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The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)

The numbers in the parentheses after each item identify the standards (1-6) most closely linked to the activity described.  Each activity may relate to one indicator, to multiple indicators, or to the overall standards referenced.

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

The NETS Scope & Sequence

Grades PK-2

The following experiences with technology and digital resources are examples of learning activities in which students might engage during PK-Grade 2 (Ages 4-8):

  1. Illustrate and communicate original ideas and stories using digital tools and media-rich resources. (1,2)
  2. Identify, research, and collect data on an environmental issue using digital resources and propose a developmentally appropriate solution. (1,3,4)
  3. Engage in learning activities with learners from multiple cultures through e-mail and other electronic means. (2,6)
  4. In a collaborative work group, use a variety of technologies to produce a digital presentation or product in a curriculum area. (1,2,6)
  5. Find and evaluate information related to a current or historical person or event using digital resources. (3)
  6. Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)
  7. Demonstrate safe and cooperative use of technology. (5)
  8. Independently apply digital tools and resources to address a variety of tasks and problems. (4,6)
  9. Communicate about technology using developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology. (6)
  10. Demonstrate the ability to navigate in virtual environments such as electronic books, simulation software, and Web sites. (6)

Grades 3-5

The following experiences with technology and digital resources are examples of learning activities in which students might engage during Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-11):

  1. Produce a media-rich digital story about a significant local event based on first-person interviews. (1,2,3,4)
  2. Use digital-imaging technology to modify or create works of art for use in a digital presentation. (1,2,6)
  3. Recognize bias in digital resources while researching an environmental issue with guidance from the teacher. (3,4)
  4. Select and apply digital tools to collect, organize, and analyze data to evaluate theories or test hypotheses. (3,4,6)
  5. Identify and investigate a global issue and generate possible solutions using digital tools and resources (3,4)
  6. Conduct science experiments using digital instruments and measurement devices. (4,6)
  7. Conceptualize, guide, and manage individual or group learning projects using digital planning tools with teacher support. (4,6)
  8. Practice injury prevention by applying a variety of ergonomic strategies when using technology. (5)
  9. Debate the effect of existing and emerging technologies on individuals, society, and the global community. (5,6)
  10. Apply previous knowledge of digital technology operations to analyze and solve current hardware and software problems. (4,6)


The numbers in the parentheses after each item identify the standards (1-6) most closely linked to the activity described.  Each activity may relate to one indicator, to multiple indicators, or to the overall standards referenced.

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