Third Grade Indicators

3T1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
3T1a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T1a1. Students will Identify local or global problems that require creative solutions.
· 3T1a2. Students will use existing knowledge to brainstorm solutions to local or global
problems using digital tools (e.g. graphs, wikis, multimedia presentations) to capture and
share information with whole group.
· 3T1a3. Students will analyze and evaluate information to create original works expressing
ideas using digital tools.
3T1b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
With Assistance
· 3T1b1. Students will create a digital work (e.g., movie, podcast/vodcast, digital storytelling,
web publishing, etc.), individually or collaboratively about a specific topic using primary
resources and secondary resources .
· 3T1b2. Students will use online collaborative tools (e.g., online discussion forums, blogs,
and wikis) to gather and share information with other students.
3T1c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T1c1. Students will describe and illustrate a concept or process using models,
simulations, or concept-mapping software.
· 3T1c2. Students will compare and contrast two systems using digital graphic organizers,
models, or simulations.
3T1d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T1d1. Students will collect, record, organize, and display data using graphing software.
· 3T1d2. Students will use graphs to identify patterns and trends.
· 3T1d3. Students will interpret data from graphs to predict future outcomes.

3T2. 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:
3T2a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T2a1. Students will collaborate with peers or subject-matter experts using online
communication tools (e.g. email, video-conferencing, blogging, wikis, etc.) to create and
publish technology-based presentations or products.
· 3T2a2. Students will show awareness of intended audience in a digital environment by
using appropriate communication and etiquette (e.g. “LOL” would not be appropriate when
responding to a blog in an academic setting).
3T2b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T2b1. Students will create products using digital text, images, audio, etc. to
communicate individual and group curriculum activities, ideas, or results to multiple
· 3T2b2. Students will describe different types of media and formats for specific
3T2c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T2c1. Use technology communication tools (e.g., online forums, blogs,
e-mail, video-conferencing, etc) to interact with students or experts from different cultures or
geographic locations on a content-specific activity or project.
3T2d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T2d1. Students will use digital reference tools (e.g., search engines, encyclopedias) to
investigate a local or global issue in pairs or small groups and recommend solutions to
· 3T2d2. Produce an original work using appropriate tools (e.g. animation
and drawing software, multimedia software, visual data tools, video cameras) on subject
specific concepts or content.

3T3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

3T3a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T3a1. Students will define and narrow topic for research.
· 3T3a2. Students will use digital planning tools (e.g., concept mapping, KWHL charting
tools) to outline steps in investigation.
· 3T3a3. Students will practice using key words and phrases to conduct Internet
searches to widen or limit the results.
· 3T3a4. Students will list types of digital reference tools (search engines, maps,
encyclopedias, dictionaries).
3T3b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T3b1. Students will use appropriate digital reference tools to locate information.
· 3T3b2. Students will distinguish between primary resources and secondary resources
as well as evaluate the authority of sources.
· 3T3b3. Students will evaluate content to determine fact/opinion, bias and accuracy.
· 3T3b4. Students will organize information using a digital planning tool (e.g. concept
mapping, KWHL charting tools.
· 3T3b5. Students will cite three or more sources, including the title, author, and website.
3T3c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T3c1. Students will compare and contrast two or more digital tools and digital reference
tools to accomplish task.
· 3T3c2. Students will select a digital tool appropriate to a task.
3T3d. Process data and report results.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T3d1. Students will select a digital tool (e.g. spreadsheets, graphs, visualizations) to
organize data to show trends and patterns.
· 3T3d2. Students will report information using multimedia presentation software.

3T4. 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:

3T4a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T4a1. Students will use print and online resources to identify significant issues for their
school, community, or beyond (e.g., making their school more energy efficient, cyber
bullying, reducing school trash and litter, hunger and poverty issues in their community).
· 3T4a2. Students will use technology to record the results of their investigations along with
relevant questions and analyze results (e.g., using ranking and sorting tools, visualization
tools) to clarify and focus the issue or problem.
3T4b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T4b1. Students will conceptualize, guide, and manage individual or group activities using
digital planning tools for completing a project or solving a problem (e.g., wikis,
age-appropriate project management software, learning management system, social
bookmarking tools).
3T4c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T4c1. Students will select and apply digital tools to collect, organize, and analyze data for
evaluating theories and testing hypotheses (e.g., cause and effect tools, spreadsheets,
graphs, and modeling and simulation tools).
3T4d. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T4d1. Students will apply digital tools and resources (e.g., online surveys, video interviews,
blogs, forums, wikis, webinars) to explore a topic from the perspective of multiple
stakeholders and propose more than one possible solution.

3T5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
3T5a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
With assistance:
· 3T5a1. Students will research, discuss, and apply safe, responsible, and legal use of
technology (e.g., privacy, security, copyright, file sharing, accessibility, plagiarism).
· 3T5a2. Students will use technology resources to convey the relevance of these issues to
other students and the public at large.
3T5b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
With assistance:
· 3T5b1. Students will select and apply technology resources and describe how these tools
improve their ability to communicate, collaborate, be productive, and achieve goals.
3T5c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
With assistance:
· 3T5c1. Students will describe how they select and use technology resources to pursue
their personal and academic learning projects outside of the classroom.
3T5d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T5d1. Identify and discuss the effects of existing and emerging technology on individuals, society, and the global community (e.g., access of “haves and have nots”; screentime on health and fitness, multitasking on attention and deeper comprehension; energy used by digital tools and effects on the environment).
· 3T5d2. Students will model positive digital behaviors.

3T6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
3T6a. Understand and use technology systems.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T6a1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic features of computer and
network interfaces and use them efficiently without assistance.
· 3T6a2. Students will explore and apply a variety of technology systems and resources (e.g.,
graphing calculators, smartphones, Internet-connected digital devices, digital cameras,
probes, eBooks, student response systems, electronic whiteboards) to complete learning
· 3T6a3. Students will apply basic technology-based thinking strategies (e.g., automated
search methods, storage and retrieval techniques, algorithmic thinking) to a variety of
3T6b. Select and use applications effectively and productively.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T6b1. Students will apply criteria for selecting an appropriate technology application for use
with a learning activity.
· 3T6b2. Students will use the selected application proficiently to complete the task and
discuss its efficiency and effectiveness.
3T6c. Troubleshoot systems and applications.
In small and large group settings:
· 3T6c1. Students will determine the source of common operational and network problems
(e.g., loss of connectivity, frozen screen, printing problems, reloading) and propose changes
in hardware, software, or network settings to solve them.
3T6d. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies
In small and large group settings:
· 3T6d1. Students will apply basic concepts and functions (e.g., multiple windows, editing
functions, navigational tools, help assistance) from previous learning to new technologies and