NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM – Part two

On March 19, 2012, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

Self Review Framework for the ICT Mark/ITEM

Part two of my review of the NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM looks at the Self-review framework (SRF), which provides a structured method to review your school’s use of ICT and its impact on school improvement. The SRF is free to use and is linked to national standards for ICT and will help you to:

  1. Understand what “good” use of ICT looks like
  2. Benchmark your progress against other schools
  3. Identify your strengths
  4. Create an action plan for improvement

You can sign into the BECTA SRF site at:

The SRF is divided into six elements, which are designed to both support and challenge your school, and you can work through each element at your own pace (* provided courtesy of BECTA).

1. Leadership and management

  • Develop and communicate a shared vision for ICT
  • Plan a sustainable ICT strategy
  • Develop an effective information management strategy

2. Planning

  • Plan for the development of pupils’ ICT capability
  • Plan the use of ICT to support the curriculum and respond to new technologies
  • Ensure pupils’ ICT experiences are progressive, coherent, balanced and consistent
  • Identify and evaluate the impact of ICT on learning and teaching

3. Learning

  • Plan the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching
  • Meet pupils’ expectations for the use of ICT
  • Consider the impact of ICT on learning

4. Assessment of ICT capability

  • Assess ICT capability of pupils’ to support their learning
  • Use assessment evidence and data in planning learning and teaching across the whole curriculum
  • Assess the learning in specific subjects when ICT has been used

5. Professional development

  • Identify and address the ICT training needs of your school and individual staff
  • Provide quality support and training activities for all staff in the use of ICT sharing effective practice
  • Review, monitor and evaluate professional development as an integral part of the development of your school

6. Resources

  • Ensure learning and teaching environments use ICT effectively and in line with strategic needs
  • Purchase, deploy and review appropriate ICT resources that reflect your school improvement strategy
  • Manage technical support effectively for the benefit of pupils and staff

Once your school has reached a certain level on the SRF you can then move forward and apply for the ICT Mark/ITEM.

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NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM – Part one

On March 5, 2012, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

The ICT Mark and ITEM

The ICT Mark is an accreditation for schools that have reached nationally agreed levels within the self-review framework. Schools accredited with the ICT Mark standard are demonstrating that they are committed to using technology to improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency.

The continued development of the ICT Mark by NAACE, supported by the Department for Education is supporting schools to raise standards by using the Self-review Framework. Celebrate putting technology at the heart of learning in your school by working towards the ICT Mark.

The International Technology in Education Mark (ITEM) is an Internationally recognised accreditation based on the ICT Mark and ISTE NETS. Accredited by NAACE, which is a UK based ISTE affiliate, ITEM provides the framework for International schools to self-review their technology provision throughout all areas of the school from administration and management to curriculum technology integration.

The Benefits of the ICT Mark/ITEM

The ICT Mark/ITEM can help your school to demonstrate the effective use of technology throughout a range of initiatives and as ICT reaches deeply into the core of all school activities the ICT Mark/ITEM can provide widespread benefits across many aspects of school life.

Applying for ICT Mark/ITEM assessment and achieving accreditation can offer your school a number of benefits*:

  • Provides an opportunity to celebrate success
  • Verifies your own self-review judgements
  • Recognises whole school improvement
  • Provides an opportunity to be seen as centre of excellence
  • Tells suppliers that you are an informed customer
  • Provides you with credibility for hosting visits and providing services
  • Provides an opportunity for learners to celebrate their use of ICT
  • Gives parents confidence that technology is being used effectively
  • Informs parents that you offer better communication to families and homes
  • Informs other schools and organisations that you are a potential partner for extending opportunities for learning through technology
  • Raises public recognition of good practice in the use of ICT
  • Strengthens your bids for involvement in new initiatives
  • Recognises your commitment to self-review and evaluation
  • Recognises your commitment and hard work
  • Includes promotional material and guidance on how to use the ICT Mark to promote your school.

* Benefits listed courtesy of NAACE

As you can see the working towards the ICT Mark/ITEM can benefit your school in many ways.

My next post will look at The Self Review Framework for the ICT Mark/ITEM.


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ISTE NETS – International Technology Standards

On May 16, 2011, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

What is ISTE?

ISTE, The International Society for Technology in Education, is dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning through the effective integration of technology in education.

Representing over 100,000 leading educators worldwide ISTE is a powerful association that is leading a global transformation of education.

What are NETS?

NETS, National Education Technology Standards, are a set of benchmarks that help to measure competence for the integration of technology in education. Originally conceived in 1998 NETS have now become the Internationally recognised standards for technology in education across all international curricula. NETS are not subject content specific but address the skills students need for the digital literacy required for success in the 21st century.<

NETS are applicable throughout all curricula and at all age levels and are used to plan technology integration and develop the curriculum across both the primary and secondary school changing the way teachers teach and students learn. The latest release of NETS standards came in 2007 following their international development involving thousands of educators and leaders.

Three levels of NETS Standards have been developed:

NETS-S – Equipping students with 21st century technology and learning skills to become effective global digital citizens. NET-S encourages student creativity and innovation, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, and the effective use of technology.

NETS-T – Equipping teachers to change the way they plan and teach through the integration of technology throughout the curriculum. NETS-T provided teachers with 21st century skills and knowledge for effective technology integration in today’s digital society.

NETS-A – Equipping school leaders with the skills and knowledge to create and maintain an environment that supports technology integration and 21st century learning.

NETS for your school?

Definitely! Why shouldn’t you want to improve the quality of learning in your school through effective integration of technology?

Getting started with NETS

Here are a few things you can do to get started with NETS:

Share your NETS experiences

Please feel free to share your experience of ISTE NETS implementation here. I am particularly interested in resources and documentation for NETS alignment with International Curricula.

Simply reply to this post or contribute a blog posting of your own.

Next I will take a look at NAACE and the International Technology in Education Mark (ITEM).

Best Wishes,

Clive R.

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Standards for Technology Integration

On January 31, 2011, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

Standards for Technology Integration

It is my intention to look closer at the implementation of standards for the integration of technology within the curriculum. This will involve taking a closer look at ISTE NETS and how they may be aligned with curriculum requirements. As a precursor to this I thought that I would share a couple of slideshare presentations:

Education Technology Standards by Dr. Alaa Sadik

NETS Standards for Students by Eunice Rosado

Have you implemented NETS standards at your school?

I would be interested to hear from anyone that has aligned NETS standards to current curriculum best practice, particularly MYP and KS3.