Sixth Grade Indicators



6T1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
6T1a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
Independently:
· 6T1a1. Students will create digital products to demonstrate curriculum‐related knowledge or
processes that could be used to provide innovative solutions in the real world.
· 6T1a2. Students will research real-world topics using appropriate online resources.
· 6T1a3. Students will reflect on and debate topics using online tools (blog, chat, message board,
etc.)
· 6T1a4. Students will create curriculum-related multimedia projects.
6T1b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Independently:
· 6T1b1. 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
· 6T1b2. Students will express original ideas through technology programs or online resources.
· 6T1b3. Students will create digital works using technology resources.
· 6T1b4. Students will print, post, or publish original work using technology.
6T1c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
With assistance:
· 6T1c1. Students will describe and illustrate a complex curriculum‐related concept or process using
a model, simulation, concept‐mapping software, or hypermedia.
· 6T1c2. Students will use technology to create models or digital simulations.
· 6T1c3. Students will use digital simulations to examine and determine the effects of manipulating
one or more variables.
· 6T1c4. Students will use digital models to compare and contrast concepts, demonstrate patterns,
make predictions, and demonstrate understanding of curriculum-related concepts.
6T1d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities.
With assistance:
· 6T1d1. Students will develop and apply a research strategy for making data-driven predictions.
· 6T1d2. Students will use technology to manipulate data to identify trends, forecast results, and
identify variables that affect a process.
· 6T1d3. 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 cyberbullying).
· 6T1d4. Students will use technology resources to gather data, graph patterns and trends, and
evaluate patterns and trends.
· 6T1d5. Students will use technology‐based models and simulations to predict outcomes.

6T2. 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:
6T2a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
With assistance:
· 6T2a1. 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.
· 6T2a2. 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.
· 6T2a3. Students will submit results for publication to appropriate channels (e.g., national
competitions for solutions, local newspaper editorials, online blogs and networks).
6T2b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
With assistance:
· 6T2b1. 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).
· 6T2b2. 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).
6T2c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
With assistance:
· 6T2c1. 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.
· 6T2c2. Students will identify potential solutions or create products that help others understand a
global issue/perspective.
6T2d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
Independently:
· 6T2d1. Students will identify an appropriate project or problem associated with a specific content
area and identify and assign roles for project team members.
· 6T2d2. Students will select appropriate digital tools for supporting investigation and/or
experimentation related to the project/problem.
· 6T2d3. Students will work collaboratively to arrive at identifying and testing possible solution(s).
· 6T2d4. Students will share findings through real‐time and/or recorded demonstrations to
classmates and/or a broader audience using technology.


6T3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

6T3a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
With assistance:
· 6T3a1. Students will create a concept map describing the aspects of a research topic or essential
question, and select key topics for exploration.
· 6T3a2. 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).
· 6T3a3. Students will use digital planning tools or project management software to lay out inquiry
processes and procedures.
6T3b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
With assistance:
· 6T3b1. Students will independently develop and apply effective search strategies for locating
credible resources in multiple digital databases.
· 6T3b2. Students will categorize and classify information to support analysis
· 6T3b3. Students will use technology to synthesize results and report conclusions (e.g., using
data visualization, spreadsheets and graphs, and other productivity tools).
· 6T3b4. Students will document sources using a process and format appropriate for digital
publication.
6T3c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
With assistance:
· 6T3c1. Students will select and apply appropriate tools and digital resources to accomplish a variety of tasks.
· 6T3c2. Students will justify their selected digital tools based on efficiency and effectiveness for
completing the projects.
6T3d. Process data and report results.
With assistance:
· 6T3d1. Students will employ data analysis tools (e.g., databases, visualization tools, statistical
programs, graphing calculators) to analyze data collections.
· 6T3d2. Students will create projections and models to inform decision making.
· 6T3d3. Students will use multimedia formats to effectively report results to specific audiences.


6T4. 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:

6T4a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
With assistance:
· 6T4a1. Students will identify a problem and create essential questions that guide investigation of
an authentic problem using digital resources.
· 6T4a2. Students will identify, plan and research a topic from a global community perspective.
6T4b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
With assistance:
· 6T4b1. Students will select and use appropriate digital planning tools to complete a project.
· 6T4b2. Students will implement virtual field trips to explore content.
6T4c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
Independently:
· 6T4c1. Students will gather and organize data, examine patterns, and present ideas using digital
tools.
6T4d. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
With assistance:
· 6T4d1. Students will identify references from a variety of viewpoints.
· 6T4d2. Students will contact a variety of experts to get diverse viewpoints.
· 6T4d3. Students will communicate with individuals from other cultures to gather diverse
perspectives.
· 6T4d4. Students will use forums or threaded discussions to gather information.


6T5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
6T5a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
Independently:
· 6T5a1. Students will identify fair use of reference material in a production or presentation.
· 6T5a2. Students will identify information and/or resources as being copyright protected.
· 6T5a3. Students will communicate through social media sites (blogs, wikis, social networking
sites, etc.) safely and appropriately.
6T5b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
Independently:
· 6T5b1. Students will explain the value of existing and emerging technologies on individuals,
society, and the global community.
6T5c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Independently:
· 6T5c1. Students will assess the potential of technologies to address personal, social, lifelong
learning, and career needs.
· 6T5c2. Students will utilize resources that are not restricted by copyright protection (fair use).
· 6T5c3. Students will show proper citation for resources according to national standards.
6T5d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
With assistance:
· 6T5d1. Students will explain the concepts of digital etiquette, access, and literacy.
· 6T5d2. Students will describe personal and societal responsibilities of existing and emerging
technologies in the global community.


6T6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
6T6a. understand and use technology systems.
With assistance:
· 6T6a1. Students will demonstrate keyboarding skills by completing a variety of productivity tasks
in a timely manner.
· 6T6a2. Students will describe the components of a technology system and how they interact.
· 6T6a3. Students will create, save, retrieve, and produce files through a network system and
through digital tools and peripherals.
6T6b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
With assistance:
· 6T6b1. Students will use formatting and editing tools when producing documents or
presentations.
· 6T6b2. Students will use tracking tools to revise and edit documents.
· 6T6b3. Students will input, manipulate, and graph data in spreadsheets.
· 6T6b4. Students will create spreadsheet functions to analyze, interpret, and display data.
· 6T6b5. Students will use a graphing/scientific calculator to calculate, graph, analyze data, and
complete other functions to solve problems.
6T6c. troubleshoot systems and applications.
With assistance:
· 6T6c1. Students will apply strategies for solving common hardware and software problems.
6T6d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies
With assistance:
· 6T6d1. Students will apply experience with technology systems and programs when using new
tools to create a product.
· 6T6d2. Students will use various digital tools to create documents and presentations.