Information and Communications Technology Integration Performance Standards
of the Information and Communications Technology Integration Performance Standards,
Grades 5 to 10
The Information and Communications Technology Integration Performance Standards,
Grades 5 to 10 (ICTI), are intended to support teachers and students as they
use technology to enhance learning across the curriculum. The ICTI Performance
Standards provide a context within which teachers, students, and parents can
examine a range of authentic learning tasks that are supported by the use of
information and communications technology processes, tools, and techniques in
their schools. The 24 tasks support a range
of grades and subject areas. Additional tasks and student
samples will be provided when available.
The ICTI Performance Standards set out more than just how the technology is
used. They describe also the processes, tools, and techniques that will make
the learning come alive for students. Evaluation of student learning needs to
be approached holistically and the rating scale for the ICTI Performance Standards
will comprise only one component of the overall evaluation.
Using ICTI Performance Standards
The ICTI Performance Standards have been developed with a single set of descriptors
for grades 5 to 10, since student use of technology to support learning is not
grade or age dependent.
The ICTI Performance Standards are intended to complement existing curricula
and assessment materials developed by the Ministry of Education, including the
other BC Performance Standards. It is understood
that the standards will be used as a resource to support ongoing instruction
and assessment in all subject areas.
In order to implement the ICTI Performance Standards, teachers need only to
access products that are currently available in their schools. This includes
products such as integrated word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation
software packages, an Internet browser, tools that facilitate webbing and mind
mapping, and tools that support simulation.
The ICTI Performance Standards have been developed for voluntary use in BC
schools. The standards are based on the professional judgments of a significant
number of BC educators and describe expectations for the integration of information
and communications technology across the curriculum.
Information and Communications Technology Integration (ICTI)
Effective integration of ICT occurs when
it is built into day-to-day classroom practice to meet curriculum objectives
and engage students in inquiry-based learning, collaboration, self-directed
learning, complex thinking, and communication outside the classroom through
the use of technology. Using ICTI in this way allows students to become explorers,
researchers, and producers of knowledge useful to others.
The integration of technology into the classroom provides teachers another
means through which student development in each of the essential skill areas
such as reading, writing, mathematical development, communication skills, and
problem solving can be achieved and assessed.
Information and Communications Technology is an essential component of schooling
today. In our knowledge-based society, ICT is ubiquitous. Growing dependence
on technology in all aspects of society emphasizes the importance of ensuring
that students develop information literacy skills and understandings they need
to live and work in an ever-changing environment.