrating Technology in Education. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Common Sense Media, Standards Alignment". Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  5. ^ Barron, Ann (2003-12-01). "Large Scale Research Study on Technology in K-12 Schools - Journal of Research on Technology in Education". Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  6. ^ Herold, Benjamin (2015-06-11). "Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach - Education Week". Education Week. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Teach students to communicate effectively in the Innovation Age". eSchool News. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  8. ^ "How ISTE evolved into the largest ed-tech conference". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  9. ^ UGC, Chicago Tribune. "Phil Hintz of Gurnee School District 56 to Receive ISTE Award for Outstanding Leadership". Lake County News-Sun. Retrieved 2016-03-15.