Tech. Standards

Technology Standards


Basic operations and concepts

  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems
  • Students are proficient in the use of technology

Social, ethical, and human issues

  • Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology
  • Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software
  • Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity

Technology productivity tools

  • Students use technology to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works

Technology communications tools

  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences
  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences

Technology research tools

  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results
  • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks

Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

  • Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions
  • Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world

Student Technology Performance Indicators


Prior to completion of Grade 5 students will:

  1. Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively.
  2. Discuss common uses of technology in daily life and the advantages and disadvantages those uses provide.
  3. Discuss basic issues related to responsible use of technology and information and describe personal consequences of inappropriate use.
  4. Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.
  5. Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  6. Use telecommunications efficiently and effectively to access remote information, communicate with others in support of direct and independent learning, and pursue personal interests.
  7. Use telecommunications and online resources (e.g., e-mail, online discussions, Web environments) to participate in collaborative problem-solving activities for the purpose of developing solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  8. Use technology resources (e.g., calculators, data collection probes, videos, educational software) for problem-solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.
  9. Determine when technology is useful and select the appropriate tools(s) and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems.
  10. Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and bias of electronic information resources.

Prior to completion of Grade 8 students will:

  1. Apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware and software problems that occur during everyday use.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of current changes in information technologies and the effect those changes have on the workplace and society.
  3. Exhibit legal and ethical behaviors when using information and technology, and discuss consequences of misuse.
  4. Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
  5. Apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, learning throughout the curriculum.
  6. Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., Web pages, video tape, PowerPoint) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  7. Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using telecommunications and collaborative tools to investigate curriculum-related problems, issues, and information, and develop solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  8. Select and use appropriate tools and technology resource to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity, and of practical applications to learning and problem solving.
  10. Research and evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and bias of electronic information sources concerning real-world problems.

Prior to completion of Grade 12 students will:

  1. Identify capabilities and limitations of contemporary and emerging technology resources and assess the potential of these systems and services to address personal, lifelong learning, and workplace needs.
  2. Make informed choices among technology systems, resources and services.
  3. Analyze advantages and disadvantages of widespread use and reliance on technology in the workplace and society as a whole.
  4. Demonstrate and advocate for legal and ethical behaviors among peers, family, and community regarding the use of technology and information.
  5. Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases correspondence).
  6. Evaluate technology-based options, including distance and distributed education, for lifelong learning.
  7. Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications and productivity.
  8. Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem solving, and decision-making in content learning.
  9. Investigate and apply expert systems, intelligent agents, and simulation in real-world situations.
  10. Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content-related knowledge base by using technology to compile synthesize and produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works.


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