Identifying and Measuring Technology Literacy Skills for Students

We're in the process of defining technology literacy skills for our grade-8 students. At this point, we can't even agree on what we mean by the term 'technology literacy,' let alone how it can be measured. We've found sample skills lists and rubrics, but we need to lay some groundwork before we move forward. Can you recommend a resource that might help us get on the same page?

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has developed a National Leadership Institute Toolkit that you may find useful. The toolkit includes a definition of technology literacy, based upon NCLB requirements. Use this with staff as a starting point for a productive discussion of what 'technology literacy' means. The toolkit also provides a framework for assessment and other information you can use once you're ready to begin planning your assessment strategies.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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