Eighth Grade Indicators

8T1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
8T1a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
8T1a1. Students will create digital products to demonstrate curriculum‐related knowledge
or processes that could be used to provide innovative solutions in the real world.
· 8T1a2. Students will research real-world topics using appropriate online resources.
· 8T1a3. Students will reflect on and debate topics using online tools (blog, chat,
· 8T1a4. Students will create curriculum-related multimedia projects.
8T1b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
· 8T1b1. Students will create original digital products (animations, videos, podcasts, web
pages,blogs, etc.) about a topic of personal interest or in response to a learning activity
and document a reflection on the quality of the production.
· 8T1b2. Students will express original ideas through technology programs or online
· 8T1b3. Students will create digital works using technology resources.
· 8T1b4. Students will print, post, or publish original work using technology.
8T1c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
· 8T1c1. Students will describe and illustrate a complex curriculum‐related concept or
process using a model, simulation, concept‐mapping software, or hypermedia.
· 8T1c2. Students will use technology to create models or digital simulations.
· 8T1c3. Students will use digital simulations to examine and determine the effects of
manipulating one or more variables.
· 8T1c4. Students will use digital models to compare and contrast concepts,
demonstrate patterns,make predictions, and demonstrate understanding of curriculum-
related concepts.
8T1d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities.
· 8T1d1. Students will develop and apply a research strategy for making data-driven
· 8T1d2. Students will use technology to manipulate data in order to identify trends,
forecast results,and identify variables that affect a process.
· 8T1d3. Students will determine models that allow you to manipulate variables, including
graphs that can be extended over time and allow you to make predictions for particular
circumstances(e.g., uphill vs downhill acceleration, pre- and post-unit attitudes about
· 8T1d4. Students will use technology resources to gather data, graph patterns and
trends, and evaluate patterns and trends.
· 8T1d5. Students will use technology‐based models and simulations to predict

8T2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
8T2a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environment
· 8T2a1. Students will use digital media tools (e.g., blogs, wikis, video-conferencing,
virtual worlds,etc.) for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration with peers/experts
/global partners
to plan,design, and publish a content-specific product.
· 8T2a2. Students will present and/or post work products online. For example, collaborate
in a virtual world to design and produce a re-enactment of a historical event, play, or
experiment, or collaborate with students in another classroom using digital tools to
debate an important issue.
· 8T2a3. Students will submit results for publication to appropriate channels (e.g.,
national competitions for solutions, local newspaper editorials, online blogs and
8T2b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
· 8T2b1. Students will, individually or in collaborative groups, identify and evaluate
information from a variety of online sources for accuracy, bias, and comprehensiveness.
Summarize and distribute results to multiple audiences (e.g., audiences with different
levels of knowledge or perspectives) using a variety of communications media and
formats (e.g., presentation,webpage, wiki, blog,online collaborative writing tools).
· 8T2b2. Students will collaborate with local and global partners and content experts to
develop multimedia presentations incorporating a variety of media elements (e.g., clip art,
movies,animations, graphs, concept maps) to clearly illustrate, explain, explore, or
demonstrate a demanding/complex concept, principle, or procedure appropriate for
specific audiences (e.g.,audience with specific level of knowledge or perspectives).
8T2c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
· 8T2c1. Students will identify a topic of global concern and use a variety of digital tools
to collaborate with learners from other cultures to better understand the topic from
different perspectives.
· 8T2c2. Students will identify potential solutions or create products that help others
understand a global issue/perspective.
8T2d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
· 8T2d1. Students will identify an appropriate project or problem associated with a
specific content area and identify and assign roles for project team members.
· 8T2d2. Students will select appropriate digital tools for supporting investigation and/or
experimentation related to the project/problem.
· 8T2d3. Students will work collaboratively to arrive at identifying and testing possible
· 8T2d4. Students will share findings through real‐time and/or recorded demonstrations to
classmates and/or a broader audience using technology.

8T3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
8T3a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
· 8T3a1. Students will create a concept map describing the aspects of a research topic
or essential question, and select key topics for exploration.
· 8T3a2. Students will determine data collection and search needs and strategies for
gathering information (e.g., determine appropriate search engine database, share links with important text highlighted using social bookmarking tools, collect data using digital probes and/or student response systems, access news from information aggregators).
· 8T3a3. Students will use digital planning tools or project management software to lay out
inquiry processes and procedures.
8T3b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
· 8T3b1. Students will independently develop and apply effective search strategies for
locating credible resources in multiple digital databases.
· 8T3b2. Students will categorize and classify information to support analysis
· 8T3b3. Students will use technology to synthesize results and report conclusions (e.g.,
using data visualization, spreadsheets and graphs, and other data visualization).
· 8T3b4. Students will document sources using a process and format appropriate for
digital publication.
8T3c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
· 8T3c1. Students will select and apply appropriate tools and digital resources to
accomplish a variety of tasks.
· 8T3c2. Students will justify their selected digital tools based on efficiency and
effectiveness for completing the projects.
8T3d. Process data and report results.
· 8T3d1. Students will employ data analysis tools (e.g., databases, visualization tools,
statistical programs, graphing calculators) to analyze data collections.
· 8T3d2. Students will create projections and models to inform decision making.
· 8T3d3. Students will use multimedia formats to effectively report results to specific

8T4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

8T4a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
· 8T4a1. Students will identify a problem and create essential questions that guide
investigation of an authentic problem using digital resources.
· 8T4a2. Students will identify, plan and research a topic from a global community
8T4b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
· 8T4b1. Students will select and use appropriate digital planning tools to complete a
· 8T4b2. Students will implement virtual field trips to explore content.
8T4c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
· 8T4c1. Students will gather and organize data, examine patterns, and present ideas
using digital tools.
8T4d. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
· 8T4d1. Students will identify references from a variety of viewpoints.
· 8T4d2. Students will contact a variety of experts to get diverse viewpoints.
· 8T4d3. Students will communicate with individuals from other cultures to gather diverse
· 8T4d4. Students will use forums or threaded discussions to gather information.

8T5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
8T5a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
· 8T5a1. Students will identify fair use of reference material in a production or
· 8T5a2. Students will identify information and/or resources as being copyright protected.
· 8T5a3. Students will communicate through social media sites (blogs, wikis, social
networking sites, etc.) safely and appropriately.
8T5b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
· 8T5b1. Students will explain the value of existing and emerging technologies on
individuals, society, and the global community.
8T5c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
· 8T5c1. Students will assess the potential of technologies to address personal, social,
lifelong learning, and career needs.
· 8T5c2. Students will utilize resources that are not restricted by copyright protection
(fair use).
· 8T5c3. Students will show proper citation for resources according to national
8T5d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
· 8T5d1. Students will explain the concepts of digital etiquette, access, and literacy.
· 8T5d2. Students will describe personal and societal responsibilities of existing and
emerging technologies in the global community.

8T6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
8T6a. understand and use technology systems.
· 8T6a1. Students will demonstrate keyboarding skills by completing a variety of
productivity tasks in a timely manner.
· 8T6a2. Students will describe the components of a technology system and how they
· 8T6a3. Students will create, save, retrieve, and produce files through a network system
and through digital tools and peripherals.
8T6b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
· 8T6b1. Students will use formatting and editing tools when producing documents or
· 8T6b2. Students will use tracking tools to revise and edit documents.
· 8T6b3. Students will input, manipulate, and graph data in spreadsheets.
· 8T6b4. Students will create spreadsheet functions to analyze, interpret, and display
· 8T6b5. Students will use a graphing/scientific calculator to calculate, graph, analyze
data, and complete other functions to solve problems.
8T6c. troubleshoot systems and applications.
· 8T6c1. Students will apply strategies for solving common hardware and software
8T6d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies
· 8T6d1. Students will apply experience with technology systems and programs when
using new tools to create a product.
· 8T6d2. Students will use various digital tools to create documents and presentations.