NETs standards and curriculum

NETs’ standards

Since I am not sure what teaching the NET standards to students means to students and us, I looked at Jamie’s blog post called ‘Tech Standards: Who Should Be Teaching Them Anyway?’ This helps to give me a clue to know how NETs should be treated.They look to me that they are the global guidelines, on which digital users such as students and us could follow to meet international standards. In Jamie’s school, NETs have been integrated with his school’s educational technology expectations(ETE). They are the basic components to meet his school’s ETE so that his school is on the right track of trans-media age.

Then is it something right or wrong? Does it matter if they are not on the right track, which refers to the NETs standards? What for reasons those standards are made? Since all technological tools are part of our daily lives, they have already been embedded with our normal days. Such tools are analogous to languages too.

Hidetoshi Nakata and his talent

Last week when we had a fun conversation about sports during our lunch break, one of my colleagues said to me

Nakata as the ex-football player is my favorite player! He is so intelligent that he could have gone to Tokyo university, yet he took his career as a football player at first hand. After his retirement as a professional football player regardless of his young age, he lives in a completely different world as he speaks 4 languages or so.’


I also know how talented he is since his gift has been exposed to the media . I have heard that in terms of his talent on languages and footballs, they are not only the targets of his life. They are part of his life, and he has been on his way to building up his life. As for languages, I assume he did not learn them only for the purpose to acquire language skills, which have been integrated with his life.

Title: Hidetoshi Nakata. Attributions: by aiksing Aik Sing Neo.

I know that what he has been doing can not be done as easily as he does  since I am sure he is born to be smart and his intelligence is beyond my understanding, yet what he approaches his life could give me a hint to tackle with how we should interact with the advent of  technology, in particular, in this case ISTE Standards. How could they become a part of the educational curriculum as Nakata’s conductive 4 languages and his experience as a professional football player have been in his life? Technological standards such as ISTEs are not the purpose for us to achieve but only a part of our lives or a tiny bit of a process to formulate each long or short life.

NETs standards VS The project itself

If this is considered, I think how we could tell whether they are being met in the integrated model can be only clear or transparent when students and us could feel themselves or ourselves in a short term or long term that they could not achieve or accomplish their or our purpose without the aid of those tools. (I am sure this kind of aim or big idea would never end even if it is completed to the deadline.) No ones could seem to judge if what you have been doing reaches the standards because it has been going on not to meet the standards but to strive for the project or the problem based activity.

This kind of open-ended thinking could lead to what Rebekah and Kim made a point  during the workshop yesterday referring back to a school where Rebekha used to teach. When there are nothing to be scared of or lose, we could easily go beyond the set-frameworks such as curriculum and standards.

Whose job is it?

Can we explain to students and ourselves transparently that we have a curriculum to meet or follow the global educational standard, which has to be coordinated with the current technological tools. This means to us that they will change day by day just like the currency in the stock market, and we would have to adapt to the environment. As a school staff or a teacher, some teachers/staff know better than others regarding how to interact with up-dated technology and so do students. Could we help each other regarding technology matters to pursue what we want or how we want to be in a future?

Then Who’s job is it to teach the NETs standards to students? It is teachers that instruct the NETs standards to students. Who’s job is it to teach the NETs to teachers, by whom students are learned? It could be everyone who understands the NETs that guides them.

Since our school currently is trying to approach the technological integration with our school curriculum, media department where I belong is getting ready for a new school year, when every one of us in our school would have one lap-top for each(M/HS students and all school staff).

Mitch as a computer technologist instructs each member of our media department to be proactive for possible situation once everyone gets a Mac every two weeks. So far he introduces us convenient tools to be used for your digital educational life. I take the session in a sense that we have been learning useful applications or tools now to be able to help other staff or teachers in order for each of us to feel natural or part of the better digital environment.


  • ‘Tech Standards: Who Should Be Teaching Them Anyway?’ by Richard, Jamie. Learning for life. April 20, 2012. WordPress. Online. Learning for life. 2011.
  • ‘Hidetoshi Nakata’ by aiksing Aik Sing Neo. May 1, 2011. Yahoo. Online. 2012. Flicker. 2012.

Steve Jobs and ISTE’s NETS

It was my first adventure to start from learning what NETS is and What ISTE stands for. According to Wikipedia, National Educational Technology Standards(NETS) were set by International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE). The purpose is ‘to leverage the use of technology in K-12 education to enable students to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital society’. It was funded by NASA in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, the Millken Exchange on Education Technology and Apple Computer. The first set of standards, NETS for Students, was released in June 1998. Please let me highlight that ISTE was consulted with Apple Computer here. Steve Jobs as the founder of Apple company passed away a few days ago. On the 6th of October, I was told by one of parents at my school(, where I work), and I confessed that I could not recognize his name soon after I heard his name from her although it did not take much time for me to realize that he was the Apple co-founder. On TV, Mr.Son Masayoshi as the Softbank CEO said that ‘he was just like  Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni’. When his name was sparked by his voice, I realized that he was such a revolutionary man to have contributed his life to this unprecedented IT society. What amazed me was his life itself. This all can be referred to his speech addressed at the commencement ceremony of Stanford University in 2005. He believed what he had believed in himself no matter what other people said. Needless to say his life was so unique. He did not follow his life as almost other people did. The cite below I came across reading the article from Edutopia.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

This also reminded me of what our wonderful YIS COETAIL instructor Kim had advised regarding the tips for blog-posts. ‘Take your time, write from the heart, write what’s comfortable and keep trying.’  This approach will show me how to reflect on my work honestly too, and give me a chance to have a meditation. As I also saw what Mr Jobs was interested in on TV, he was in touch with ZEN, where he could get unprecedented idea.

 His speech could highlight what NETS are meant to be, and all the reasons behind the foundation of ISTE. As you know NETS are as follows

1.Creativity and Innovation

2.Communication and Collaboration Research and Information Fluency

3.Research and Information Fluency

4.Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

5.Digital Citizenship

6.Technology Operations and Concepts

Is ‘Creativity and Innovation’ put intentionally at the first line or top of 6 fundamental principles? It seems to me that this is the driving force of all other standards, and at the heart of Mr Steve Job, who might not even have intended to become a creator or an innovator. I think educating students followed by those dogmas are not as easy as we think, yet at the same time not as inapplicable to everyday life as we think because just like Steve Job himself dropped out of his college school, there are also students who just do not want to come to school to learn any subjects, which they were not interested in anyway for whatever reasons were behind and rather love to stay where they find convenient to learn. This is really what we call customized life. He did not to have to get on the right track, which other people followed.  However Steve was old or matured or determined enough to make his grounded decision by himself since he had known or understood himself more than anybody could tell who/what he is. To do something unprecedented thing takes a certain amount of risk, time and courage since majority of people have never done. After his death, NETS do not seem to be only standards themselves but also something that goes to his solid sense of self-esteem.