Director of Technology
One Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Email
Phone: (540) 434-9916
Fax: (540) 434-5196
Grade 8 Technology Benchmarks
ICT Literacy - Focus Communication
Use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
Produce documents demonstrating the ability to edit, reformat, and integrate various software tools.
Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities.
Use telecommunication tools to communicate and share information with others.
Understand the nature of information in a global world and the characteristics of various media:
Become informed about other cultures so all global communication can be made respectfully.
Recognize when information is needed and determine where to locate the appropriate information.
Evaluate information based on accuracy, relevance to a task or question, and appropriateness.
Be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of various types of media and how media (including one’s own creations) can influence people.
Be able to deconstruct and construct media messages.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology.
Understand that hardware and software have different operating systems that may affect their use.
Use self-help features such as online tutorials and manuals to learn how to use sofware and hardware.
Use technologies ethically and safely:
Comply with current copyright laws.
Use borrowed technology with respect and care.
Never use technology to bully, coerce, or harass any other person; be accountable for conduct when using technology.
Be aware of safety issues related to all technologies, but specifically communication technologies.
Follow the division’s current guidelines for ethics and safety (identified in the acceptable use policy).
Internet Safety: Plagarism, Social Networking, Predators(See curriculum)
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