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August 26, 2005

Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy

The International Technology Education Association (ITEA) has produced a series of standards for technological literacy in the K-12 context. The standards were developed as a result of interviews with educators and experts in a wide range of fields (including education, technology, mathematics, and science). ITEA developed standards for K-12 content, administrators, professional development, and student assessment.

In addition to the standards, ITEA offers a number of other useful bits of information, including a definition of technological literacy, characteristics of a technologically-literate citizen, and a rationale for technological literacy.

The executive summary of this report can be downloaded here.

A copy of the content standards can be downloaded here.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:59 PM | Resources | Standards | Technology Literacy

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Standards"

August 4, 2005

Information Literacy Competency Standareds for Higher Education

The American Library Association has developed Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
The full set of standards can be accessed online, or purchased as a brochure for a nominal fee. Both options are available here.

In explaining the relationship between information literacy and technology, the ALA explains:

"Fluency'" with information technology may require more intellectual ability than the rote learning of software and hardware associated with "computer literacy," but the focus is still on the technology itself. Information literacy, on the other hand, is an intellectual framework for understanding, finding, evaluating, and using information--activities which may be accomplished in part by fluency with information technology, in part by sound investigative methods, but most important, through critical discernment and reasoning. Information literacy initiates, sustains, and extends lifelong learning through abilities which may use technologies but are ultimately independent of them. (p. 3)

The Standards themselves are included with performance indicators and outcomes. The Standards were designed specifically for assessment purposes, and are thoroughly explained on the website. Briefly, the five standards are as follows:

    1. The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.


    2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.


    3. The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and values system.


    4. The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.


    5. The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:40 PM | Information Literacy | Standards

Category "K-12"

Category "Standards"

June 30, 2005

Minnesota Technology Standards

Currently, the state of Minnesota does not have separate K-12 standards for technology literacy. The Department of Education's standards are in the following areas: arts, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Within each of these areas, technology literacy may be included; however there are no spearate technology standards or an explicit technology literacy initiative for K-12.

The standards themselves can be linked to directly here.

An example of how technology literacy is directly connected to the individual standards can be found under the Grade 1 Writing Standard in Language Arts: Handwriting and Word Processing. However, this standard simply states that "The student will improve his/her handwriting." Notice that although the Sub-Strand includes word processing, the standard itself does not mention technology. "Begin acquiring keyboarding skills" is not included in the benchmarks until Grade 3.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:55 AM | K-12 | Standards

Category "Beyond Minnesota Borders"

Category "Beyond Minnesota Borders"

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "K-12"

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June 29, 2005

Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Information and Technology Literacy

Our neighbors to the east have developed a set of standards for K-12. Link to the PDF of the full report, including the standards, here.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:05 PM | Beyond Minnesota Borders | Beyond Minnesota Borders | Information Literacy | K-12 | Standards | Technology Literacy

Category "Competencies"

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June 24, 2005

School Technology Leadership Initiative

The School Technology Leadership Initiative is true to its name--this program is designed to build technology leadership capacity for educational professionals, both K-12 and in higher education.

Co-directed by Dr. Scott McLeod and Dr. Joan Hughes, the STLI offers a certificate program based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators.

STLI also supports a blog that serves as a technology resource for K-12 educators. The blog is an excellent source of current technology issues of relevance to the K-12 setting, although much of this information is applicable to other educational contexts.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:37 AM | Competencies | Resources | Standards | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota