Technology Skills in the Middle School Assessment

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

  • Selecting a data format or technology tool appropriate to the task or audience
  • Creating, storing and retrieving data on local area networks and peripheral devices
  • Knowledge of the basic parts of the computer, vocabulary and symbols of technology • Basic troubleshooting for computer problems
  • Recognizing and distinguishing among file types

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 behaviors when using and sending of files, software and online data
  • Awareness of major social issues and controversies regarding prominent technology advances

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

  • Publishing, printing and saving documents in a variety of locations
  • Applying standard text formatting and layout options
  • Applying layout options at the paragraph, page and document level

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

  • Creating, entering, sorting, filtering and saving information
  • Using common functions in spreadsheets (merging cells, find/replace)
  • Writing simple formulas
  • Creating, labeling and interpreting more complex graphs

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:

  • Inserting graphics and other multimedia into documents
  • Creating, formatting and saving presentations
  • Capturing and composing audio-visual presentations

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:

  • Locating and launching a web browser on a computer
  • Navigating from one web site to another
  • Accessing and sending email, including composing email distribution lists
  • Assessing content purpose and credibility as grade appropriate

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

  • Searching the web or other databases using both single and multiple keyword searches
  • Searching the web or other databases using multivariate category searches
  • Applying Boolean operators to narrow searches
  • Sort, filter and search simple databases