Lindop School District 92

Technology Standards and Performance Indicators: Grades 6-8


Technology Standard Category

National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)

Performance Indicators for 6-8 Technology-Literate Students



1. Basic operations and concepts


1a. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.



1b. Students are proficient in the use of technology.


M.1.1 Identify basic components and functions of the computer system.


M.1.2 Identify and solve routine hardware and software problems. Perform basic troubleshooting (check power source, cable connections, etc.).


M.1.3 Minimize potential hazards to computer equipment (e.g. magnetic fields, improper handling/transporting/ storing disks, environmental hazards).


M.1.4 Demonstrate the use of basic functions of an operating system (e.g. minimize, maximize, multi-tasking, select appropriate printer).


M.1.5 Understand the relationship between the operating system, application software, hardware, and peripherals.


M.1.6 Utilize peripherals (e.g. digital camera, scanner, advanced mouse skills, additional drives, projection devices).


M.1.7 Demonstrate how to log in, log off and access network programs.


M.1.8 Use the operating system to navigate between the different drives to save and retrieve information.

M.1.9 Understand the concept of file management (e.g. formatting and copying disks, deleting files, creating folders).


2. Social, ethical, and human issues

2a. Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.


2b. Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.


2c. Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.


M.2.1 Know current changes in information technology and effects on work and society.


M.2.2 Recognize technological skills needed for desired career paths.


M.2.3 Cite sources of copyrighted materials in research papers, projects, and multimedia products and presentations.


M.2.4 Follow the correct procedure for use of electronic images and materials.


M.2.5 Recognize the copyright law, know examples of copyright violations and computer fraud and possible penalties.


M.2.6 Model legal and ethical behavior related to security, privacy, passwords, personal information, according to the district's Acceptable Use Policy.



3. Technology productivity tools

3a. Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.







3b. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.

M.3.1 Support learning and research with content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g. environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools).


M.3.2 Apply productivity and multimedia tools to support learning.


M.3.3 Use keyboarding skills to increase productivity and accuracy.

By the end of Grade 8, type a minimum of 25 words per minute with acceptable accuracy, using correct body posture and finger placement.


M.3.4 Use word processing/desktop publishing applications to create documents related to content areas for assignments and projects.


M.3.5 Demonstrate use of more complex functions of word processing: headers, footers, pagination, columns, tables, borders, tool bars, graphics.


M.3.6 Create/modify a database relevant to classroom assignments.


M.3.7 Apply search and sort strategies used in a database, retrieving information based on various parameters (queries).


M.3.8 Use information located in data base files to create/modify a personal product.


Microsoft Office:


Power Point




Type to Learn














4. Technology communications tools

4a. Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.


4b. Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.


M.4.1 Select and use technology tools to collect, analyze, and display data.


M.4.2 Design, develop, research, publish, and present projects (e.g. Power Point presentations, Web pages, videotapes) related to content areas using a variety of technological tools (i.e. sound and animation, looping, importing pictures, painting and drawing tools).


M.4.3 Create/modify and use spreadsheets to solve problems related to content areas.


M.4.4 Choose charts/tables or graphs to best represent data and explain rationale.


M.4.5 Use spreadsheets to explore various formulas/functions and relationships.


M.4.6 Use graphic organizer software or drawing tools to communicate relationships in content areas of facts, language, and ideas.


Web Page Design



Web Graphics












5. Technology research tools


5a. Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.


5b. Students use technology tools to process data and report results.


5c. Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.


M.5.1 Use appropriate technology tools and resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems.


M.5.2 With teacher supervision, access Internet resources for classroom research and independent learning activities.


M.5.3 Create and manage bookmarks.


M.5.4 Apply search strategies to locate and retrieve information via telecommunications.

a. Determine search strategies and refine Internet searches.

         b. Choose sites for further research resulting from search.

c. Examine the web source to determine likely degree of

accuracy and bias.



World Book Online



Internet Explorer





Identified Web sites


6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools


6a. Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.


6b. Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real



M.6.1 Research and evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and bias of electronic information sources concerning real-world problems.


M.6.2 Participate in video conferencing, e-mail, and/or web page development as a method of interactive communication and collaborative problem-based learning based on information gathering.





Simulation Software


Internet Explorer


Email software