Students demonstrate proficiency
in the effective use of technology by…

Use of Hardware
á Using effective keyboarding:
á posture (i.e., back straight, body leaning slightly forward, etc.)
á techniques (e.g., eyes on monitor
or copy-not the keyboard, etc.)
á attitudes (e.g., willingness to
change habits, persistence
and diligence) and key with speed
and accuracy
(e.g., 30 words/min with 90% accuracy)
á Using digital tools to capture images and other information
(e.g., temperature, light, sound, etc.) and import them into a computer.

Use of Operating System
and Standard Features of Applications
á Launching a program by locating it on the internal, external,
and network drive.
á Opening documents from and saving documents to nested folders.
á Locating files and folders using multiple criteria within the Find command.
á Saving documents in multiple formats (e.g., .doc, .jpg, .pdf, .rtf, source and txt).
á Compressing and decompressing files.

Organization and Navigation
á Creating, naming, and renaming folders.
á Creating folders within folders (nested folders) in a purposeful structure.
á Copying and moving files and folders.
á Creating shortcuts/alias.

Working with Files
á Cutting, copying, and pasting within a document, across
documents, and across applications.
á Creating a duplicate/backup document in another location.


Students demonstrate
responsible use of technology
systems, information, and
software by…

Intellectual Property
á Documenting sources of information obtained through electronic resources using acceptable formats.
á Applying copyright and fair use
guidelines in student work.
á Explaining the accuracy and
relevancy of the content.

Acceptable Use
á Exhibiting safe, legal and ethical
behaviors when using technology.
á Describing societal consequences of inappropriate use.

Working with Content/Information
á Comparing and contrasting information found on the
internet for relevancy, accuracy, and reliability.


Students use technology/
productivity tools to enhance
learning, increase productivity,
and promote creativity by…

Word Processing

á Manipulating styles and formats
(e.g., headers, footers,
borders, page breaks, tabs and margins, multiple columns, text boxes) linking text blocks, span
multiple columns, masthead).
á Using spell check, thesaurus and grammar check.
á Creating a table.

á Generating a report.
á Creating and manipulating a database, by entering, sorting, searching/finding/querying and using multiple criteria.

á Creating a spreadsheet from a blank page, including formulas and functions (MIN, MAX MEDIAN, MODE, ROUND), formatting cells (e.g. numeric, monetary, percent, values).
á Creating a graphical representation appropriate to the numerical data (e.g., scatter plot, x-y)
á Manipulating format (e.g., resizing rows and columns, font, colors, hiding grid).

á Importing/Inserting objects from other sources.
á Selecting and using a draw or paint application appropriate for the task.
á Modifying a digital image using flip,
rotate, resize, crop, select, copy and paste.
á Selecting and saving images in the appropriate format (e.g., jpg, tif, gif).

Visual Organizer
á Illustrating a variety of relationships, ideas and topics (e.g. cause and effect, Venn diagram, organizational charts, flow chart).
á Importing an illustration. á Linking an element to appropriate files and URL(s).

á Using a graphing calculator and grade appropriate applications/
functions (e.g., graphing, statistics, tables).

Students demonstrate
the use a variety of media and
formats to communicate information
and ideas effectively
to multiple audiences by…

á Creating a linear and non-linear presentation including
title slide, graphics, text, voice, sound related to topic,
scanned or digital photo, animation, bibliography and table of contents, video clip.

World Wide Web
á Creating a web page including text, graphics, tables and
relative and absolute links.

á Adding an entry into address book and using to send a message.
á Attaching a file to an email message and noting in the body the file format.
á Creating a mailing list.
á Combining and compressing multiple files and sending as an attachment.
á Creating a signature.


Students demonstrate use
of technology for research by…

Digital Resources
á Locating information that is accurate,
relevant, appropriate and identifying possible bias (opinion vs. fact) using a
variety of electronic resources.

Searching & Search Engines
á Comparing and contrasting: directories,
search engines, and meta-search engines.
á Implementing a search strategy using
Boolean logic (e.g., and, or, not, near).

á Exporting and importing bookmarks/ favorites and organizingsites into categories.

Problem Solving and Decision Making
á Justifying decisions made,
(e.g., representing data, formatting,
setting up formula, selecting criteria
for search). Example: How did the bar graph represent the data better than a pie chart?
á Selecting and justifying the appropriate
tools and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems
(e.g., spread sheet vs. data base, word processing vs. presentation program).
á Applying technology skills to learning
unfamiliar technologies
(e.g., digital cameras, scanners, probes).
Example: What are the first steps you
would take to figure out how to use a new technology?
á Using electronic Help to solve a problem
or to learn something new.
á Identifying and using a defensible troubleshooting process.
á Creating and using simulations or models, e.g., spreadsheet
to design “what if” scenarios.
Example: What would be the possible effects on the environment of extending the moose-hunting season another week?