Online Self Assessment

Technology Skills

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Operating a Computer
1)
Point, click, double-click, click and drag with mouse
Item above plus : Save and open files
Items above plus : Start up and shut down computer system and peripherals
Items above plus : Install new software
2)
Make a window active/inactive
Item above plus : Select, open, move, resize and close a window
Items above plus : Open and use the Help window when needed
Items above plus :Work with more than one window in the same program
3)
Start an application and create a document
Item above plus : Open and work with more than one application at a time
Items above plus : Keep track of where my files are saved
Items above plus : Use print options (e.g. number of copies, print range, print quality)
Word Processing
4)
Enter and edit text
Item above plus : Change text alignment, margins and line spacing.
Items above plus : Create a header or footer in a document
Items above plus : Describe special features for resizing graphics in a word processing document to help students learn to do the same
5)
Copy and move blocks of text (use cut and paste features)
Item above plus : Set and use tab stops
Items above plus : Insert date, or page number in a document
Items above plus : Show students how to do all of the above
6)
Change font and font size
Item above plus : Review or change text and special characters using find and/or replace commands
Items above plus : Add columns to a document
Items above plus : Create lessons which integrate word processing into content areas
7)
Create a document for students which demonstrates the use of words with a voice or sense of self
Item above plus : Use formatting features such as bold face and or color to help students to see that some words fit together in groups e.g., naming words (nouns), describing words (adjectives), and action words (verbs).
Items above plus : Create exercises for students to revise sentences to use alternative verbs, adjectives or nouns
Items above plus : Provide the exercises to students in electronic format, not on paper
8)
Create a document for students which demonstrates the use of active and passive voice
Item above plus : Use formatting features to bold face and or color verbs to help students to see that sentences written in active voice employ descriptive, exciting verbs and those in passive voice depend greatly on forms of the verb: to be
Items above plus : Create exercises for students to revise sentences to eliminate instances of passive voice
Items above plus : Provide the exercises to students in electronic format, not on paper
9)
Create a document to use as an example which employs imprecise, mundane language
Item above plus : Use formatting features such as bold face or color to highlight the target vocabulary
Items above plus : Show students how to use the Thesaurus to consider other word choices for the highlighted items
Items above plus : Provide an electronic exercise that students could use to practice use of the Thesaurus. This exercise would include instructions and space for students to explain their reasons for selecting the replacement words
10)
Create a document with examples of various sentence types: simple, compound and complex
Item above plus : Find examples of simple, compound and complex sentences in electronic format to provide to my students as models
Items above plus :Provide time and resources for my students to revise sentences using techology learning tools
Items above plus : Provide an electronic exercise for my students to use to create sentences of various types
11)
When writing, I always use pencil and paper for my rough draft
Item above plus :When creating a report, I open my word processor, or a program like Inspiration, and brainstorm some thoughts and ideas on the screen
Items above plus : When teaching I provide my students with opportunities to plan their writing activities using available technology
Items above plus :My writing students benefit from the materials and demonstrations I provide to show them how to brainstorm on the screen.
12)
Discuss journal writing with my students and tell them about people who have kept journals and how those people believe they benefit from journaling
Item above plus : Provide regular time for my students to create their own electronic journals
Items above plus : Allow my students time to peruse their journals and find some section(s) they might share with someone else
Items above plus :Assist my students in creating an electronic version of parts of their journals
Spreadsheets
13)
Know that we can do arithmetic with a spreadsheet
Item above plus : Enter/edit data in existing spreadsheet to solve a problem
Items above plus : Interpret and communicate information in an existing spreadsheet
Items above plus : Create and print a graph from spreadsheet data
14)
Highlight a column or an entire row
Item above plus : Copy values using fill down and fill across
Items above plus : Create a spreadsheet with rows, columns, labels and values
Items above plus : Format a cell or range of cells for the following: currency, date, time, percentage, or fixed decimal
15)
Know that we can use the sum tool to add a set of numbers
Item above plus : Actually use the sum tool to add a set of numbers
Items above plus : Add/delete rows and columns in a spreadsheet
Items above plus : Ability to design and manage student learning experiences that integrate effective uses of spreadsheets to meet a variety of learning styles
Data Base
16)
Understand that a data base is a collection of information
Item above plus : Browse through an existing data base to find information
Items above plus : Edit data in an existing data base
Items above plus : Examine the information in a data base and determine questions that students could answer using the information
17)
Know that we can search a data base to find a specific piece of information
Item above plus : Add/delete records in an existing data base
Items above plus : Use terms field, record and file accurately in discussions of data bases
Items above plus : Ability to design and implement effective classroom lessons based on information in a data base
18)
Know that a collection of information about all 50 states could be organized to make it easy to find the names of all the state birds
Item above plus : Add new records to an existing data base
Items above plus : Sort a data base by specific fields to find all records/information for one state
Items above plus : Demonstrate to students ways to design, create and use a data base
19)
Discuss with my students how grouping chunks of data sometimes reveals patterns we might not otherwise notice
Item above plus : Provide students with some facts and data and lead a discussion to help the students draft some questions about cause and effect or relationships
Items above plus : Provide my students with a data base about a topic in our lesson and guide them through exploring the relationships by sorting
Items above plus :Give my students a lesson in electronic format and guide them through using the data base to find possible questions and answers and then reporting with the word processor
20)
Demonstrate a common printed data base such as a telephone book or the classified ads in the daily newspaper
Item above plus : Stimulate students to develop questions they might find answers to by sorting and grouping the facts in a data base
Items above plus : Provide students with an electronic data base about a topic in a lesson such as community characteristics, similarities among societies, or patterns of ethnic assimilation as different cultural groups have moved to the US
Items above plus :Lead students to the creation of a list of questions which they could answer by using the provided data base
Internet
21)
Use a Web Browser to navigate through the World Wide Web
Item above plus : Access a specific web site by entering the appropriate web address
Items above plus : Use Web search engines to find information on specific topics to support curriculum
Items above plus : Find a tutorial about search engines and prepare a lesson to help my students search more effectively
22)
Create bookmarks and use hotlists to get to useful Web sites
Item above plus : Save a web page for local use
Items above plus : Collect a list of related web sites for a lesson with my students
Items above plus : Create a lesson to assist my students in evaluating a set of related web sites appropriate to our goals
23)
Use a bookmark to reach a site
Item above plus : Read today's paper on the Internet
Items above plus : Find information about current events on the CNN site
Items above plus : Use several current events sites to teach students about differing points of view
24)
Find web pages and web sites that my students can use independently
Item above plus : Identify vocabulary and concepts on web pages beyond the ability of my students
Items above plus : Prepare lessons to help my students use web pages with vocab and concepts beyond their ability
Items above plus : Provide my students with time and encouragement to attempt materials beyond their current ability
Email
25)
Have my own email account
Item above plus : Compose and send e-mail to individuals and groups
Items above plus : Caution students about safe email practices
Items above plus : Select, evaluate and use appropriate email resources to support the instructional process
26)
Can access my email account
Item above plus : Reply to sender and forward e-mail
Items above plus : Attach a file to an email message
Items above plus : Integrate effective use of email for varied learning styles
27)
Keep my email account password where no one else can find it
Item above plus : Retrieve and read email
Items above plus : Save, print and delete e-mail
Items above plus : Set up an email client to retrieve mail from a POP account
Integrating with Your Curriculum
28)
Know that technology has a place in my lessons
Item above plus : Plan to apply emerging technology use as it relates to my students
Items above plus : Produce electronic slides/overheads for effective communication of content area information to my students
Items above plus : Design and develop innovative lessons and activities that integrate technology in a variety of instructional settings
29)
Look for ways to integrate technology into my classes
Item above plus : Evaluate and select technologies for my students
Items above plus : Integrate the use of technology into the curriculum of my subject area and/or grade level
Items above plus : Demonstrate the appropriate uses of technology for my colleagues
30)
Know that students will use technology in the work place
Item above plus : Observe my students as they explore and use technology tools
Items above plus : Use appropriate computer/technology based materials to support the instructional process
Items above plus : Evaluate responsible uses of technology by students including intellectual property, copyright laws, and effective use of resources
31)
Know that students will use technology in the work place
Item above plus : Observe my students as they explore and use technology tools
Items above plus : Use appropriate computer/technology based materials to support the instructional process
Items above plus : Evaluate responsible uses of technology by students including intellectual property, copyright laws, and effective use of resources
32)
Consider ways to use my school's instructional technology effectively
Item above plus : Recruit other teachers to assist me in using technology and getting others enthused about the potential benefits for our students
Items above plus : Encourage my principal and other administrators to support classroom use of technology across the curriculum
Items above plus : Demonstrate some teaching techniques and strategies for my colleagues and/or parents
33)
Use online facilities to complete reports, and/or request information and materials for my classroom
Item above plus : Go online to find resources for a lesson and transfer the information to a format I can share with my students
Items above plus : Provide time and resources for my students to use online facilities to complete an assignment
Items above plus : Share resources my students and I have found with others via an electronic format such as email or a class web page
34)
Prepare multiple copies of part of a student's work in preparation for sharing and critiquing in small groups
Item above plus : Provide printed copies of student work so everyone can share
Items above plus : Use instructional technology tools to assist students in working in groups and sharing ideas
Items above plus : Provide electronic versions of student work so peer groups and edit and revise together
Other Equipment, Scanners, Digital Cameras
35)
Setup and operate a videocassette recorder/player or DVD and TV/monitor
Item above plus : Setup and use an LCD panel and overhead projector or LCD projector to display computer output on a large screen
Items above plus : Demonstrate to students how they can use an LCD projector
Items above plus : Plan lessons that encourage students to use resources such as the LCD projector
36)
Know that scanners can create digital images of photographs
Item above plus : Know how to edit and/or resize a scanned file
Items above plus : Demonstrate ways to scan and suggest appropriate situations to use a scanner
Items above plus : Plan and complete lessons that help students learn to use a scanner effectively
37)
Can take pictures with a digital camera
Item above plus : Can transfer picture files from a digital camera to my computer
Items above plus : Use images from a digital camera in word processing documents
Items above plus : Show students web sites with digital images and discuss implications of intellectual property rights
Summary Reports for Comments will not list your name
Please describe a time when your use of technology as part of a learning experience for your students was especially successful and rewarding for both you and your students
What change in the use of instructional technology would improve the learning environment for your students?
Please add any comments which you feel would help us to improve this assessment tool. Thanks.


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