Technology curriculum projects are based on 21st Century Skills and follow the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for students. The 21st Century Skills are a set of abilities that students need to develop in order to succeed in the information age. Skills are based on the following standards.
- Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. (Empowered Learner)
- Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (Digital Citizen)
- Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. (Knowledge Constructor)
- Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. (Innovative Designer)
- Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. (Computational Thinker)
- Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (Creative Communicator)
- Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. (Global Collaborator)
21st Century Skills Assessment
The 21st Century Skills Assessment, which covers ISTE standards for technology, is a required assessment for fifth- and seventh-grade students. According to the JCPS Student Progression, Promotion, and Grading Handbook, all students most demonstrate technology proficiency before graduating. (See page 10 of the handbook.)
Each student must demonstrate minimum performance-based competency in technology in one of the following ways:
- Demonstrate proficiency on the JCPS seventh-grade technology 21st Century Skills Assessment.
- Earn Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification during high school.
- Successfully complete a high school Computer and Technology Applications course.
For more information, contact Diana Sterling.