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List of Benchmarks for Technology

Standard 2.Knows the characteristics and uses of computer software programs
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   1. Understands that actions can control software programs
   2. Uses computers for a variety of purposes (e.g., playing games, listening and interacting with storybooks, working with numbers, drawing)
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   1. Knows basic features of computer software (e.g., file, open, save, help, preview)
   2. Uses basic menu commands and toolbar functions
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   1. Uses a word processor to edit, copy, move, save, and print text with some formatting (e.g., centering lines, using tabs, forming paragraphs)
   2. Trouble-shoots simple problems in software (e.g., re-boots, uses help systems)
   3. Knows the common features and uses of databases (e.g., databases contain records of similar data, which is sorted or organized for ease of use; databases are used in both print form, such as telephone books, and electronic form, such as computerized card catalogs)
   4. Uses database software to add, edit, and delete records, and to find information through simple sort or search techniques
   5. Knows appropriate software for tasks (e.g., creating documents, performing calculations, audio-video projects)
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   1. Uses advanced features and utilities of word processors (e.g., uses clip art, spell-checker, grammar checker, thesaurus, outliner)
   2. Knows the common features and uses of desktop publishing software (e.g., documents are created, designed, and formatted for publication; data, graphics, and scanned images can be imported into a document using desktop software)
   3. Knows the common features and uses of spreadsheets (e.g., data is entered in cells identified by row and column; formulas can be used to update solutions automatically; spreadsheets are used in print form, such as look-up tables, and electronic form, such as to track business profit and loss)
   4. Uses a spreadsheet to update, add, and delete data, and to write and execute valid formulas on data
   5. Uses boolean searches to execute complex searches on a database
   6. Designs and creates web pages and simple websites (e.g., incorporates text, images, video, and audio; incorporates navigation and linking; publishes files on local and remote systems)
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Understands the uses of listservs, usenet newsreaders, and bulletin board systems
   2. Knows how to import and export text, data, and graphics between software programs
   3. Identifies some advanced features of software products (e.g., galleries, templates, macros, mail merge)
   4. Uses desktop publishing software to create a variety of publications
   5. Designs and creates comprehensive websites (e.g., identifies needs of target audience; creates readable, searchable content; meets accessibility requirements; tests, implements, and evaluates final product)