MITECS is the acronym for the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students. These competencies were released in December 2017 and replace the 2009 Michigan Educational Technology Standards for Students (METS-S). The MITECS focus on technology enhanced learning rather than on technology tools. The competencies are aligned with Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 focus area of Learner-Centered Supports by reflecting a learner-driven approach to empowering students. As learners progress through the age band articulation, they become active participants in determining and implementing their educational pursuits.
The MITECS support learning in all content areas and allow for the integration of technology across content areas and grade levels. The focus for the competencies is on learning, harnessing the power of technology when appropriate. Technology is not seen as a stand alone discipline, subject, or content area. Through the implementation of the MITECS, technology supports an integrated cross-curricular approach to learning. The competencies also support critical thinking, personalized learning, and deeper learning in all content areas. Additionally, the MITECS support rigor and depth in math and science.
There are seven overarching competencies that are identified in the MITECS. These competencies encompass what are often referred to as “Next Generation Skills” or “21st Century Skills."