Over the course of about a year and a half, a committee of teachers under the direction of Kathleen Bondi, Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Government Programs, met to develop updated technology curriculum guidelines for our diocesan schools. The guidelines that have been developed were introduced to schools in the spring of 2013 and should be the foundation for technology integration across all subjects beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. These guidelines have been built upon the platform of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S).

From the ISTE (International Society for Techology in Education) website regarding the NETS:
Why Are the NETS Important?
Technology has forever changed not only what we need to learn, but the way we learn. The NETS set a standard of excellence and best practices in learning, teaching, and leading with technology in education. The benefits of using the NETS include:
  • Improving higher-order thinking skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Preparing students for their future in a competitive global job market
  • Designing student-centered, project-based, and online learning environments
  • Guiding systemic change in our schools to create digital places of learning
  • Inspiring digital age professional models for working, collaborating, and decision making

Although some of these standards are already in practice in our school, we will need to look more closely at ways to better integrate technology into all areas of the curriculum for our 21st century students. There are six strands of standards within the NETS:

Creativity and InnovationCommunication and CollaborationResearch and Information FluencyCritical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision MakingDigital CitizenshipTechnology Operations and Concepts
The link to the curriculum document below offers an overview of skill areas to be integrated across the curriculum.

Technology Guidelines K-12 Diocese of Allentown