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SBEC Technology Application Standards for Teachers

Instructor: Jessica Keys
In Texas, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) has developed a set of educational standards to ensure technological literacy for all licensed educators and their students. Learn more about these standards and how they are assessed.

Teaching in Texas: The Lone STaR State

The SBEC Technology and Application Standards are a major component of the Texas Education Agency's STaR Charts. Every Texas-certified teacher or librarian must fill out a STaR (School Technology and Readiness) Chart, a diagnostic designed to assess state compliance with the technology requirements mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act (Title II, Part D), as well as any additional state requirements.

The STaR Chart determines not only how the educator works technological concepts into the curriculum, but also things like student progress, classroom infrastructure and the educator's own professional training. Information from these charts is then used for planning curriculum goals and allocating funding, among other things.

Technology Application Standards

Progressive proficiency in the first five SBEC Technology Application Standards for Teachers is an important part of the STaR Chart's Educator Preparation & Development section. These five standards are described in the chart below and are the same for all teachers (EC to 12). Also listed on the chart are a few examples of the skills demonstrated at each standard level.

Standard Level Key Concepts
I. Usage of tech-related terms and concepts; strategic data input; informed and ethical decisions about technology and its application.
Teachers can select the best software for a task, demonstrate familiarity with operating systems, understand common Internet-related terms and use input devices like a keyboard, mouse, digital camera, scanner and printer. They are familiar with current tech-related laws (e.g. copyright, plagiarism, piracy laws) and they understand the impact of technology on today's workplace.
II. Strategic information searching; acquiring and evaluating electronic information with current technology; identifying the requirements for a task.
Teachers know how to get the most out of a search engine, employing booleans and other strategies. They are also capable of creating files, such as documents, images and videos. They use their knowledge of data sourcing and checking to resolve conflicts and validate information.
III. Problem-solving with technology: using the right tools for the task, to develop solutions and evaluate the results.
Teachers create and edit their own word processing documents, as well as spreadsheets and databases. They also show proficiency in other applications, such as multimedia suites, and they are able to integrate these applications (e.g. adding images to a document). They also participate in electronic communities and use collaborative software.
IV. Communicating information for diverse audiences and in alternate formats.
Teachers can create presentation materials for an audience, such as posters, slide-shows and brochures. They also publish information in different media formats, including printed copy, internet video and a monitor display. They demonstrate advanced knowledge of productivity software, with mindful usage of font, layout, chart choice and other design elements. They also use project management tools, such as database managers, to evaluate other projects and track trends.
V. Integrating material from the Technology Applications TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) into a student curriculum; planning, delivering and evaluating a curriculum for all students that includes current technology.
Teachers employ strategies for teaching Technology Applications TEKS material, with regard to available resources and time. They work with the diverse strengths and needs of their students and consider issues related to gender, ethnicity and disability when implementing technology into the curriculum. In the classroom, students are encouraged to use technology for problem-solving and team-based activities. Teachers also use technology to keep track of grades, attendance and other daily tasks.

Further Standards

Whereas the first five standards apply to all teachers, standards VI to XI apply to more specialized teaching roles. They exist to ensure that the teacher has the appropriate caliber of skill and knowledge to teach required material in the Technology Applications TEKS for the listed subject:

  • Standard VI. - Computer Science
  • Standard VII. - Desktop Publishing
  • Standard VIII. - Digital Graphics/Animation
  • Standard IX. - Multimedia
  • Standard X. - Video Technology
  • Standard XI. - Web Mastering

For more information about the specific goals of these standards, or about the SBEC Technology Application Standards for Teachers in general, please visit the Texas Education Agency at tea.texas.gov.

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