8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment

Each year, 8th grade students throughout the state of Texas are required to take a Technology Literacy Assessment. the purpose is to assess students technology skills.  The state defines a technology literate student as a student who meets the requirements of the state's Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Topics that students will be tested over include:

  • Computer Hardware & Software Terms
  • Digital Citizenship (safety & responsibility)
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Database Searches
  • Multimedia Presentations
  • Internet:  Using Search Engines, Finding Reliable Information, Bookmarks
  • Graphics:  formats, resolution, use in documents
  • Blogs vs. Wikis

Students will prepare for the test through their 8th grade English class by Mr. Petersen, Campus Instructional Technologist the week of January 13.  The test will be administered the week of January 27, 2014.  Here's the schedule:

Monday, Jan. 27 - Mr. Bong
Tuesday, Jan. 28 - Mr. G. Garza
Wednesday, Jan. 29 - Mrs. Zambrano

Knowing technology vocabulary words and their definitions will help students prepare for the test.  Students may also go through the following interactive web pages to help prepare:

Computer Acronyms
Computer Commands
Software Program Terms
Files and Program Basics
Program Menus
Computer Formatting Skills
More Formatting Terms
World Wide Web
Blogs vs. Wikis

How will students figure out the right answers or how to do specific tasks?  By the following ways: 

  • Computer Literacy Course (6th Grade)
  • Past experience using computers & software applications
  • Using your head… look for the BEST answer
  • Look thru menu items
  • Try not to guess – skip and come back
  • Answer every question

We encourage students to get a good night's sleep the night before the test.  Here's the schedule of when students test:

Monday, January 27 - Mr. Bong's classes
Tuesday, January 28 - Mr. G. Garza's classes, Mrs. Rodriguez' 4th period class
Wednesday, January 29 - Mrs. Zambrano's 8th grade English classes

If you have any questions, please e-mail the C.I.T. at john.petersen@nisd.net.