Nevada Computer and Technology Education Standards

Introduction (March 2000)


The Nevada Legislature has recognized the importance of computer and technology education in SB 466, Section 8. NAC 389.688 requires a minimum of a one semester (1/2 credit) computer course for graduation.

Technology is the application of resources and knowledge to solve problems and meet human needs. Technology includes, but is not limited to, the use of computers. Society needs people adept at using technology. Advances in technology affect all of earth’s living and nonliving systems. It is vital that students understand the interrelationships of technology, the environment and human activity. We should incorporate technology as students develop critical thinking skills and strategies in their classrooms. Understanding that students learn in different ways, we can help them use technology as a means to apply academics within a real-world context. Society needs individuals who are literate in technology and possess the skills that enable them to participate in a high-performance work force that adapts readily to constantly changing technology.


Middle School

Technological learning and computer skill acquisition, with an emphasis on applied problem solving, continues the pathway between elementary and high school. The integration of computer and technology skills will provide an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in real-world applications throughout the curriculum. Hands-on activities reinforce and extend student understanding and retention. Teachers emphasize the role technology plays in our day-to-day lives and the impact it has on individuals, societies and the environment. Technology enhances project-based learning and is designed to facilitate individual interests and learning styles. Experts continue to emphasize the need for technologically literate individuals. Exposure to the various areas of technology leads to informed career choices.



Content Standard 1.0: Students will utilize problem-solving processes through

the use of resources to reach a desired outcome.




*      Differentiate design/problem-solving methods and components of technology using accurate terminology.





*      Select and evaluate appropriate designs requiring optimization and making trade-offs.





*      Select and apply a design/problem-solving method to reach a desired outcome.



Productivity Tools

Content Standard 2.0: Students use appropriate productivity tools including,

but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheet, database, multimedia and telecommunications.




*      Demonstrate proficiency and accuracy in keyboarding skills.



(Word Processing)

*      Create a document using advanced formatting techniques that demonstrate the ability to import a graphic, type, edit, and print.




*      Create a database, define fields, enter data for multiple records, and print reports based on sort and query.




*      Generate a spreadsheet including labels, values, formulas, and functions; create a chart to visually represent data.   Print a spreadsheet showing formulas.





*      Create a multi-page multimedia presentation using text, graphics, and sound to effectively communicate a concept.



(File Management)


*      Organize files on a computer disk, drive, server, or other storage device.

(Connectivity, Electronic Devices,  and Distance Learning,)

*      Explain the advantages of connectivity with various systems to share information and resources.


*      Employ the use of electronic communication.


Research Tools

Content Standard 3.0: Students use various technology tools to research information and evaluate its accuracy and appropriateness in order to solve problems and make decisions.



(Define a Problem)

*      Select a research topic or a statement of a problem identifying its elements, its scope, and the expected outcomes using technology tools.



(Keywords and Sources)

*      Generate a list of keywords for a research topic or problem and conduct a search of electronic-based sources.



(Information Links)

*      Select and evaluate information from a variety of remote resources for a research topic or problem exploring hyperlinks.




*      Use an organizational format to arrange information for presentation or decision-making.



*      Check collected information for reliability, authenticity, and timeliness, citing sources of copyrighted materials in papers, projects, and multi-media presentations.




*      Generate a bibliography.


Tools and Processes

Content Standard 4.0: Students will identify, apply concepts, and manage various tools and resources to evaluate their accuracy and appropriateness in solving problems and making decisions.




*      Explain how technology skills and tools enhance productivity in creating projects, building prototypes and modeling. (e.g., measuring, shaping, forming and fastening materials)




*      Use tools, instrumentation, equipment, materials, and processes to make designs, simulations, and prototypes.




*      Compare and contrast the safe use of technology tools, hand and power tools, processes, and materials in diverse computer and technology applications.




*      Demonstrate an understanding of the operation and maintenance of technology tools such as hand tools, power tools, lasers, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, hardware, software, CNC machines, computers, robotics, and fiber optics.




Content Standard 5.0: Students will recognize that systems are made up of individual components and that each component affects the operation of the system and its relationship with other systems.




*      Interpret resources that are essential and those that must be used effectively to produce a desired outcome, and output from one system may be input to another system.





*      Differentiate among various systems, explain capabilities and limitations, and identify the ways in which they are controlled to produce a desired outcome (e.g., limitations of the components of a computer system).




*      Use a system to achieve a desired outcome in the areas of construction, communication, manufacturing, energy, power, transportation, and biotechnology.



Implications on Society

Content Standard 6.0: Students will evaluate the impact and ethical implications on individuals, society and the environment.



(Knowledge and Ethics)


*      Practice legal and ethical behaviors when using information and technology.  Discuss the consequences of misuse on society and the environment.



(Application and Electronic Communication)

*      Evaluate the effect technology has on society and the environment.





*      Examine the role of technology in the workplace and explore careers that use technology.



(Societal Impacts)

*      Explain how people can control the technologies they develop and use, and why people are responsible for the effects these have on society, the environment and careers.



Developed by: Marian Nelson, Aug. 2004, PCSD

This site was created and intended for educational use only.  Last update: Aug. 29, 2004.