The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) publication, as its standard. This publication, National Education Technology Standards for Students – Connecting Curriculum and Technology should be used in conjunction with the standards for grades Kindergarten through Grade 8 as a resource. The ISTE web site is The skills presented were derived from Microsoft© MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist) certification requirements and ISTE standards. The skills are listed by grade and application.

Technology Foundation Standards for Students

1. Basic operations and concepts • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems. • Students are proficient in the use of technology.

2. Social, ethical, and human issues • Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology. • Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software. • Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

3. Technology productivity tools • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.

4. Technology communications tools • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences. • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

5. Technology research tools • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. • Students use technology tools to process data and report results. • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools • Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions. • Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.

Technology Standards