ISTE has developed technology integration standards for teachers, administrators, and students. Under the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NET*S), K-12 students are encouraged to use the same tools they use to communicate with their friends outside of school to "...construct knowledge to generate new ideas....to use digital media to work collaboratively [to] develop cultural understanding and global awareness."
By following some of the ideas in the book, Connecting Students to STEM Careers, Social Networking Strategies, students will not only broaden their awareness of trends and opportunities in these fields, they will, in the process, expand their proficiency in the use of technology for professional purposes. They will gain:
- Research and Information Fluency
- [Skills related to] Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Digital Citizenship [by learning about safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology]
- [...a sound understanding of] Technology Operations and Concepts
Members have access to a worldwide community of their peers on the ISTE site through blogging, Nings, and other social and digital media tools. If you're a teacher or a parent, I suggest it's important to stay ahead of the digital curve.