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National Educational Technology Standards

NETS the next generaltion


ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) have served as a roadmap since 1998 for improved teaching and learning by educators. ISTE standards for students, teachers, and administrators help to measure proficiency and set aspirational goals for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to succeed in today’s Digital Age.  Our proven leadership in developing these benchmarks and providing guidance in implementing them has resulted in broad adoption of the ISTE standards in the U.S. and in several countries.

In June 2008, ISTE released the next generation of NETS for Teachers, which focuses on "using technology to learn and teach."

NETS for Teachers 2008

  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  • Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessment
  • Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
  • Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  • Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership


"Teachers must become comfortable as co-learners with their students and with colleagues around the world. Today it is less about staying ahead and more about moving ahead as members of dynamic learning communities. The digital-age teaching professional must demonstrate a vision of technology infusion and develop the technology skills of others.  These are the hallmarks of the new education leader."

—Don Knezek, ISTE CEO, 2008

The Ultimate ISTE NETS Resources

NETS Library

 NETS Educational Technology Standards for Students book cover  
Today's Teachers and Students Need Digital Age Skills  
These second editions also contain:
  • Student profiles or Rubrics for Teachers
  • Essential conditions
  • Real-world scenarios
For order information, visit for the NETS for Students or for NETS for Teachers.
The whole NETS library is available in our bookstore. Browse these titles online and see what NETS has to offer you.

ISTE Seal of Alignment

Need Help Implementing the NETS?

Look for ISTE's Seal of Alignment on curricula, assessments, and resources for assurance that:

  • these have been rigorously reviewed by third-party NETS experts;
  • the NETS standards and indicators are embedded in products and are met in measurable, documented ways;
  • these can help you meet the NETS for Students, Teachers, or Administrators.

Read more about products that have earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment and see where they can help meet the NETS.


More Information

For more information about topics discussed within these pages, contact:

Lynn Nolan
Senior Strategic Initiatives Officer
International Society for Technology in Education
1.800.336.5191 (U.S. and Canada)
1.541.302.3777 (International)
1.541.302.3778 (fax)

Lajeane Thomas
NETS Project Director
Louisiana Tech University

NETS Development Team

Customer Service:   1.800.336.5191   1.541.302.3777 (Int'l)   1.541.302.3778 (fax)
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