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STANDARD 1: The student operates technology-based equipment.

Benchmarks Skills
Grade One
Understanpds and uses • Identifies physical components of the computer (e.g.,
basic computer monitor, keyboard, mouse, CPU, diskdrive, power switch,
operations. CD ROM drive).
• Identify peripherals used with computer (e.g., printer,
scanner, headset).
• Knows how to remove and insert removable storage media.
• Uses a basic keyboard and mouse.

• Understands and uses fundamental computer

vocabulary(desktop, cursor, menubar, folder, and other
appropriate terms).
Exhibits proper care of • Keeps computer areas free of food and drink.
Grade Two
Understands and uses • Knows how to turn on and shut down a computer.
basic computer • Uses both hands on a basic keyboard with mouse.
operations. • Uses spacebar, letter and number keys, shift, delete, return,
and arrow keys.
• Opens and quits an application.
• Open, scrolls and closes a window.
• Uses cancel as a troubleshooting technique.

• Knows how to save and recall within a program.

Exhibits proper care of • Handles removable storage media properly.
Grade Three
Understands and uses • Inserts and removes removable storage media.
basic computer • Uses home row placement for hands on keyboard.
operations. • Locates and uses upper and lowercase letters, numbers,
symbols and special keys (e.g., Command, Alt, Option,
• Uses undo as a troubleshooting technique.
• Uses fundamental computer operating environment, i.e.,
desktop, cursor, menubar, folder. Understands there is a lag
time in printing.

• Knows how to print with supervision.

Exhibits proper care of • Stores removable storage media safely.
• Understands the consequences of poor storage and care of
removable storage media.
Grade Four
Understands and uses • Knows when an application is open.
basic computer • Titles and saves work to an identified location (e.g., hard
operations. drive, external device).
• Locates and retrieves prior work. Accesses files from
external disk and/or network server.
• Uses home row on the computer proficiently (5 wpm).
• Understands and uses the PRINT dialog box.

• Uses input devices (e.g., microphone to record sound).

Grade Five
Understands and uses • Uses all alpha keys to key at least 12 wpm with 90%
basic computer accuracy.
operations. • Navigates to appropriate locations to save and retrieve a
• Knows when peripherals are on and operating (printer,
modem, scanner, QuickCam, etc.)
• Knows common system problems and asks for help.
• Inserts, plays and rewinds a video tape in a VCR.
• Uses image input devices with supervision (e.g., camera,

• Knows and uses basic technology components (e.g., VCR,

stereo, CD players).
Grade Six
Understands and uses • Knows how to move between open applications.
basic computer • Know computer operating environments can be customized
operations. (e.g., desktop, folders).
• Uses touch typing skills on computer keyboard with 90%
accuracy at 20 wpm.
• Accesses a site server (log in, log out).
• Uses file transfer to move/copy data to different locations
(removable storage media, networks).
• Understand and uses fundamental computer vocabulary
(network, LAN, server, log in, user name, virus, hardware,
software, application, window).
• Understands software terms: freeware, shareware,
commercial programs.
• Knows the capacity and trade offs for computer storage

• Knows that peripherals can be used to acquire and

manipulate media.
Grade Seven
Understands and uses • Uses keyboarding skills to key 25 wpm with 90% accuracy.
basic computer • Uses/interacts with available peripheral utilities (e.g.,
operations. drivers for scanner, CD, video).
• Knows what a computer can and cannot do regarding:
speed, formats, operating systems, memory constraints,
reasoning ability.
• Knows common keyboard commands.

• Knows the function of peripheral devices (e.g., scanner,

CD, video projector, TV monitor).
Grade Eight
Understands and uses • Uses touch typing skills to key 30 wpm with 90% accuracy.
basic computer • Troubleshoots available peripherals and their associated
operations. utilities.
• Collects and organizes files.

• Uses peripherals to acquire and manipulate media.

Grade Nine
Understands and uses • Uses more than one operating system.
basic computer • Uses keyboard commands for common operations.
operations. • Understand and uses hardware, software, and operating
system troubleshooting skills.