CDE has compiled a number of definitions to assist districts in defining 8th grade literacy and the integration of technology in curriculum and instruction, as required for NCLB Title II-D. The first section includes examples from other states, and from national organizations. Starting on page two of this document,you can examine how several districts in our state have defined literacy and integration. National and State Definitions Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate; solve problems; and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century.-Florida Laptops for Learning Taskforce…technologically competent students are described as "information technology users; information seekers, analyzers, and evaluators; problem solvers and decision makers; creative and effective users of productivity tools; communicators, collaborators, publishers, and producers; and, informed, responsible, and contributing citizens" -ISTE"Curriculum integrationwith the use of technology involves the infusion of technology as a tool to enhance the learning in a content area or multidisciplinary setting... Effective integration of technology is achieved when students are able to select technology tools to help them obtain information in a timely manner, analyze and synthesize the information, and present it professionally. The technology should become anintegral part of how the classroom functions — as accessible as all other classroom tools. The focus in each lesson or unit is the curriculum outcome, not the technology. " -ISTEThe recently published Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEA, 2000) states that a technologically literate person has "the ability to use, manage, assess, and understand technology." -ITEATechnological literacy isknowledge about what technology is, how it works, what purposes it can serve, and how it can be used efficiently and effectively to achieve specific goals. -Learning Point Associates, enGaugeInformation and Technology Literacy is the ability of an individual, working independently or with others, to use tools, resources, processes, and systems responsibly to access and evaluate information in anymedium, and to use that information to solve problems, communicate clearly, make informed decisions, and construct new knowledge, products, or systems. -Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction"Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in allsubject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century." -SETDA-
Colorado School District Definitions
Technology literacy is the capacity of students, teachers and administrators to utilize current software and hardware technologies to enrich learning, to document continuous improvement, and to ensure higher levels of student achievement. Curriculum/technologyintegration is the planned and coordinated process of fully aligning instruction, professional development, curriculum, data driven decision making and learning intervention strategies in a comprehensive effort that produces improved student learning and higher levels of student achievement across the school district. Colorado Springs District 11 Technology literacy is basic competencies in the use oftechnology identified by grade levels. Curriculum/technology integration is the effective use of technology within the core curriculum areas in our district. Lake County Technology literacy is the appropriate use of technology tools to: access, manage, integrate and evaluate information; construct new knowledge; and communicate with others. Garfield-Rifle Technology literacy is the ability to use...