Upper Perk Learns: Educational Plan


Upper Perk Learns Initiative:

  • Online Teaching & Learning Platform (Google Classroom/Sites, Schoology)
  • Professional Development (provided by the district)
    • Summer Institute/Workshops 
    • In Service and ACT 80 Opportunities
    • Administrative PD
  • Learning Walks 
  • Student Digital Portfolios
  • Collaborative Planning and PLCs
  • All students go through internet safety and digital citizenship program

Technology (NETS) Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) developed the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) with input from the field and pioneered their use among educators.

The NETS are the standards for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age and are widely recognized and adopted worldwide. The family of NETS—NETS for Students (NETS•S), NETS for Teachers (NETS•T), NETS for Administrators (NETS•A), NETS for Coaches (NETS•C), and NETS for Computer Science Teachers (NETS•CSE)–work together to transform education.

Technology has forever changed not only what we need to learn, but the way we learn. The NETS set a standard of excellence and best practices in learning, teaching, and leading with technology in education. The benefits of using the NETS include:

  • Improving higher-order thinking skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Preparing students for their future in a competitive global job market
  • Designing student-centered, project-based, and online learning environments
  • Guiding systemic change in our schools to create digital places of learning
  • Inspiring digital age professional models for working, collaborating, and decision making

Student NETS Standards

ISTE’s NETS for Students (NETS•S) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.

Simply being able to use technology is no longer enough. Today’s students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. Digital age skills are vital for preparing students to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.

1. Creativity and Innovation – Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

1a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

1b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

1c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues

1d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities

2. 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.

2a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety

of digital environments and media

2b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a

variety of media and formats

2c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of

other cultures

2d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

  1. Research and Information Fluency – Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

3a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry

3b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from

a variety of sources and media

3c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the

appropriateness to specific tasks

3d. Process data and report results

  1. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making – Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

4a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation

4b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project

4c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions

  1. Digital Citizenship – Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

5a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and


5b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration,

learning, and productivity

5c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning

5d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

  1. Technology Operations and Concepts – Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

6a. Understand and use technology systems

6b. Select and use applications effectively and productively

6c. Troubleshoot systems and applications

6d. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

Teacher NETS Standards

ISTE’s NETS for Teachers (NETS•T) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge educators need to teach, work, and learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society.

As technology integration continues to increase in our society, it is paramount that teachers possess the skills and behaviors of digital age professionals. Moving forward, teachers must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world.

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity – Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.

1a. Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and


1b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic

problems using digital tools and resources

1c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and

clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and

creative processes

1d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to- face and virtual environments

  1. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments – Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS·S.

2a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity

2b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress

2c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources

2d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology

  1. Model Digital Age Work and Learning – Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

3a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current

knowledge to new technologies and situations

3b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation

3c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats

3d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning

  1. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility – Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.

4a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources

4b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources

4c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

4d. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools

  1. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership – Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

5a. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning

5b. Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others

5c. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning

5d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community

Administrator NETS Standards

ISTE’s NETS for Administrators (NETS•A) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge school administrators and leaders need to support digital age learning, implement technology, and transform the education landscape.

Transforming schools into digital age places of learning requires leadership from people who can accept new challenges and embrace new opportunities. Now more than ever, the success of technology integration depends on leaders who can implement systemic reform in our schools.

  1. Visionary Leadership – Educational Administrators inspire and lead development and implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the organization.

1a. Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital-age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders

1b. Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement, and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision

1c. Advocate on local, state and national levels for policies, programs, and funding to support implementation of a technology-infused vision and strategic plan

  1. Digital Age Learning Culture – Educational Administrators create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students.

2a. Ensure instructional innovation focused on continuous improvement of digital-age learning

2b. Model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning

2c. Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners

2e. Promote and participate in local, national, and global learning communities that stimulate innovation, creativity, and digital age collaboration

  1. Excellence in Professional Practice – Educational Administrators promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources.

3a. Allocate time, resources, and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration

3b. Facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture and support administrators, faculty, and staff in the study and use of technology

3c. Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital age tools

3d. Stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning

  1. Systemic Improvement – Educational Administrators provide digital age leadership and management to continuously improve the organization through the effective use of information and technology resources.

4a. Lead purposeful change to maximize the achievement of learning goals through the appropriate use of technology and media-rich resources

4b. Collaborate to establish metrics, collect and analyze data, interpret results, and share findings to improve staff performance and student learning

4c. Recruit and retain highly competent personnel who use technology creatively and proficiently to advance academic and operational goals

4d. Establish and leverage strategic partnerships to support systemic improvement

4e. Establish and maintain a robust infrastructure for technology including integrated, interoperable technology systems to support management, operations, teaching, and learning

  1. Digital Citizenship – Educational Administrators model and facilitate understanding of social, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities related to an evolving digital culture.

5a. Ensure equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners

5b. Promote, model and establish policies for safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology

5c. Promote and model responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

5d. Model and facilitate the development of a shared cultural understanding and involvement in global issues through the use of contemporary communication and collaboration tools

Technology Integration Framework


  • ISTE NETS Standards
    • Students
    • Teachers
    • Administrators

  • SAMR Model for Technology Integration

Technology Observation Framework

Possible Options Include:


  • HEAT and LOTI
  • iCot ISTE Evaluation Tool