Mankatho Staff IT Competency Scale
as adapted by Bellingham Public Schools District
Staff Use of Technology
1999-2000 Self-Evaluation Rubrics
Please judge your level of achievement in each of the following competencies. Circle the number which best reflects your current level of skill attainment. (Be honest, but be kind.) This tool is designed to help understand your current level of skills with computer technologies and to plan for professional development.
___ Level 1 I do not use a computer.
___ Level 2 I use the computer to run a few specific, pre-loaded programs.
___ Level 3 I run two programs simultaneously, and have several windows open at the same time.
___ Level 4I trouble-shoot successfully when basic problems with my computer or printer occur. I learn new programs on my own. I teach others basic operations to my students.
2. File Management
___ Level 1 I do not save any documents I create using the computer.
___ Level 2 I select, open and save documents on different drives.
___ Level 3 I create my own folders to keep my files organized and understand the importance of a back-up system.
___ Level 4 I move files between folders and drives, and I maintain my network storage size within acceptable limits. I teach students how to save and organize their files.
3. Word Processing
___ Level 1 I do not use a word processing program.
___ Level 2 I occasionally use a word processing program for simple documents. I generally find it easier to hand write most written work I do.
___ Level 3 I use a word processing program for nearly all my written professional work: memos, tests, worksheets, and home communication. I edit, spell-check, and change the format of a document
___ Level 4 I teach students to use word processing programs for their written communication.
4. Spreadsheet Use
___ Level 1 I do not use a spreadsheet.
___ Level 2 I understand the use of a spreadsheet and can navigate within one. I create simple spreadsheets and charts.
___ Level 3 I use spreadsheets for a variety of record-keeping tasks. I use labels, formulas, cell references and formatting tools in my spreadsheets. I choose charts which best represent my data.
___ Level 4 I teach students to use spreadsheets to improve their own data keeping and analysis skills.
5. Database Use
___ Level 1 I do not use a database.
___ Level 2 - I understand the use of a database and locate information from a pre-made database such as Library Search.
___ Level 3 I create my own databases. I define the fields and choose a layout to organize information I have gathered. I use my database to answer questions about my information.
___ Level 4 I teach students to create and use databases to organize and analyze data.
6. Graphics Use
___ Level 1 I do not use graphics in my word processing or presentations.
___ Level 2 I open, create, and place simple pictures into documents using drawing programs or clipart.
___ Level 3 I edit and create graphics, placing them into documents in order to help clarify or amplify my message.
___ Level 4 I promote student interpretation and display of visual data using a variety of tools and programs.
7. Internet Use
___ Level 1 I do not use the Internet.
___ Level 2 I access school and district websites to find information. I follow links from these sites to various Internet resources.
___ Level 3 I use lists of Internet resources and make profitable use of Web search engines to explore educational resources.
___ Level 4 I contribute to my school or district Web sites. I teach students how to effectively use the resources available on the Internet.
8. Telecommunications Use (E-Mail)
___ Level 1 I have an e-mail account but I rarely use it.
___ Level 2 I send messages using e-mail - mostly to district colleagues, friends, and family. I check my e-mail account on a regular basis and maintain my mail folders in an organized manner.
___ Level 3 I incorporate e-mail use into classroom activities. I use e-mail to access information from outside sources.
___ Level 4 I involve my students in using e-mail to communicate with other students and various kinds of experts from other states and nations.
9. Ethical Use Understanding
___ Level 1 I am not aware of any ethical issues surrounding computer use.
___ Level 2 I know that some copyright restrictions apply to computer software.
___ Level 3 I understand district rules concerning student and adult use of e-mail and Internet. I know the programs for which the district or my building holds a site license. I understand the school board policy on the use of copyrighted materials.
___ Level 4 I model ethical usage of all software and let my students know my personal stand on this issue.
10. Information Searching
___ Level 1 I am unlikely to seek information when it is in electronic formats.
___ Level 2 I conduct simple searches with the electronic encyclopedia and library software for major topics.
___ Level 3 I have learned how to use a variety of search strategies on several information programs, including the use of Boolean (and, or, not) searches to help target the search.
___ Level 4 I have incorporated logical search strategies into my work with students, showing them the power of such searches with various electronic sources to locate information which relates to their questions.
11. Video Production
___ Level 1 I do not use a video camera.
___ Level 2 I create original video tapes for home or school projects.
___ Level 3 I create original video tapes using editing equipment .
___ Level 4 I use computer programs to edit video tape presentations and I teach
my students to create and edit video tapes.
12. Presentation Skills
___ Level 1 I do not use computer presentation programs.
___ Level 2 I present my information to classes or groups in a single application program such as a word processor, a spreadsheet, or a publishing program.
___ Level 3 I present my information and teach my class using presentation programs such as Powerpoint or SuperLink, incorporating various multimedia elements such as sound, video clips, and graphics .
___ Level 4 I teach my students how to use presentation software. I facilitate my students use of a variety of applications to persuasively present their research concerning a problem or area of focus in their learning.
13. Technology Integration
___ Level 1 I do not blend the use of computer-based technologies into my classroom learning activities.
___ Level 2 I understand the district technology plan supports integration of technology into classroom activities, but I am still learning about what strategies will work and how to do it. I accept student work produced electronically, but do not require it.
___ Level 3 From time to time, I encourage my students to employ computer-based technologies to support the communicating, data analysis and problem solving outlined in the district technology plan.
___ Level 4 I frequently model and teach my students to employ computer-based technologies for communication, data analysis, and problem-solving as outlined in the district technology plan.
This form was developed by the library media specialists and teachers of the Bellingham Public Schools who based it upon the Mankato Scale first developed by the Mankato (Minnesota) Public Schools to measure the growth of student technology skills.
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