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Foundation Standards for Students are divided into six broad categories. Standards within each category are to be introduced, reinforced, and mastered by students. These categories provide a framework for linking performance indicators found within the Profiles for Technology Literate Students to the standards. Teachers can use these standards and profiles as guidelines for planning technology-based activities in which students achieve success in learning, communication, and life skills.

Technology Foundation Standards for Students

1. Basic operations and concepts

a. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.

b. Students are proficient in the use of technology.

2. Social, ethical, and human issues

a. Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.

b. Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.

c. Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong
learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

3. Technology productivity tools

a. Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

b. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, preparing publications, and producing other creative works.

4. Technology communications tools

a. Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.

b. Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

5. Technology research tools

a. Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.

b. Students use technology tools to process data and report results.

c. Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

a. Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.

b. Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.

Prior to completion of Grade 12 students will:

1. Identify capabilities and limitations of contemporary and emerging technology resources and assess the potential of these systems and services to address personal, lifelong learning, and workplace needs. (2)

2. Make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services. (1,2)

3. Analyze advantages and disadvantages of widespread use and reliance of technology in the workplace and in society as a whole. (2)

4. Demonstrate and advocate for legal and ethical behaviors among peers, family, and community regarding the use of technology and information. (2)

5. Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases, correspondence). (3, 4)

6. Evaluate technology-based options, including distance and distributed education, for lifelong learning. (5)

7. Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity. (4, 5, 6)

8. Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning. (4, 5)

9. Investigate and apply expert systems, intelligent agents, and simulations in real-world situations. (3, 5, 6)

10. Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content-related knowledge base by using technology to compile, synthesize, produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works. (4, 5, 6)