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STANDARD 3: The student uses technology tools to enhance learning, increase

productivity, and promote creativity.


Benchmarks
Grade One
Uses a word processing • Uses beginning writing applications that include both
program to create words and pictures with assistance.
products.
• Creates an illustration and writes a sentence with
assistance.
Uses graphics to enhance • Uses paint and draw tools with assistance.
products.
Grade Two
Uses a word processing • Uses simple word processing program and prints with
program to create assistance.
products.
Uses graphics to enhance • Uses paint and draw tools.
products.
Grade Three
Uses a word processing • Composes and prints a paragraph, story or poem.
program to create • Uses word wrap in word processing documents.
products. • Edits and/or enhances text (font, size, style, color).
• Demonstrates navigation skills in a word document (e.g.,
scrolling, cursor placement).

• Indents paragraphs using tab key.


Uses a spreadsheet to • Understands layout elements of spreadsheet (e.g., row,
manipulate data. column, cell).

• Uses a spreadsheet to generate a graph or table.


Uses graphics to enhance • Utilizes paint/draw tools to select and manipulate
products. objects/graphics (e.g., rotate, stretch, shrink, group,
duplicate).
Grade Four
Uses a word processing • Uses word processing application to create and print a
program to create variety of writing types.
products. • Cuts, copies and pastes objects and/or text.
• Uses spellcheck function to correct student-generated
work.
• Appropriately formats punctuation of text (e.g., no space
before, and one space after a comma, one space after a
period, question mark, exclamation point or colon).

• Uses text justification/alignment appropriately (e.g., center,


left, right).
Uses a spreadsheet to • Uses a prepared spreadsheet and manipulates data to
manipulate data. understand basic functions (e.g., autosum).
Uses graphics to enhance • Inserts/imports a graphic from an outside source (e.g.,
products. server, scrapbook, CD, library).
Grade Five
Uses a word processing • Uses a variety of page layouts (e.g., newsletters, journals,
program to create posters, books, greeting cards).
products.
• Edits and revises documents using appropriate tools (e.g.,
dictionary, thesaurus, word count).
Uses a spreadsheet to • Adds or alters arithmetic functions in a pre-made
manipulate data. spreadsheet.
Uses graphics to enhance • Understands the difference between basic graphic formats
products. (e.g., paint pixel and draw object).
Grade Six
Uses a word processing • Understands the function of tabs.
program to create • Uses standard word processors to publish written work.
products. • Proofreads and edits a draft to produce a final document,
including spell and grammar check.
• Uses text wrap with graphics in text documents.

• Uses a variety of page layouts (e.g., landscape, portrait,


page size, columns).
Uses a database program • Understands elements of a database (e.g., field, record).
to maintain and display
information. • Manipulates a database for information retrieval (e.g., find,
sort).
Uses a spreadsheet to • Manipulates data in prepared spreadsheet (completed
manipulate data. template) to produce charts.
Uses graphics to enhance • Uses tools to create and manipulate graphics (e.g., size,
products. location).

• Converts graphics from one format to another (e.g., TIFF,


PICT).
Grade Seven
Uses a word processing • Formats a document using tabs.
program to create • Uses word processing skills for work across curricular
products. areas.

• Uses style sheets to format outlines and lists.


Uses a database program • Gathers and inputs data to create a database.
to maintain and display • Finds, sorts, and analyzes data.
information.
• Prints database information in various formats.
Uses a spreadsheet to • Uses blank template to enter data.
manipulate data. • Creates a spreadsheet with simple formulas.

• Uses spreadsheet data to make simple graphs.


Uses graphics to enhance • Uses drawing/painting software for original
products. designs/projects.
Grade Eight
Uses a word processing • Uses headers and footers appropriately (e.g., date, time,
program to create page numbers).
products. • Inserts footnotes and endnotes.

• Creates a table in a word processing document.


Uses a database program • Uses search strategies to gather and synthesize information
to maintain and display to generate reports from an original database.
information.
Uses a spreadsheet to • Gathers information and enter into spreadsheet to display
manipulate data. as a chart or graph.
Creates and uses web • Makes a simple web page using editor software.
page.
Uses graphics to enhance • Scans or digitizes a photo to use in other documents.
products.
• Uses imported, scanned and original graphics in
documents.
Grade Nine
Uses a word processing • Prepares and formats multi-page documents and reports
program to create including page numbers, contents, cover page, end notes
products. and bibliography.
Uses a database program • Uses various layout displays for database information.
to maintain and display
information. • Merges database information with word processing
document.
Uses a spreadsheet to • Uses advanced spreadsheet functions to solve real-life
manipulate data. problems.
Creates and uses web • Makes a web page using editor software and modifying
pages. HTML code.

• Inserts graphics, photos, and/or sound in web page.


Uses graphics to enhance • Modifies scanned or digitized images.
products.