Student 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 further projects.

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
                        at 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.

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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
                       storage size within acceptable limits.

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3. Word Processing

___ Level 1     I do not use a word processing program.

___ Level 2     I occasionally use a word processing program for simple documents.
                         I 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 and home communication. I edit, spell-check, and change the format
                         of a document

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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.
                        I 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                         charts which best represent my data.

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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
                        pre-made database such as Library Search.

___ Level 3    I create my own databases. I define the fields and choose a layout to
                       organize information I have gathered. I use my database to answer questions                        about my information.

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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 or clipart.

___ Level 3     I edit and create graphics, placing them into documents in order to help                         clarify or amplify my message.

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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.

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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

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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
                        and Internet.  I know the programs for which the district or my building 
                        holds a site license. I understand the school board policy on the use of                         copyrighted materials.

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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

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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 .

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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.

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