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III. ACTION PLAN:    A. Technology Access    B. ICT Literacy    C. Professional Development    D. Community Involvement     [Data]

ICT Literacy Toolkit
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1. Standards
2. Research
3. Case Studies
4. ePortfolio Support
5. Presentations
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Requirements & Trends

New Hampshire Standards  
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Federal Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology manages the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program (Title II Part D), a program created with the enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Title II Part D requires that every student should be technology literate by the time they finish the 8th grade.

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State Requirements

All of the New Hampshire School Minimum Standards were updated and became effective on July 1, 2005. New Hampshire School Minimum Standards include a section for ICT Literacy (Ed 306.42) which require students to complete at least 1/2 credit of computer technology literacy prior to high school graduation. These standards are were revised and updated to better reflect current understanding of 21st century literacies. The NH Department of Education released a Technical Advisory #2 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to provide answers to frequently asked questions.

These standards are part of Administrative Rules for Education, CHAPTER Ed 300 ADMINISTRATION OF MINIMUM STANDARDS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. You may also wish to read more about the school approval process. 

GLE Reading & Literacy Skills Alignment - This document was created in July 2006 by a task force of library media specialists who reviewed three separate documents and came up with an alignment of all three: Grade Level Expectations for Reading K-8, Information Literacy Standards from AASL, and the NH ICT Literacy Standards from Ed 306.42.

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Trends in Addressing the New Literacies

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school. There is a “Route 21” interactive resource with a collection of web based tools to support ICT literacy. See the 21st century skills website for the MILE Guide, which districts can use to determine their capacity to teach to 21st century literacies.

The ICT Digital Literacy Portal is the "public face" of a fast growing international movement focused on promoting  Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Digital Literacy.  The website provides a rich global resource and collaborative environment for dissemination of ICT Literacy materials, interactive discussions, research information, and international dialogue.

The National Academy of Engineering completed several projects on Technological Literacy helping to define what it is, why it's important, and what's being done to improve it.

Knowledge Network Explorer’s 21st Century Literacies is a site sponsored by ATT Pacific Bell. The focus is the combination of information, media, multicultural, and visual literacies. There are lesson plans, bibliography and more.

Project New Media Literacies from the Annenberg School of Communication & Jounalism identifies the kinds of participatory practices youth are engaged in today, and draws up a provisionary list of the skills these practices demonstrate.

The Education section of Common Sense Media contains free tools and curricula to teach your students about becoming responsible digital citizens.

Ed 306.42 Information and Communication Technologies Program.

(a) The local school board shall require an integrated approach to the use of 21st century tools, including, but not limited to digital technology and communication tools, within all curriculum areas through the adoption of an information and communication technologies literacy (ICT) program in grades K - 12 that provides opportunities at developmentally appropriate levels for students to:

(1) Develop knowledge of ethical, responsible use of technology tools in a society that relies heavily on knowledge of information in its decision-making;

(2) Become proficient in the use of 21st century tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information within the context of the core subjects of:

a. Reading ;
b. Mathematics;

c. English and language arts;
d. Science;
e. Social studies, including civics, government, economics, history, and geography;
f. Arts; and

g. World languages;

(3) Use 21st century tools to develop cognitive proficiency in:

a. Literacy;
b. Numeracy;
c. Problem solving;
d. Decision making; and
e. Spatial / visual literacy;

(4) Use 21st century tools to develop technical proficiency at a foundational knowledge level in:

a. Hardware;
b. Software applications;
c. Networks; and
d. Elements of digital technology; and

(5) Create digital portfolios which:

a. Address the following components:
(**see note)

1.  Basic operations and concepts;
2.  Social, ethical, and human issues;
3.  Technology productivity tools;
4.  Technology communications tools;
5.  Technology research tools; and
6.  Technology problem solving and decision-making tools;

b. Represent proficient, ethical, responsible use of 21st century tools within the context of the core subjects; and

c. Include, at a minimum, such digital artifacts as:

1. Standardized tests;
2. Observation;
3. Student work; and
4. Comments describing a student’s reflection on his/her work.

(b) The local school board shall provide opportunities for students to demonstrate ICT competency by the end of 8th grade using assessment rubrics applied to the contents of digital portfolios as required in (a)(5) above. Students who successfully demonstrate knowledge, skill, and understanding of these competencies shall have the opportunity, as high school students, to take a higher level computer course to meet the ½ credit requirement.

(c) The local school board shall provide opportunities for students to complete a ½ credit ICT course prior to high school graduation, including, but not limited to:

(1) Use of common productivity and web based software;
(2) Use of a variety of multimedia software and equipment;
(3) Configuring computers and basic network configurations; and
(4) Applying programming concepts used in software development.

** Note: The International Society for Technology in Education developed the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age. They are widely recognized and adopted worldwide. The family of NETS—NETS for Students (NETS-S), NETS for Teachers (NETS-T), NETS for Administrators (NETS-A), NETS for Coaches (NETS-C), and NETS for Computer Science Teachers (NETS-CSE) work together to transform education.
These NH standards were approved prior to the revision of the current National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S). Schools are advised to use the current ISTE NETS-S when implementing these standards. The old and new NETS-S are aligned as follows:

NETS-S Alignment
1.  Basic operations and concepts

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
2.  Social, ethical, and human issues 5. Digital Citizenship
3.  Technology productivity tools 1. Creativity and Innovation
4.  Technology communications tools 2. Communication and Collaboration
5.  Technology research tools 3. Research and Information Fluency
6.  Technology problem solving and decision-making tools 4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making


Last update:   June 22, 2008