In this session you will review the Information and Technology Essential Standards (ITES) for media and technology. These standards were collaboratively developed in 2009 between LEA representatives and other DPI staff using Bloom's Revised Technology. They replace the Computer Skills and Information Literacy Standard Course of Study and were implemented in the 2011-2012 school year. We will discuss how ITES can be used in support of teachers' planning, implementing, and assessing of technology embedded instructional activities. We will use digital tools to support your use of ITES.


We will revisit the North Carolina Information and Technology Essential Standards (ITES) and demonstrate the integration of 21st Century information and technology tools and content.

Learning Outcomes

After this session participants will:
  • understand the 5 strands of the ITES
  • understand that the ITES is to be implemented by all classroom teachers in collaboration with Media Coordinators and Technology Facilitators
  • apply their learning by identifying key components of the 5 strands of the ITES
  • understand the connection between the ITES and the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
  • anticipate roadblocks and possible solutions in supporting ITES when working with teachers, schools, and districts
  • reflect on how ITES can be supported when conducting PD/capacity building with teachers, schools, and districts

I. One Step at A Time (10 Minutes)

Review the the Stages of Concern[2] illustration below. Determine the step that best describes your current experience embedding the Information and Technology Standards into classroom instruction. Using the form on the right, click the radio button next to the step you selected. Click the submit button to record your response. CBAM.gif
Stages of Concern Interventions (PDF)Stages of Concern video

Archie George: "Stage 0 being, "I don't even know what this is." Stage 1 is, "I've heard about this, and I need more information." Stage 2, personal concerns, "How is it going to affect me, and what's in it for me. I'm not sure I can do this." And so forth, on up to Stage 6, which is, "I have some ideas how we might do things better." Those concerns show up as a profile, and as the individual becomes more informed, less personally concerned, more proficient with the use, the profile will shift, and you get a different picture of what the concerns of the teacher or the group are in a visual sense."


II. What is ITES? (20 minutes)

1. Let's look at a LiveBinder and how it might help with the organization of content you use in support of student learning.
  • Refer to the following link to view video tutorials on LiveBinders. (10 minutes)

With a partner, let's explore the following LiveBinder on the Information and Technology Essential Standards. How might this resource be useful in supporting your integration of the ITES?

ITES Livebinder

2. Let's review the ITES Strands (10 minutes)
Information and Technology Essential StandardsFive Strands

Sources of Information

Informational Text

Research Process

Technology as a Tool

Safety and Ethical Issues

III. Let's look at how the ITES strands are aligned to the NC Teaching Standards. (10 minutes)

1. Review the teaching standards. As you are reviewing the standards, look for areas where ITES naturally aligns.
Teaching Standards (pdf)

IV. Roadblocks and Solutions to ITES Implementation (10 minutes)

Think about your implementation of ITES. What possible roadblocks do you anticipate and possible solutions in successful ITES implementation?

Let's use Linoit to enter roadblocks and possible solutions.

V. Let's Engage as Reflective Practitioners (10 minutes)

1. Think about what you've learned about the Information and Technology Essential Standards. How might you model the integration of ITES strands in your content area? Let's brainstorm ideas to this question using a tool called tricider.

  • Click the video on the home page of tricider.com to see a short video of how to use tricider as an online brainstorming tool.

The Focus of this session is to understand the Information and Technology Essential Standards and how to support the seamless integration of these standards with Common Core and NC Standard Course of Study.

Additional Resources

The attached PDF is a downloadable version of the information provided below.

NC WiseOwl

  • NC WiseOwl (NC Online Windows for Learning) provides online subscription resources for K-12 public and charter school to ensure that all students have access to a collection of online resources for use in research projects and homework assignments, without regard to the economic status of their local school system.

Looking for Technology Integration (LoFTI)

  • LoFTI is a classroom observation tool used to gauge technology integration.

Information Technology Toolkit

  • Livebinder

North Carolina Intel Teach

  • North Carolina's Intel Teach is a research-based professional development program for teachers, curriculum supervisors and administrators provided through a grant from the Intel Foundation. Online tools and an professional learning community support the implementation of this project-based instructional program.


  • Thinkfinity is a web portal supported by the Verizon Foundation. Through this web portal educators, parents, and students are provided access to an online community, interactive web content, reviewed websites, and lesson plans provided at no cost. The resources are aligned with North Carolina's Essential Standards, the
    Common Core State Standards and voluntary curriculum organizations standards.

Instructional Technology Division Web Site

Higher Education Partnerships

  • Professional Development provided by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • LEARN NC includes both classroom resources and professional development for K–12 teaching and learning and is provided by the University of North Carolina School of Education.