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The 6 tech skills expected of all incoming freshmen - six

In 2005, I outlined five skills classroom teachers should expect all incoming high school freshman to have mastered. Eight years ago. Time for an update. I'll look at each skill, one per day, and add a 6th skill area - Managing one's online presence. Each skill is accompanied by a set of expectations, a performance task, and an evaluation checklist. Changes to the 2005 document are in bold. This skill, number 6, is entirely new.

Managing one's online presence


I am mindful that my actions and communications when using online resources will have a lasting impact on both my personal and professional reputation. I share personal information only with known and trustworthy individuals and organizations. I can articulate a personal code of conduct for my online actitivities. 
  1. I understand and adjust the settings of my social networking sites, including Facebook.
  2. I respect the privacy of others by limiting the photographs and other information I post to public sites.
  3. I can define bullying, understand its potential impact on others, and know what to do if I am bullied.
  4. I know only to share personal data (phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, etc.) with trusted sources. I understand what spam and spoofing are.
  5. I can articulate how what I post online may have both postiive and negative long-term effects on my education, career and personal life.
Submit a one page paper in which you reflect on the places you now have an online presence and the personal guidelines you follow when deciding to post to public online sites. Descibe how you are (or might) create an online portfoilio of your creative work.

Assessment checklist
  • Your name, your teacher’s name, class name and hour on the paper.
  • A clear and complete list of public sites where you may have personal information.
  • A specific list of personal guidelines you use when deciding to post online.
  • A clear and specific plan, including tools used, to create an online portfolio of work.


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Reader Comments (2)

Doug - I did a quick search but didn't find a similar article(s) for what tech skills teachers are expected to have (when they are hired, for instance). I didn't find anything. Have you put your thoughts together on this topic in one place? Joyce Valenza did a great article on what librarians should know some time back

When you think about it I assume every teacher should know all of the student skills -- plus.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFloyd Pentlin

Hi Floyd,

Check this link:

The beginning rubrics were updated not long ago. If that's not what you are looking for let me know. I may be a little slow responding since I am traveling to China tomorrow morning - weather permitting!


March 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

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