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Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Agreement

CUSD Technology Plan: 2012-2016

NASPO ValuePoint 2015-2020 Master Price Agreement for Computer Equipment, Peripherals, and Related Services

Technology Skills Matrix

CUSD Technology Skills Matrix Key

Technology Matrix Key
Technology Applications
Knowledge and Skills K-12 Matrix
The Technology Applications: K-12 Knowledge and Skills Matrix identifies 14 technology applications and their encompassing skills used in K-12 education. This matrix is intended to be used as a guide in conjunction with district content and performance standards to assist teachers in integrating technology applications into lesson plan development.

Technology Applications

  1. General Hardware
  2. General Software
  3. Operating System
  4. Word Processing
  5. Keyboarding
  6. Graphics
  7. Desktop Publishing
  8. Spreadsheet
  9. Database
  10. Video Production
  11. Multimedia
  12. Electronic Presentation
  13. Telecommunications
  14. Networking

Instructional Key
The knowledge and skills content within each application area is presented in activities across the K-12 curriculum with a teaching level of instruction key:
A = Awareness Level: The student is exposed to the technology as it is being used by others.
G = Guided Level: The student begins to use technology with the help of others.
I = Independent Level: The student uses the technology without assistance.
M = Mastery: The student is competent in using the technology and is able to teach others. O = Optional-Skill is viewed as Optional within the curriculum.


Staff Training: Teacher Proficiency Using Technology

The following format for teacher technology proficiency is modeled on Connect, Compute, and Compete: The Report of the California Education Technology Task Force (California Department of Education, Sacramento, 1996) and recommendations from the Education Council for Technology in Learning (ECTL). Using this training framework, a checklist of essential teacher skill proficiencies for each training level has been developed.

The numbers in parentheses that follow the proficiency skills refer to the Knowledge and Skills K-12 Matrix.

Level One: Personal Proficiency
Educators are able to (1) use a computer to enhance personal productivity; (2) locate information and conduct research via the Internet; and (3) operate a variety of common media display devices.

Teacher Personal Proficiency Skills Training One:

  • Computer Basics (1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.5, 3.1-3.4)
  • Word Processing (4.1-4.12)
  • Adding Clip Art to a Document (4.9)
  • Certificates/Awards/Banners/Flyers (6.1-6.4): Record Keeping [Basic Database (9.1-9.4), Mail Merge (9.5, 4.16), Electronic Grade book Program]
  • How to Set Up and Use a VCR/TV (10.1-10.2)
  • Basic Use of a Camcorder (10.3-10.4)
  • Presentations-Overheads (12.1-12.5)
  • Presentation Devices (1.5, 12.3)
  • Internet Basics (13.1-13.4): Acceptable Use Policy, Lesson Plans, Accessing Content Information
  • Sending and Receiving E-Mail messages (13.5)
  • Basic Use of a Network (if school has network) (14.1-14.5)

Level Two: Instructional Proficiency
Educators are able to apply technology skills of at least Level One Proficiency to (1) “customize” coursework so as to enhance its relevance and value to a wider range of learning styles and abilities; (2) increase student involvement in their personal learning experience; and (3) gain greater freedom to spend increased personal time with those students who most require it.

Teacher Proficiency Skills Training Two:

  • Classroom Management
  • Basic Troubleshooting Hardware and Software (1.6-1.7)
  • Level I Laserdisc – bar code wand and remote control (1.3, 11.3)
  • File Management (3.5)
  • Word Processing (4.13-4.15)
  • Stationery Document/Template
  • Draw/Paint (6.5-6.7)
  • Desktop Publishing-Newsletter (7.1-7.14)
  • Spreadsheet/Graphing (8.1-8.8)
  • Database Layouts (9.6)
  • Video Production (10.5-10.7)
  • Basic Multimedia (11.1-11.6)
  • E-mail-Attach and Retrieve a Document (13.6)
  • Internet-Download a Document/Application (13.7-13.9)
  • World Wide Web Homepage (13.10)
  • Design Principles of a Document (6.5, 7.9, 11.6, 12.5)
  • Plan, organize and save multimedia files with attention to file size and media storage (6.8, 11.9, 14.6)

Integration of Technology As a Tool Toward Achieving Curriculum Goals:
(These goals are based on skills learned in Level One: Personal Proficiency)

  • Cable in the classroom
  • Instructional Television (ITV)
  • Media Literacy
  • Curriculum-Based Software
  • Reference CDs
  • Graphical Information Organizer
  • Student Presentations
  • Database-Factual Retrieval of Pre-Existing Database
  • Draw/Paint
  • Word Processing
  • Internat: Acceptable Use Policy for Students, Recognition of Validity and Accuracy of Information, Basic Research for Students
  • Videotape Student's Presentations/Exhibitions
  • Digital Camera (optional)
  • How to Use Scanners and Speakers (optional)

Level Three: Mentor Proficiency
This level of proficiency includes ability to (1) produce and adapt lesson plans and presentations that use a variety of technology tools and media to advance the learning, understanding and general acceptance of the value of education technology; and (2) to facilitate the attainment of Personal Proficiency (Level One) and Instructional Proficiency (Level Two) among all current educators, via the tutelage of peer teaching professionals who exhibit role model proficiency in the use of education technology, and who use those skills pursuant to site level staff development workshops and local peer-to-peer mentoring.

Teachers at this level reexamine their beliefs about the teacher’s role in the classroom. Instruction becomes more student-centered, interdisciplinary and project-based, using multiple resources. The teacher becomes a facilitator, guiding students through dynamic exploration of collaborative and cooperative problem-solving projects. The use of technology becomes a necessity, not a supplement.

Teacher Proficiency Skills Training Three:

  • Troubleshooting operating systems, hardware, wiring, software, network (3.6-3.7, 14.6)
  • Importing and exporting a document (2.6)
  • Video Editing (10.8-10.11)
  • Level III Laserdisc-using computer software to control laserdisc (11.3)
  • Multimedia (11.7-11.9)
  • Staff Development/Leadership Strategies

Integration of Technology As A Tool Toward Achieving Curriculum Goals:
(These goals are based on skills learned in Level Two: Instructional Proficiency)

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheet
  • Database: Analyze a pre-existing database, Create new databases
  • Draw/Paint
  • Higher Order Thinking curriculum-based software
  • Intermediate Multimedia
  • Using the Internet for Interdisciplinary/Thematic Lessons
  • Level I Laserdisc-Accessing information from a laserdisc using a bar code wand and remote control
  • Student-Created Newsletter
  • Design Principles of a Document
  • Student-Produced Videos

Level Four: Leadership Proficiency
Expand the proportion of educators who possess superior knowledge, skill, and inclination, vis-à-vis the application of education technology to enhance teaching and learning on a district-wide basis.