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"Teach the Tool - Use the Tool to Teach"

computer Information and Technology Skills Essential Standards

The North Carolina Information and Technology Skills Essential Standards covers the following:  Sources of Information, Informational Text, Technology as a Tool, Research Process, and Safety and Ethical Issues.Students learn skills that include desktop publishing (word processing), spreadsheet, database, multimedia, and the Internet.

New Hanover County's goal is to teach these skills as they are integrated with the core subject areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Technology skills can also be integrated with the other curriculum areas such as the arts and healthful living (P.E. and Health).

North Carolina K-5 Information and Technology Essential Standards curriculum by grade level.

 Kindergarten

  • Classify useful sources of information.
  • Understand the difference between text read for enjoyment and text read for information.
  • Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities.
  • Understand the importance of good questions in conducting research.
  • Remember safety and ethical issues related to the responsible use of information and technology resources.

Grade 1

  • Recall useful sources of information.
  • Understand the difference between text read for enjoyment and text read for information.
  • Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities.
  • Remember the steps of a simple (or simplified) research process.
  • Understand safety and ethical issues related to the responsible use of information and technology resources.

Grade 2

  • Categorize sources of information as appropriate or inappropriate.
  • Understand appropriate procedures when reading for enjoyment and information.
  • Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities.
  • Apply the research process by participating in whole-class research.
  • Understand issues related to the safe, ethical, and responsible use of information and technology resources.

Grade 3

  • Categorize sources of information
    for specific purposes.
  • Apply strategies that are appropriate when reading for enjoyment and for information.
  • Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities.
  • Apply a research process as part of collaborative research.
  • Understand issues related to the safe, ethical, and responsible use of information and technology resources.

Grade 4

  • Apply criteria to determine appropriate information resources for specific topics and purposes.
  • Apply appropriate strategies when reading for enjoyment and for information.
  • Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities.
  • Apply a research process as part of collaborative research.
  • Understand issues related to the safe, ethical, and responsible use of information and technology resources.

Grade 5

  • Apply criteria to determine appropriate information resources for specific topics and purposes.
  • Analyze appropriate strategies when reading for enjoyment and for information.
  • Use technology tools and skills to reinforce and extend classroom concepts and activities.
  • Apply a research process as part of collaborative research.
  • Understand issues related to the safe, ethical, and responsible use of information and technology resources.

For more detailed information about these essential standards, view http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/info-technology/gradek.pdf.

For more information about Common Core State and NC Essential Standards, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/

The strength of technology is that it provides an excellent platform where students can collect information in multiple formats and then organize, link, and discover relationships among facts and events. An array of tools for acquiring information and for thinking and expression allows more students more ways to enter the learning enterprise successfully and to live productive lives in the global, digital, and information-based future they all face.

Statham, Dawn S. , and Torell, Clark R. Computers in the Classroom: The Impact of Technology on Student Learning, Boise State University College of Education. p.10

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appleTips for Parents...

Parents can help their children have a positive attitude toward computers and enjoy the computer skills they are learning at school.

All Parents Can:

  • Discuss and model appropriate and ethical behavior while using computers.
  • Tell children about the ways computer skills are used in their jobs or in their workplace.
  • Help children understand that computer skills are important tools for success now and in the future.
  • Encourage an emphasis on the use of computers with classroom assignments and projects.
  • Use current events to show how computers play a role in day-to-day life. Discuss how space exploration, detective work, medical breakthroughs, new car design, favorite movies, genetic research, ocean exploration, and more are helped by computers.
  • Discuss how learning continues throughout life, and that having computer skills will open up an even wider world of information, wonder and possibilities.
  • Visit the school to see first-hand the ways that computers are incorporated in day-to-day classroom activities.

If You Do Not Use a Computer:

  • Encourage discussion when your child mentions what he or she is learning to do with computers at school. Ask the child to share with you what he or she is learning.
  • Let your child demonstrate their keyboarding skills for you, either on a computer or on a typewriter.
  • If you have a typewriter, allow your youngster to use it to practice keyboarding skills, which are an important part of computer use.
  • Consider taking a basic computer course at a community college or computer training company. It will probably be fun, it could give you one more skill that can be used in your work, and it will show your child that you believe computers are important.

If You Do Use a Computer:

  • Discuss with your child how you learned to use a computer, and the role computers play at your job.
  • If you have a home computer, encourage your child to use it; consider buying software applications appropriate for your child.
  • Model appropriate skills and behaviors when using online resources.
  • Be familiar with your school system's Acceptable Use Policy and encourage your child to follow these guidelines.
  • Establish guidelines for using online resources at home.
  • Bookmark specific websites that you consider appropriate for your child.
  • If you are a whiz on the computer, give your child an opportunity to demonstrate skills they are learning. Focus on what they know, rather than what they do not know.
  • Encourage younger children in the family to feel comfortable with computers.
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