Technology Skills in the Elementary Assessment

Systems and Fundamentals: This module assesses tasks central to the understanding and use of computer systems. Examples include:

  • Knowledge of the parts of the computer
  • Troubleshooting basic computer problems
  • Storing and retrieving files on computers or networks
  • Basic technology vocabulary

Social and Ethical: This module assesses knowledge about accepted ethical norms as they relate to technology, as well as the impact of technology, past and present, on society. Examples include:

  • Identifying ethical and unethical uses of technology tools
  • Awareness of the social and ethical concepts associated with network and telecommunications use
  • Understanding the basics of online safety

Word Processing: This module assesses tasks central to formatting text and text/page layout. Examples include:

  • Publishing and saving documents such as letters and short papers
  • Formatting text

Spreadsheets: This module assesses tasks unique and central to creating, editing, manipulating, and interpreting data in spreadsheet tables, charts, and graphs. Examples include:

  • Creating worksheets
  • Entering and saving information
  • Creating and interpreting basic graphs
  • Formatting cells

Multimedia/Presentations: This module assesses tasks unique and central to the creation and manipulation of graphic, audio, video, and other non-textual products by electronic means. Examples include:

  • Creating and editing multimedia projects
  • Communicating effectively to a variety of audiences using multimedia
  • Using video recorders to capture images and edit clips (including picture files and ClipArt) for use in video or other multimedia

Telecommunications/Internet: This module assesses tasks central to telecommunications, including intra- and inter- office Networks, as well as Internet software such as browsers and email. Examples include:

  • Recognizing and comparing basic methods of online communication
  • Locating and launching a web browser
  • Navigating from one web site to another
  • Accessing and sending email

Database: This module assesses tasks central to the use of common database interfaces, such as Web search engines, school online library catalogs, and as appropriate, specialized database design software. Examples include:

  • Using web library search engines
  • Searching using single and multiple keyword searches