Instructional Technology

Michigan Educational Technology Standards (METS)

PDF DocumentGrades K-2 

PDF DocumentGrades 3-5

PDF DocumentGrades 6-8

PDF DocumentGrades 9-12 


It is a goal of No Child Left Behind that schools will "Assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the time the student finishes the eighth grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location, or disability."

Michigan's Grade Level Educational Technology Standards & Expectations are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S).They are meant to provide teachers with an outline of learning expectations and will be used to drive educational technology literacy assessments for the next several years.

The goal is that these Standards and Expectations will ultimately be integrated into the various other content areas and that a supplementary document will be produced offering examples and suggestions on how they could be incorporated within those areas. To supplement this goal, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District has developed a Technology Integration Wiki offering core curriculum integration examples.

Technology Literacy

Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century.The Standards and Expectations for each grade range are established to designate clearly what students are expected to know by the end of grades two, five, eight, and twelve.

  • The Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant   (TRIG) is a great resource for free professional learning, resources, and provisions for meeting technology literacy goals. 
  • M-STEP Readiness Online Assessment Awareness for students, and for educators - how ready are you for the M-STEP?

Online Learning Experience

The State Board of Education has recommended that all students take an online course or have an online learning experience before graduation. Students must understand that to be successful in an online course, you should: be self-motivated and self-disciplined be committed to the course-online courses are at least as time-consuming as face-to-face courses take responsibility for your own learning and plan to be a self-directed learner expect to log on daily for updates, messages, and communication among participants anticipate being at the computer for extended amounts of time speak up immediately if you are having technical difficulties or are having problems understanding be ready to participate in online classroom discussions be able to read and follow written directions-at this time, reading is a critical skill in online learning be comfortable and competent with instructional technologies, using computers, the Internet, e-mail, office applications, and other applications appropriate to the learning situation possess the skills and knowledge needed to locate, differentiate, and evaluate various sources of information, and why, when, and how to use them.

Please visit the Michigan Department of Education Educational Technology Planning website  for more information.