Educational Technology Standards in India


ISTE's Teacher Standards
ISTE’s Teacher Standards

Educational Technology Standards could be used to evaluate teachers’ knowledge and ability to teach in an information society, as well as their behavior. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a premier non-profit organization, creates technology standards for teachers. In the United States and other developed countries  ISTE standards are the benchmark for teacher training and professional development. So far, however, there has been little discussion about educational technology standards in Indian context.

Chapter title from ICT 10th standard text book, Department of General Education, Government of Kerala.
Chapter title from ICT 10th standard text-book, Department of General Education, Government of Kerala.

In India, educational technology standards for teachers are in its infancy stage. A review of websites belonging to the National Council for Educational Research and Training Teacher Education (NCERT), the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and Central Institute of Education Technology (CIET) shows the lack of technology standards for ICT-enabled instruction. In Kerala (a state in the southern part of India), ICT has been part of curriculum since 2003; however in the interviews conducted, teachers had never heard of the ISTE standard (e.g., Promote and Model Digital Citizenship), copyright issues and creative common licenses. Although,curricular objectives exist in ICT text books, CD’s and VCD on different subjects, more research needed to better understand and implement teacher and student technology standards in Indian context.

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