The word "technology" has been a 'buzz' word for quite sometime now, particularly in education. Numerous sites, blogs, and web-pages are devoted to discussions on technology use for teaching and learning, both in K-12 and higher education. One might get an impression that the answer to all questions is simply to provide every teacher, every student, every school or institution, and every district with the latest computers, iPads, e-readers, smart phones, and other devices. Yet, quite often, the importance of Planning for Technology Use is not given adequate attention, which results in a deceiving impression that technology "per se" is the solution.
What does it mean to be a 21st-century teacher and learner? According to the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), "we are still evolving our understanding of what it means to be a 21st-century learner." One way to answer this question is provided by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), outlined in the 2010 NETP and based on the ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Students: