What are these Technology Application TEKS you speak of and how am I going to use them in my classroom?
That's a great question, and the answer for most of us is that we already incorporate these TEKS in our classrooms quite often without even realizing it. If you are using technology in your classrooms in any meaningful capacity, they you are most likely implementing the Technology Application TEKS and just need to notate them in your lesson plans.
Here's a breakdown of the TEKS from the TEA Website. We will also discuss possible ways to integrate technology into your classrooms to implement these TEKS.
The Technology Applications TEKSThe Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) found in 19 TAC Chapter 126 describe what students should know and be able to do using technology. These TEKS are to be used when providing instruction in Technology Applications. The goal of the Technology Applications TEKS is for students to gain technology-based knowledge and skills and to apply them to all curriculum areas at all grade levels. These TEKS are organized by grade clusters for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 with benchmarks at Grades 2, 5, and 8 and organized by courses at Grades 9-12. There are four common strands for Grades K-12: Foundations, Information Acquisition, Work in Solving Problems, and Communication.
Students gain basic skills such as inputting information, beginning touch keyboarding and becoming familiar with the computer. Using technology, students access information that can include text, audio, video, and graphics. They use computers and related technology to make presentations and prepare projects for foundation curriculum areas.
Students use proper keyboarding techniques and acquire information by selecting the most appropriate search strategies. Students use word processing, graphics, databases, spreadsheets, simulations, multimedia, and telecommunications. They solve problems and communicate information in various formats and to a variety of audiences and evaluate their results.
Students become fluent in using multiple software applications and applying them across the curriculum. They build on the Grades 3-5 knowledge and skills. The students continue to demonstrate keyboarding proficiency in technique and posture while building speed. The TEKS can be taught integrated into other areas (such as English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science), as a separate class, or both.
Students have a variety of options from the adopted courses which allow for growth, specialization, integration into other curriculum areas, and preparation for the technological world. The high school courses in Technology Applications, Chapter 126 include:
Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Desktop Publishing, Digital Graphics/Animation, Multimedia, Video Technology, Web Mastering, and Independent Study in Technology Applications.
Enrichment TEKS Required
RESEARCH AND INFORMATION FLUENCY
CRITICAL THINKING PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING
WEB 2.0 AND TECH APPS
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION SITES