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GaITAC Sub-Committee. NETS-S Curriculum Review. Purpose for Review. To determine which curriculum will best support students’ preparation for success on the 8 th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment. . Four Guiding Areas. CONTENT Alignment with current 8 th  grade assessment.

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purpose for review
Purpose for Review
  • To determine which curriculum will best support students’ preparation for success on the 8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment.
four guiding areas
Four Guiding Areas


  • Alignment with current 8th grade assessment.
  • Strength of remediation and tutorials (Is it simply a score\right or wrong or does the program offer feedback/further instruction based on student data?).
  • Method of delivery – individual only, teacher led only, or combination.
  • Rigorous grade-level appropriate materials.


  • Reporting features – student scores/assessments, time on task, etc.?
  • Are there incremental chances to assess or one final score? 
  • Are assessments graded by computer or teacher?
  • Are there multiple types of assessment?
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Four Guiding Areas


  • Time required for completion.
  • Access to material – web-based and 24/7, server based, or CD based.


  • Audio/video components and visual graphics.
  • Ease of use for students.
  • Authenticity of the experience.
  • Ability to repeat modules.
  • Feedback to increase understanding.
materials reviewed
Materials Reviewed
  • Common Sense Media
  • GaVS Digital Citizenship Modules
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy
common sense media
Common Sense Media


  • Free.
  • Good lesson plans and materials for teacher led instruction.
  • Great video examples that prompt group discussion.
  • Strong correlation to NETS relating to Digital Citizenship. Also supports communication and research standards.
  • Content broken down by grade level.
  • Lots of helpful communication with parents such as tips for home use of technology.
  • Includes online training for teachers.
  • NETS-S alignment chart available - loosely aligned to each lesson.
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Common Sense Media


  • No online component for students outside of videos – teacher led lessons.
  • Time constraints on teachers to prepare additional lessons.
  • Doesn’t cover all NETS – gaps in areas other than Digital Citizenship.
  • Assessment is subjective. Guided discussion questions come with sample answers to help you gauge your students’ understanding of specific learning outcomes through informal classroom conversations.
  • Each lesson also contains guidance for using project-based assessment to gauge student understanding of concepts.
  • No data collection feature.
gavs digital citizenship modules
GaVS Digital Citizenship Modules


  • Free.
  • Aligned to the” Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship” (Ribble and Bailey) and the NETS-S Digital Citizenship standard.
  • Willing to adjust content to our needs – planning a module on each NETS-S standard.
  • Essential questions and key vocabulary.
  • Text-based materials have “read aloud” option.
  • User control over audio and video elements.
  • Videos loaded fast and were appropriate and engaging.
  • Consistency of activities and easy navigation.
  • Alternative accessible activity content.
  • Interactive reviews of material throughout the modules.
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GaVS Digital Citizenship Modules


  • Reading content seems to be for young adults/adults.
  • Content would not be engaging or understandable for younger students.
  • No data tracking feature for teachers to use for assessment.
  • Self Check “Quiz” questions do not provide feedback outside of the correct answer.
learning com


  • Variety of materials (activities, discussion, game, lessons, videos, simulations/practice, journals, quizzes, web links, etc.).
  • EasyTech aligned to the 8th grade assessment.
  • Great video lessons using avatars would motivate and engage students.
  • Short amounts of information followed by self quiz.
  • Captioned lessons good when audio is not available or for differentiation.
  • Content is differentiated by grade levels (Mainly for K-8).
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  • Student data available for certain lessons to track progress.
  • Teachers can choose whole units or single lessons to preview and assign to students or create their own materials.
  • Multiple topics are searchable by GA standards from 2006-2009 (Older standards searchable at the element level).
  • Web-based resources. No download required.
  • Some materials adjust based on student results.
  • Materials do not focus on a particular brand.
  • Each unit has at least one “real world” assignment to complete.
  • Multiple topics covered and students can repeat modules.
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  • Cost.
  • Many of the Internet Safety resources, especially at the HS level, link to free web-based materials.
  • The “Find by Standard” option does not include a search option for NETS-S. Quote from site: “EasyTech has also earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment to its NETS-S 2007 student standards.”
  • Time consuming to implement.
  • Some of the secondary video introductions are too childish.
  • Journal entries not submitted electronically - print to PDF or paper.
  • Quizzes do not provide usable feedback outside of the correct answer.
  • Tech Driven instead of learning driven by needs of the project.
  • Would require teacher training on use and management.
  • Quiz is 10 questions – must be able to read – no audio directions.
microsoft digital literacy
Microsoft Digital Literacy


  • Free
  • Available online or as a download.
  • Addresses digital literacy, productivity programs, Internet safety, ethics, etc. (no objectives on bullying noted).
  • Modules contain interactive games and self-tests (some of which provide feedback).
  • Differentiated content (basic and advanced levels).
  • Teacher could possibly use for whole group activities.
  • Digital Literacy Certificate Test provides personal learning plan upon completion steering students back to modules.
  • Scores and assessments are provided to the end-user.
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Microsoft Digital Literacy


  • Mainly text-based – very little audio/video components noted.
  • Not motivating for students.
  • Simulated exercises lacked authenticity.
  • Only Microsoft specific products covered.
  • Data/reports not available for the teacher.
  • eLearning requires updated Internet Explorer browser.
  • Takes several minutes for eLearning Viewer to load.
  • No documented NETS-S alignment noted although it covers some standards.
  • No grade level(s) identified for materials.
  • Designed with an adult audience in mind.
  • Difficult to navigate back to Home screen.
  • Time consuming to implement.
  • These materials were all very different in regard to content addressed, delivery format, and audience.
  • We would like to review other materials such as EdvationTechSteps.
  • Since GaVS is planning additional NETS-S aligned modules and would work to meet our needs, it would be helpful to research possibilities for data collection with this platform.
  • If we had to select one of these four without considering further options, we would choose
input from gaitac
Input from GaITAC
  • What are your thoughts?
  • Shall we review more options and research GaVS further?