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General Information

Mission Statement

This document provides a framework for the integration of technology across the curriculum.

Philosophy

The Louisiana K-12 State Educational Technology Guidelines are based on the National Educational Technology Standards and the Louisiana State Content Standards. These technology standards support the beliefs set forth by the state educational technology goal: "All educators and learners will have access to technologies that are effective in improving student achievement."

The Louisiana K-12 State Educational Technology Guidelines parallel the foundation skills and core understandings embodied in the Louisiana Content Standards. Additionally, the guidelines are designed to reflect the conviction that technology is best understood and taught in a realistic and integrated setting in a variety of curriculum areas. The alignment of the technology guidelines with the foundation skills provides for such integration across all content areas. Consequently, these guidelines and the associated performance indicators are to be integrated in all aspects of the curriculum and not taught in isolation, utilizing fully the resources of the classroom, the school, and the community. The technology guidelines promote the development of technology/information literate students, including those with disabilities, to be self-directed learners, who individually and collaboratively use technology/information responsibly to create quality products and to be productive citizens. The focus is on learning with information and technology rather than learning about technology. Integration of these guidelines will be varied and dynamic, reflecting the diversity of instructional and student needs in our schools and districts.

Definition

Technology consists of any electronic tool used for solving problems, communicating clearly, processing information, increasing productivity, accomplishing a task, making informed decisions, and enhancing the quality of life.

K-12 Technology Standards

  1. Technology Communication Tools (Communication Foundation Skill)
    • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts and other audiences.
    • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate and present information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
  1. Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools (Problem Solving Foundation Skill)
    • Students use appropriate technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
    • Students employ technology for real world problem solving.
    • Students evaluate the technology selected, the process, and the final results through the use of informed decision-making skills.
  1. Technology Productivity Tools (Resource Access and Utilization Foundation Skill)
    • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
    • Students use productivity tools to work collaboratively in developing technology-rich, authentic, student-centered products.
  1. Technology Research Tools (Linking and Generating Knowledge Foundation Skill)
    • Students use appropriate technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
    • Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
    • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  1. Social, Ethical, and Human Issues (Citizenship Foundation Skill)
    • Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.
    • Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
    • Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.
  1. Basic Operations and Concepts
    • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
    • Students are proficient in the use of technology

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