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TECHSTEPS: QUICK FACTS
Students Must Be Technology Literate by Grade 8
NCLB requires students be technology literate by the eighth grade. The WVDE believes this is in the best interests of our students and is committed to ensuring that our students develop technology proficiency within the context of 21st century instruction and learning.


Technology Literacy Defined for West Virginia
In West Virginia, technology literacy is defined by our ‘21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools CSOs defined in Policy 2520.14. These CSOs, which became effective July 1, 2008, align with both the National Education Standards for Students (NETS*S), defined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Framework for 21st Century Learning, developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

West Virginia’s broadened scope of curriculum is built on the firm belief that quality engaging instruction must be built on a curriculum that triangulates rigorous 21st century content, 21st century learning skills, and the use of 21st century technology tools.

How Do Students Best Acquire the Required Skills?
Students acquire technology literacy by learning and applying the skills in the context of their day-to-day learning. They need to practice using technology to learn effectively and efficiently in and across all subject areas. Of course, like any learning, it must also be developmental. So a curriculum that is both integrated and systematic is required.


The WV Technology Literacy Resource: techSteps
The WVDE is providing techSteps to all K-8 Schools in West Virginia to assist counties and schools in ensuring that all students develop technology literacy within the context of 21st century learning.


techSteps provides six technology integration activities per grade level. The activities are sequenced to introduce technology skills developmentally and in a 21st century context. The activities are largely open-ended and flexible, so that they can be integrated into county and school curriculums.


techSteps activities provide a completely integrated and systematic approach for students in meeting the development of technology literacy skills within curriculum. As students complete the techSteps activities, they construct their final products with the process and skill development guided by the teacher and the techSteps activBook.


Assessing the Required Skills
Each techSteps activity includes a classroom assessment rubric. The teacher will assess each finished activity using the assessment rubric. These rubrics will also be used with students during and after the task to discuss their performance and to provide feedback.


When a teacher completes an assessment rubric for a student, the data from this rubric will be entered into the techSteps Website. techSteps records the associated skills demonstrated for that student and uses this information to build a Technology Literacy Assessment Profile for every student.


Every student will have an ongoing profile showing which of the required skills he or she has demonstrated to date. The profiles are organized for the 5th grade student, which accumulates assessment scores for that student from grades 3-4-5, and another tech-literacy profile for the 8th grade student which accumulates data from the student’s activities in grades 6-7-8.


The profile is built on the six strands from the ISTE NETS*S and aligns to the WV CSOs for Technology Tools found in Policy 2520.14.


The methodology described above allows students to demonstrate they have met national and state standards in a manner that is relevant and conducive to their own personal and lifelong learning.

Reporting Student Progress

Under NCLB, West Virginia is required to report basic student technology literacy data.  Our more stringent expectations will be phased in over a four-year period or less (to be determined).  During that transitional period, the following chart can be used to convert techSteps techAttain points into a determination of basic technology literacy for NCLB purposes.

 

Minimum Projects

NETS*S Categories

techAttain Points

2008-2009

2

5

30

2009-2010

5

6

50

2010-2011

10

6

110

2011-2012

15

6

200