Forsyth County Schools is committed to preparing students to learn, work and live in the 21st century by developing the modern technology skills which will enable them to be successful. Our vision is that classroom technology will engage students in asking questions and choosing tools to facilitate real world problem solving.
Part of the way in which FCS will meet this goal is by promoting and infusing all areas of instruction with skills known as the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S). The NETS-S Standards were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and are widely adopted throughout the United States and internationally.
NETS for Students
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c.use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.
2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
c. troubleshoot systems and applications.
d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Of course, all of this standards cannot be taught in one grade level. Starting in kindergarten, some standards are introduced and modeled and then spirally delivered in each grade level. Georgia Department of Education has developed K-8 Scope and Sequence
as a guide for teaching NETS to students.
The GaDOE Division of Technology Services has released over 400 new GPS aligned performance tasks showcasing the integration of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) for K-8 mathematics, social studies, science, and english language arts that will assist teachers in providing students with performance based tasks designed to improve their college and career readiness and 21st century skills. These performance tasks were created by a hard working team of 27 teachers from across Georgia.