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8th Grade Technology Literacy

Please note:  NCLB/Title IID is no longer a funded program.

Enhancing Education Through Technology Requirement
NCLB, Title II, D Goal 2-A
To assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the time the student finishes the eighth grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location, or disability.

State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Definition
Technology literacy is 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.

Recommended Curriculum
KSDE has incorporated state technology literacy standards within the Kansas Model Curricular Standards for Library Media & Technology Literacy which were approved by the Kansas State Board of Education in June of 2007.  These standards incorporate the ISTE NETS for Students.  Since that time, ISTE has updated the NETS standards for Students (NETS-S 2007).  It is recommended that districts use this document as the primary resource and adapt it for developing benchmarks, indicators, and instructional activities at each grade a the local level.  CLICK HERE for a link to the Library Media Literacy Standards.

Assessment Methods
The method of assessment used is determined at the local level.  The assessment method can be:

  • knowledge based (test)
  • grades in a required 8th grade course
  • performance based (checklist/rubric)
  • e-portfolio based (collected over a period of years)
  • project based
  • combination of any of the above

These assessment methods can be used with each standard individually or clustered where it is appropriate.

Assessment Resources:  Measuring Student Proficiency

Assessment Resources:  Measuring Classroom Level Technology Implementation
Levels of Technology Implementation (LoTi) provides a framework for measuring authentic classroom technology integration, with an emphasis on higher order thinking.

Northwest Educational Technology consortium has tools for assessing Technology Integration, including Observation Protocol (OPTIC) for assessing the degree of technology integration occurring in classrooms/schools.

Guiding Documents/Standards/Research

About These Resources
In an effort to facilitate local choice, The Technology Assistance for Kansas Educators Team has identified some products and strategies that can be used to address student technology literacy.  This toolkit serves as a guide to assist schools in addressing student technology literacy as defined by NCLB.  The resources listed on this website are provided solely for informational purposes, and do not constitute and shall not be construed in whole or part as an endorsement of a vendor or a product by the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas State Board of Education, or any employee or Office of the Department.  This list is not exhaustive or conclusive, and the Kansas State Department of Education makes no representation or claim as to the suitability or usability of any resource for a particular purpose.  There are other products available that may serve district needs in addressing student technology literacy, including system-created assessment strategies.  The TAKE Team at KSDE is open to reviewing/adding resources for inclusion in this toolkit.  It is solely the decision of each school district to determine what assessment tools or strategies are appropriate for addressing student technology literacy.
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Linda Smith

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