National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) 2007

Internet and Computing Core Certification Standards


Technology Operations and Concepts

A. IC³ Standard – Computing Fundamentals

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
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understand and use technology systems.

1. Computer Hardware:

select and use applications effectively and productively.
a. Identify types of computers, how they process information and how individual computers interact with other computing systems and devices
troubleshoot systems and applications.
b. Identify the function of computer hardware components
transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
c. Identify the factors that go into an individual or organizational decision on how to purchase computer equipment

d. Identify how to maintain computer equipment and solve common problems relating to computer hardware

2. Computer Software:

a. Identify how software and hardware work together to perform computing tasks and how software is developed and upgraded

b. Identify different types of software, general concepts relating to software categories, and the tasks to which each type of software is most suited or not suited

c. Identify fundamental concepts relating to database applications

3. Using an Operating System:

a. Identify what an operating system is and how it works, and solve common problems related to operating systems

b. Manipulate and control the Windows desktop, files and disks

c. Identify how to change system settings, install and remove software


Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

B. IC³ Standard – Key Applications

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
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identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.

1. Common Program Functions:

plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
a. Be able to start and exit a Windows application and utilize sources of online help
collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
b. Identify common on-screen elements of Windows applications, change application settings and manage files within an application
use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
c. Perform common editing and formatting functions

d. Perform common printing functions

2. Word Processing Functions:

a. Be able to format text and documents including the ability to use automatic formatting tools

b. Be able to insert, edit and format tables in a document

3. Spreadsheet Functions:

a. Be able to modify worksheet data and structure and format data in a worksheet

b. Be able to sort data, manipulate data using formulas and functions and add and modify charts in a worksheet

4. Presentation Software:

a. Be able to create and format simple presentations


Digital Citizenship

C. IC³ Standard – Living Online

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
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advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

1. Networks and the Internet:

exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
a. Identify network fundamentals and the benefits and risks of network computing
demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
b. Identify the relationship between computer networks, other communications networks (like the telephone network) and the Internet
exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

2. Electronic Mail:

a. Identify how electronic mail works

b. Identify how to use an electronic mail application

c. Identify the appropriate use of e-mail and e-mail related "netiquette"


Research and Information Fluency

3. Using the Internet:

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a. Identify different types of information sources on the Internet
plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. Be able to use a Web browsing application
locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. Be able to search the Internet for information
evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

3. The Impact of Computing and the Internet on Society:

process data and report results.
a. Identify how computers are used in different areas of work, school, and home

b. Identify the risks of using computer hardware and software

c. Identify how to use the Internet safely, legally, and responsibly


Creativity and Innovation


Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

identify trends and forecast possibilities.


Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.