Use of Technology
1998-99 Self-Evaluation Rubrics
Please judge your level of achievement in each of the following
competencies. Circle the number which best reflects your current
level of skill attainment. (Be honest, but be kind.) This tool
is designed to help understand your current level of skills with
computer technologies and to plan for professional development.
1. Basic Computer Operation
___ Level 1 I do not use a computer.
___ Level 2 I use the computer to
run a few specific, pre-loaded programs.
___ Level 3 I run two programs simultaneously,
and have several windows open
the same time.
___ Level 4 I trouble-shoot successfully
when basic problems with my computer or printer
occur. I learn new programs on my own. I teach others basic
to my students.
2. File Management
___ Level 1 I do not save any documents
I create using the computer.
___ Level 2 I select, open and save
documents on different drives.
___ Level 3 I create my own folders
to keep my files organized and understand the importance
of a back-up system.
___ Level 4 I move files between folders
and drives, and I maintain my network
size within acceptable limits. I teach students how to save and
3. Word Processing
___ Level 1 I do not use a word processing
___ Level 2 I occasionally use a word
processing program for simple documents.
generally find it easier to hand write most written work I do.
___ Level 3 I use a word processing
program for nearly all my written professional
work: memos, tests, worksheets, and home communication. I edit,
and change the format of a document
___ Level 4 I teach students to use
word processing programs for their written communication.
4. Spreadsheet Use
___ Level 1 I do not use a spreadsheet.
___ Level 2 I understand the use of
a spreadsheet and can navigate within one.
create simple spreadsheets and charts.
___ Level 3 I use spreadsheets for
a variety of record-keeping tasks. I use labels, formulas,
cell references and formatting tools in my spreadsheets. I choose
which best represent my data.
___ Level 4 I teach students to use spreadsheets
to improve their own data keeping
and analysis skills.
5. Database Use
___ Level 1 I do not use a database.
___ Level 2 - I understand the use of a database and
locate information from a
such as Library Search.
___ Level 3 I create my own databases. I
define the fields and choose a layout to
information I have gathered. I use my database to answer questions
___ Level 4 I teach students to create and
use databases to organize and analyze data.
6. Graphics Use
___ Level 1 I do not use graphics
in my word processing or presentations.
___ Level 2 I open, create, and place
simple pictures into documents using drawing programs
___ Level 3 I edit and create graphics,
placing them into documents in order to help clarify
or amplify my message.
___ Level 4 I promote student interpretation
and display of visual data using a variety
tools and programs.
7. Internet Use
___ Level 1 I do not use the Internet.
___ Level 2 I access school and district
websites to find information. I follow links
from these sites to various Internet resources.
___ Level 3 I use lists of Internet
resources and make profitable use of Web search engines to
explore educational resources.
___ Level 4 I contribute to my school
or district Web sites. I teach students how to effectively use
the resources available on the Internet.
8. Telecommunications Use (E-Mail)
___ Level 1 I have an e-mail account
but I rarely use it.
___ Level 2 I send messages using
e-mail - mostly to district colleagues, friends, and family. I
check my e-mail account on a regular basis and maintain my mail
in an organized manner.
___ Level 3 I incorporate e-mail use
into classroom activities. I use e-mail to access information
from outside sources.
___ Level 4 I involve my students
in using e-mail to communicate with other students
and various kinds of experts from other states and nations.
9. Ethical Use Understanding
___ Level 1 I am not aware of any
ethical issues surrounding computer use.
___ Level 2 I know that some copyright
restrictions apply to computer software.
___ Level 3 I understand district
rules concerning student and adult use of e-mail
Internet. I know the programs for which the district or
holds a site license. I understand the school board policy on
the use of copyrighted
___ Level 4 I model ethical usage
of all software and let my students know my personal
on this issue.
10. Information Searching
___ Level 1 I am unlikely to seek
information when it is in electronic formats.
___ Level 2 I conduct simple searches
with the electronic encyclopedia and library software
for major topics.
___ Level 3 I have learned how to
use a variety of search strategies on several information
programs, including the use of Boolean (and, or, not) searches
help target the search.
___ Level 4 I have incorporated logical
search strategies into my work with students, showing
them the power of such searches with various electronic sources
information which relates to their questions.
11. Video Production
___ Level 1 I do not use a video camera.
___ Level 2 I create original video
tapes for home or school projects.
___ Level 3 I create original video
tapes using editing equipment .
___ Level 4 I use computer programs
to edit video tape presentations and I teach
students to create and edit video tapes.
12. Presentation Skills
___ Level 1 I do not use computer
___ Level 2 I present my information
to classes or groups in a single application
program such as a word processor, a spreadsheet, or a publishing
___ Level 3 I present my information
and teach my class using presentation programs such
as Powerpoint or SuperLink, incorporating various multimedia elements
as sound, video clips, and graphics .
___ Level 4 I teach my students how to use
presentation software. I facilitate my students
use of a variety of applications to persuasively present their
concerning a problem or area of focus in their learning.
13. Technology Integration
___ Level 1 I do not blend the use
of computer-based technologies into my classroom
___ Level 2 I understand the district
technology plan supports integration of technology into
classroom activities, but I am still learning about what strategies
and how to do it. I accept student work produced electronically,
not require it.
___ Level 3 From time to time, I encourage
my students to employ computer-based technologies to
support the communicating, data analysis and problem solving
outlined in the district technology plan.
___ Level 4 I frequently model and
teach my students to employ computer-based technologies
for communication, data analysis, and problem-solving as outlined
in the district technology plan.
This form was developed by the library media specialists
and teachers of the Bellingham Public Schools who based it upon
the Mankato Scale first developed by the Mankato (Minnesota) Public
Schools to measure the growth of student technology skills.