Framework and Indicators for Basic Technology Skills

Basic technology skills include the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century.

 

1. Basic Operations & Concepts
   

Locate and open a file

 
   

Adjust the volume on the computer

 
   

Save a file to a specific location

 
   

Save a file under a new name using "Save As"

 
   

"Print preview" a document

 
   

Print a file to a specific printer

 
   

Locate and open applications

 
   

Quit applications

 
   

Create and name folders

 
   

Organize files and folders

 
   

Rename files and folders

 
   

Check cables for proper attachment to computer and peripherals

 
   

Recover from a software failure

 
       
2. Productivity
 

Word Processing

 
   

Recognize a word processing program

 
   

Create a new document

 
   

Enter and format text (fonts, size, emphasis)

 
   

Cut, copy, and paste text

 
       
 

Spreadsheets

 
   

Recognize a spreadsheet program

 
   

Identify elements of a spreadsheet

 
   

Create a spreadsheet

 
   

Enter data into a spreadsheet

 
   

Edit data in an existing spreadsheet

 
   

Create a chart (graph) with the data in a spreadsheet

 
       
 

Databases

 
   

Recognize a database program

 
   

Enter data into an existing database

 
   

Edit data in an existing database

 
       
 

Graphics

 
   

Recognize a graphics program

 
   

Recognize graphics file formats

 
   

Resize graphical objects in a document

 
   

Identify tools of graphics software

 
   

Add a graphic (i.e. pictures, photos or clip art) to a document

 
       
3. Communication
 

Email

 
   

Compose and send an email message

 
   

Reply to an email message (reply to sender; reply to all)

 
   

Open an email attachment

 
   

Attach a file to an email message

 
   

Recognize an email program

 
       
 

Video

 
   

Play a video clip on a computer

 
       
 

Presentations

 
   

Recognize a slide show presentation

 
   

Open and play an existing slide show presentation

 
   

Add text to a slide within a presentation

 
       
4. Research
 

Research Skills

 
   

Search online databases and reference software

 
   

Recognize search strategies

 
   

Identify appropriate search strategies

 
   

Evaluate search results

 
   

Evaluate the accuracy and credibility of information obtained through the internet

 
       
 

Browser Use

 
   

Recognize a browser

 
   

Identify the elements of a browser

 
   

Identify the elements of a web page

 
   

Type a URL into the address bar

 
   

Bookmark a site (using bookmark or Favorite)

 
   

Recognize links on a web page

 
   

Open a new browser window

 
       
5. Planning, Management, & Instruction
 

Planning and Management

 
   

Identify basic uses of word processing programs

 
   

Identify basic uses of spreadsheet programs

 
   

Identify basic uses of database programs

 
   

Identify basic uses of graphics programs

 
   

Identify basic uses of communication tools

 
       
 

Instruction

 
   

Identify basic instructional uses of word processing programs

 
   

Identify basic instructional uses of spreadsheet programs

 
   

Identify basic instructional uses of database programs

 
   

Identify basic instructional uses of graphics programs

 
   

Identify basic instructional uses of communication tools

 
   

Identify basic instructional uses of concept mapping programs

 
       
6. Social,Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues
   

Evaluate teacher use of technology in the classroom with regard to an Acceptable Use Policy for employees

 
   

Evaluate student use of technology in the classroom with regard to an Acceptable Use Policy for students

 
   

Judge appropiateness of posting student information on the Internet

 
   

Identify safety and security issues with regard to technology and the Internet

 
   

Identify fair use practices/copyright policy

 
   

Properly cite digital resources