Profile for Technology and Information Literate Students

Grades 6–8 (Ages 11–14)


Any successful technology and information literate student will be an independent learner who reads, views, listens and collaborates for pleasure, personal growth and to make connections with oneself and the world.


The following experiences with technology and digital resources are examples of learning activities in which students might engage during Grades 6–8 (ages 11–14):

  1. Describe and illustrate a content-related concept or process using a model, simulation, or other software best suited to the purpose and audience. (3, 4)
  2. Create and present original media (e.g. presentations, animations and/or videos) documenting global, community, school, or local events. (3, 4)
  3. Gather data, examine patterns, and apply information for decision making using digital tools and resources. (1, 2) Examples: 7 Geography Running Analysis
  4. Participate in a cooperative learning project in an online learning community. (5)
  5. Evaluate digital resources to determine the credibility of the author and publisher and the timeliness and accuracy of the content. (1) 8-Spanish
  6. Employ data-collection technology such as probes, handheld devices, and geographic mapping systems to gather, view, analyze, and report results for content-related problems. (1, 2)
  7. Select and use the appropriate tools and digital resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and to solve problems. (2) Example:ELL Audiobooks
  8. Use collaborative electronic authoring tools to explore common curriculum content from multicultural perspectives with other learners. (1, 2, 5, 6)
  9. Integrate a variety of file types to create and illustrate a document or presentation. (4)

The numbers in parentheses after each item identify the standards most closely linked to the activity described. Each activity may relate to one indicator, to multiple indicators, or to the overall standards referenced.

The categories within the TAIL Standards are:
  • Standards 1 & 2: Effective Learners
  • Standards 3 & 4: Effective Communicators and Creators
  • Standards 5 & 6: Effective Collaborators