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Technology Challenges During Teachers' Induction Years
Part 2: What is Your TQ (Technology Quotient)?

(Adapted from the International Society for Technology in Education - ISTE Competencies)

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Education Technology Standard for Teachers competencies are a widely- accepted set of standards for what teachers should know and be able to do regarding technology. In fact, these standards were adopted by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) as their criteria to accredit the technology component of teacher education programs. Complete the following rating scale using the descriptions below to determine your TQ. Please be honest so that you can target areas for future growth and development.
4 = Distinguished Level of Competence - This statement is very descriptive of me. In fact, I could teach colleagues about some advanced capabilities.
3 = Proficient Level of Competence - This statement is fairly descriptive of me. If a colleague asked me for assistance, I could provide some help.
2 = Basic Level of Competence - This statement is somewhat descriptive of me - at least regarding the basics. I need to learn more but I can use basic features independently.
1 = Needs Improvement - This statement is not at all descriptive of me. I know that I need to learn much more about it.
Personal and Professional Use of Technology
4 3 2 1   Use productivity tools for word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.
4 3 2 1   Apply productivity tools for creating multimedia presentations.
4 3 2 1   Use computer-based technologies including telecommunications to access information and enhance personal and professional productivity.
4 3 2 1   Use computers to support problem-solving, data collection, information management, communications, presentations, and decision-making.
4 3 2 1   Demonstrate awareness of resources for adaptive assistive devices for students with special needs.
4 3 2 1   Demonstrate knowledge of equity, ethics, legal and human issues concerning use of computers and technology.
4 3 2 1   Identify computer and related technology resources for facilitating life-long learning and emerging roles of the learner and the educator.
4 3 2 1   Observe demonstrations or uses of broadcast instruction, audio/video conferencing, and other distant learning applications.
Basic Computer/Technology Operations and Concepts
4 3 2 1   Operate a multimedia computer system with related peripheral devices to successfully install and use a variety of software packages.
4 3 2 1   Use terminology related to computers and technology appropriately in written and oral communications.
4 3 2 1   Use imaging devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and/or video cameras with computer systems and software.
4 3 2 1   Describe and implement basic troubleshooting techniques for multimedia computer systems with related peripheral devices.
4 3 2 1   Demonstrate knowledge of uses of computers and technology in business, industry and society.
Application of Technology in Instruction
4 3 2 1   Design student learning activities that foster equitable, ethical and legal use of technology by students.
4 3 2 1   Design, deliver, and assess student learning activities that integrate computers technology for a variety of student grouping strategies and for diverse students populations.
4 3 2 1   Explore, evaluate, and use computer/technology resources including applications, tools, educational software and associated documentation.
4 3 2 1   Describe current instructional principles, research and appropriate assessment practices as related to the use of computers and technology resources in the curriculum.
4 3 2 1   Practice responsible, ethical and legal use of technology, information, and software resources.
Note: A majority of 3 and 4 ratings means that you have a high TQ and would place you in the TEACHER PREPARED category described in this booklet . To benefit you and your students, if the majority of ratings fall in the 1 and 2 category, please refer to the category labeled TEACHER UNPREPARED.

Continue to Part 3: What is Your School's TQ (Technology Quotient)?

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