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Am I ready to apply for Teacher Technology Competencies Certification?
Am I familiar with the computer operating system? Can I:
Navigate the desktop?
Save and retrieve files?
Identify and appropriately use text, graphic, image, video, and audio files?
Connect to and print from a network?
Connect to and search the internet?
Am I familiar with word processing and desktop publishing? Can I:
Create a new document from a blank page or a template?
Use Save, Save As (different name, location, or format) and Save as Web Page?
Locate and open an existing document?
Apply font formats (bold, italic, and underline)?
Select and change font and font size?
Use the Spellchecker?
Use the Thesaurus?
Align text in paragraphs (center, left, right, and justified)?
Add bullets and numbering?
Set character, line, and paragraph spacing options?
Use indentation options (left, right, first line, and hanging indent)?
Use Tabs command (center, decimal, left, and right)?
Set page orientation?
Create and use newspaper columns?
Create, edit and apply styles?
Use the drawing toolbar?
Insert graphics into a document (WordArt, clip art, and images)?
Create and modify headers and footers?
Merge main document and data source to create form letter?
Print a document?
Use technical writing strategies and effective use of graphics and page design to communicate effectively?
Am I familiar with spreadsheets and charting? Can I:
Enter text, dates, and numbers?
Edit cell content?
Apply font styles (typeface, size, color, and styles)?
Apply number formats (currency, percent, dates, and commas)?
Modify row and column size?
Modify alignment of cell content?
Adjust decimal places?
Insert and delete rows and columns?
Enter and revise formulas in a cell and use the formula bar?
Use basic functions (AVERAGE, SUM, COUNT, MIN, and MAX)?
Create and modify a chart?
Insert, move, and delete an object (graphic)?
Match the chart style to the data when creating and labeling charts?
Create a variety of spreadsheet layouts containing descriptive labels and page settings?
Preview and print worksheets and workbooks?
Am I familiar with databases and reporting? Can I:
Plan, create, and edit databases by defining fields, entering data, and designing layouts appropriate for reporting?
Enter records using a form?
Find a record?
Create a calculated field?
Demonstrate the use of a variety of layouts in a database, including horizontal and vertical layouts, to communicate information appropriately?
Am I familiar with multimedia and presentations? Can I:
Create a linear or nonlinear presentation?
Create and delete slides?
Enter text on a slide?
Add a picture from Clip Art or a file ?
Scale and size an object including clip art?
Add a sound from Clip Art or a file
Add a video?
Add slide transitions?
Save the presentation?
Print the presentation in various formats?
Am I familiar with the Internet? Do I have research and telecommunications skills? Do I know:
The Terminology of the Internet?
Proper Network Etiquette?
The Acceptable Use Policy of my district?
The Guidelines for the legal and ethical use of technology resources and digital information?
How to cite sources of digital information using established methods?
Appropriate electronic search strategies in the acquisition of information, including keyword and Boolean search strategies?
Strategies for capturing and using digital files?
How to resolve information conflicts and validate information by accessing, researching, and comparing data from multiple sources?
The difference between an intranet and the Internet?
How to find and use interactive virtual environments, appropriate to grade level, such as virtual reality or simulations?
How to participate in electronic communities as a learner, initiator, and contributor?
How to complete tasks using technological collaboration such as sharing information through on-line communications?
How to publish to the Web and guidelines for school Web pages?
The differences between Distance Learning and Online Learning?
How to identify and use technology resources to keep current with technology education?
Do I understand the impact of technology on society and future careers? Am I familiar with the technology issues of:
Internet Safety and Value to Education
Intentional Virus Setting
Invasion of Privacy
Digital Divide: Student access to technology
Effect of technology on future careers
Equity :gender, ethnicity, language, disabilities
Am I able to evaluate Web sites, student projects, and products effectively? Can I:
Determine and employ methods to evaluate electronic information for accuracy and validity
Evaluate appropriately students' projects and portfolios using formal and informal assessment methods?
Determine and employ technology specifications to evaluate projects for design, content delivery, purpose, relevance, and audience and demonstrate that process and product can be evaluated using established criteria or rubrics
Design and implement procedures to track trends, set time lines, and review and evaluate products using technology tools
Select representative products to be collected and stored in an electronic evaluation tool.
Am I able to integrate technology into instructional planning and design? Do I know how to:
Select and use software for a defined task according to quality, appropriateness, effectiveness, and efficiency
Use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning
Create project-based learning activities that integrate the Technology Applications TEKS into the curriculum using a range of instructional strategies for individuals and small/whole groups
Plan, select, and implement instruction that allows students to use technology applications in problem-solving and decision-making situations
Teach students how to locate, retrieve, and retain content-related information from a range of texts and technologies
Use technology tools to perform administrative tasks such as taking attendance, maintaining grade books, and facilitating communication
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