Sixth – Eighth Grade Overview
Students in Grades 6-8 possess a wide range of intellectual abilities, learning styles, talents, and interests. These students are experiencing a transitional period that includes physical, social, emotional, and intellectual changes. In addition, students are developing skills to function in a technological society.
The technology content standards for Grades 6-8 are designed to complement all areas of the academic curriculum. In a world where information increases exponentially, students are expected to develop and use critical-thinking and decision-making skills. Digital tools enhance middle school students’ emerging abilities to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. The integration of technology systems expands and optimizes their ability to use information and to communicate and collaborate with diverse individuals. It is critical for students at these grade levels to expand the knowledge and skills necessary for solving both hypothetical and authentic problems.
In a global world community, students are expected to be responsible digital citizens who practice safe, legal, and responsible use of technology systems and digital media. Students must comprehend the impact of technology on the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political aspects of society. Positive attitudes toward technology use are essential to support collaboration, learning, and productivity for success in the twenty-first century.
Sixth – Eighth Grade
Technology Operations and Concepts
- Appraise technology systems to determine software and hardware compatibility.
- Publish digital products that communicate curriculum concepts.
Examples: Web pages, videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations
- Explain how network systems are connected and used.
Examples: file sharing, collaborating, wireless networking
- Determine basic troubleshooting strategies to correct common hardware and software problems.
Examples: checking connections, restarting equipment, creating a backup copy of digital data
- Describe advances in technology and the effects of each on the workplace and society.
Examples: agriculture, manufacturing, medicine, warfare, transportation, communication, education
Research and Information Fluency
- Use digital tools and strategies to locate, collect, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information.
Examples: locate—Boolean searches, graphic organizers, spreadsheets, databases
collect—probeware, graphing calculators
organize—graphic organizers, spreadsheet
evaluate—reviewing publication dates, determining credibility
synthesize—word processing software, concept-mapping software
Communication and Collaboration
- Use digital tools to communicate and collaborate at all levels from interpersonal to global.
Examples: instant messages, e-mail, blogs, wikis, collaborative authoring tools, online learning communities
- Demonstrating digital file transfer
Examples: attaching, uploading, downloading
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Use digital tools to formulate solutions to authentic problems.
Examples: electronic graphing tools, probes, spreadsheets
Creativity and Innovation
- Use digital tools to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
- Describing the importance of antivirus and security software
- Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
Examples: word processing—reports, letters, brochures
spreadsheets—discovering patterns, tracking spending, creating budgets
databases—contact list of addresses and phone numbers
- Select specific digital tools for completing curriculum-related tasks.
Examples: spreadsheet for budgets, word processing software for essays, probes for data collection
- Demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques.
- Identify safe uses of social networking and electronic communication.
- Recognizing dangers of online predators
- Protecting personal information online
- Practice responsible and legal use of technology systems and digital content.
Examples: avoiding plagiarism; complying with acceptable use policies, copyright laws, and fair use standards; recognizing secure Web sites
- Identifying examples of computer crime and related penalties
Examples: computer crime—phishing, spoofing, virus and worm
- Citing sources of digital content
Examples: ideas—predictions, trends