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Vocational Strands 4-6: Strand 6

Technology Literacy Knowledge and Skills

6.A Technology Literacy Knowledge and Skills (Grades 9 through 12)
6.A.01 Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications, as well as an understanding of the concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity.
6.A.01.01 Use online help and other support to learn about features of hardware and software, as well as to assess and resolve problems.
6.A.01.02 Install and uninstall software; compress and expand files (if the district allows it).
6.A.01.03 Explain effective backup and recovery strategies.
6.A.01.04 Apply advanced formatting and page layout features when appropriate (e.g., columns, templates, and styles) to improve the appearance of documents and materials.
6.A.01.05 Use editing features appropriately (e.g., track changes, insert comments).
6.A.01.06 Identify the use of word processing and desktop publishing skills in various careers.
6.A.01.07 Identify the use of database skills in various careers.
6.A.01.08 Define and use functions of a spreadsheet application (e.g., sort, filter, find).
6.A.01.09 Explain how various formatting options are used to convey information in charts or graphs.
6.A.01.10 Identify the use of spreadsheet skills in various careers.
6.A.01.11 Use search engines and online directories.
6.A.01.12 Explain the differences among various search engines and how they rank results.
6.A.01.13 Explain and demonstrate effective search strategies for locating and retrieving electronic information (e.g., using syntax and Boolean logic operators).
6.A.01.14 Describe good practices for password protection and authentication.

6.A.02 Demonstrate the responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media at home, in school, and in society.
6.A.02.01 Demonstrate compliance with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
6.A.02.02 Explain issues related to the responsible use of technology (e.g., privacy, security).
6.A.02.03 Explain laws restricting the use of copyrighted materials.
6.A.02.04 Identify examples of plagiarism, and discuss the possible consequences of plagiarizing the work of others.

6.A.03 Design and implement a personal learning plan that includes the use of technology to support lifelong learning goals.
6.A.03.01 Evaluate the authenticity, accuracy, appropriateness, and bias of electronic resources, including Web sites.
6.A.03.02 Analyze the values and points of view that are presented in media messages.
6.A.03.03 Describe devices, applications, and operating system features that offer accessibility for people with disabilities.
6.A.03.04 Evaluate school and work environments in terms of ergonomic practices.
6.A.03.05 Describe and use safe and appropriate practices when participating in online communities (e.g., discussion groups, blogs, social networking sites).
6.A.03.06 Explain and use practices to protect one's personal safety online (e.g., not sharing personal information with strangers, being alert for online predators, reporting suspicious activities).
6.A.03.07 Explain ways individuals can protect their technology systems and information from unethical users.

6.A.04 Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
6.A.04.01 Devise and demonstrate strategies for efficiently collecting and organizing information from electronic sources.
6.A.04.02 Compare, evaluate, and select appropriate electronic resources to locate specific information.
6.A.04.03 Select the most appropriate search engines and directories for specific research tasks.
6.A.04.04 Use a variety of media to present information for specific purposes (e.g., reports, research papers, presentations, newsletters, Web sites, podcasts, blogs), citing sources.
6.A.04.05 Demonstrate how the use of various techniques and effects (e.g., editing, music, color, rhetorical devices) can be used to convey meaning in media.
6.A.04.06 Use online communication tools to collaborate with peers, community members, and field experts as appropriate (e.g., bulletin boards, discussion forums, listservs, Web conferencing).
6.A.04.07 Plan and implement a collaborative project with students in other classrooms and schools using telecommunications tools (e.g., e-mail, discussion forums, groupware, interactive Web sites, video conferencing).

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Jennifer Jourdain
Montachusett Regional Voc Tech School
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-9200 x5125