Standards for Global Learning in the Digital Age–My Critique

Standards for Global Learning in the Digital Age

http://www.iste.org/standards.aspx

“Educational technology standards are the roadmap to teaching effectively and growing professionally in an increasingly digital world. [Who says? There is absolutely no proof of what you say.] Technology literacy is a crucial component of modern society. In fact, the globalizing economy [What does the globalizing economy have to do with the need to learn to use computers?] and technological advances continue to place a premium on a highly skilled labor force. [Perhaps but these can be and should be taught by the employers. Actually the kids already learn to use computers in the home, theirs or someone else’s, or library, etc. They do NOT need to learn it in school. This is a part of a school trying to be everything to everybody; to take on more than they should. Technology has been a part of our world for over 100 years. It has not been needed to be taught in grade school before. Why now? Radio was supposed to revolutionize education circa 1900; TV circa 1950; now it is computers?]

Education Must Change [NO, IT DOES NOT!!!!!!]

As technology dramatically changes our society, educators need to demonstrate the skills and behaviors of digital-age professionals. Competence [within their field] with technology [not technology] is the foundation.

* Societies are changing [Societies have always changed.]
* Expectations are changing [Not really. Mine are still the same.]
* Teaching is changing [It does not have to. Or rather it should go back to the pre-computer ways of teaching.]
* Educators must lead [Yes but not in technology.]

Transforming Learning Environments with Technology

Today’s educators must provide a learning environment that takes students beyond the walls of their classrooms and into a world of endless opportunities. Technology standards promote this classroom transformation by ensuring that digital-age students are empowered [since when did students need to be empowered to learn? They have always been natural learners.] to learn, live, and work successfully today and tomorrow.” [Human beings are the most adaptable creatures on the planet. They will learn, live and work on their own. High school never did prepare one for life, directly, nor should it.]

“Widely adopted and recognized in the United States, and increasingly adopted in countries worldwide [the number one country in Math and Science do NOT have one computer in their classrooms (Finland). They do not use technology. So I doubt that countries world-wide are adopting it.], the NETS integrate educational technology standards across all educational curricula. While most educational standards apply to a specific content area, the NETS are not subject-matter specific, but rather a compendium of skills required for students to be competitive and successful in a global and digital world.

The NETS address learning and teaching across entire educational systems and at all student levels.

The NETS are used for technology planning and curriculum development across primary and secondary school settings.

The NETS transform how students learn and how teachers teach.

Supporting a New Generation of Technology Standards

To address the rapid changes in technology, instruction, and learning environments, ISTE recently led a collaborative, international effort to refresh the NETS. Thousands of educators and education leaders participated in the project, resulting in the release of the refreshed standards beginning in 2007.” [Since I do not agree with anything you’ve said so far your goals are superfluous, and most assuredly unnecessary. But, I will attempt a critique.]

“Digital-Age Learning

As foundational technology skills penetrate throughout our society, students will be expected to apply the basics in authentic, integrated ways to solve problems, complete projects, and creatively extend their abilities. ISTE’s NETS for Students (2007) help students prepare to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.

The new standards identify several higher-order thinking skills and digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in our emerging global society. These areas include the ability to:

* [1] Demonstrate creativity and innovation
* [2] Communicate and collaborate
* [3] Conduct research and use information
* [4] Think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
* [5] Use technology effectively and productively“

[I love it. Numbers 1-4 are generally taught in college. What in the heck are they going to innovate? They should be trying to learn the basics, not trying to solve the world’s problems. If they do not know the basics then what good is their research and their use of the information? Number 5 they do without the need for schools. They do it at home and elsewhere. Why is it you feel the need to speed up their adulthood?]

Here is where I stop. The rest really is superfluous, as I said earlier.

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