What are the NETS-S?

The NETS-S are the National Educational Technology Standards for Students, adopted by the Georgia State Board of Education at the April 2011 Board meeting. The NETS were developed by ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) and are widely used across the globe. The 6 standards are:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts


  • Employers need work ready employees with technology skills
  • NETS-S are based on problem solving and higher order thinking
  • Research shows that technology engages students
  • NETS-S can enhance (not replace) activities that occur in the classroom

What are the grade level indicators?

  • Determine what students should know and be able to do at each grade level
  • Task oriented
  • Based on mastery level: demonstrated by teacher, small or whole group, with assistance, independent

Where do I begin?

  • Click on the NETS-S link to the left to see the elements within each standard.
  • Click on the K-8 Scope and Sequence link to the left to see how the NETS-S fit into your classroom.
  • Begin with integrating NETS-S into a single lesson or unit.
  • Expand technology enhanced lessons as your skills increase.
  • Accept that you do not have to be the expert. You can learn along with your students.