Examining NETs for Teachers, it’s hard to imagine anyone being in opposition of them as one of the many assessment tools for teachers. Other than the word digital, how are these standards any different than those used around the world today?

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Clearly, there must be an infrastructure in place to appropriately assess teachers and their use of technology in the classroom.  Even further, it is imperative that the professional development and learning opportunities mirror the agreed upon expectations.  Often, administration makes a false assumption that if you give a teacher a computer then that teacher can be expected to use technology in the classroom.  False assumption!  Several factors can influence a teacher’s use of technology – how it enhances the learning objectives, IT infrastructure, student abilities, and teacher tech competency to name a few.  However, another vital factor is the competency of those assessing the NETs – are they qualified to do so?  Many times, administrators are in the same boat – or on the same bus – as the faculty and do not possess the skills to adequately use technology let alone evaluate its use.  I believe that the NETs should be an essential part of teacher evaluation – it holds us accountable and ensures we are meeting the needs of our students in their learning environment.  Accordingly, I believe that faculty, like students, must be properly prepared to be successful.