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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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Gaitac sub committee

GaITAC Sub-Committee

NETS-S Curriculum Review

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?

Four guiding areas1
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.

Common sense media1
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.

Gavs digital citizenship modules1
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).

Learning com1


  • 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.

Learning com2


  • 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.

Microsoft digital literacy1
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?