Smarter Balanced Tech Skills

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Tech Skills

Click here to take the Practice Smarter Balanced Test, then click SIGN IN and navigate through login screens. Please note that the Practice Test allows students to familiarize themselves with the content of the test, while the Training Test allows students to practice navigating and using the technology found in the test.

There are several technology skills necessary to be successful on the Smarter Balanced (CCSS) testing for students. To understand the fundamental technology operational skills needed to complete the Smarter Balanced, please review:

Smarter Balanced: Tech Skills Checklist

The Technology Department has designed several lessons focused on fostering these fundamental technology operational skills needed to be successful on the SBAC testing. We have divided these skills into for general topics::

  • Keyboarding
  • Mouse Skills
  • Navigation
  • Drag & Drop

Lesson Suggestions

Below you will find directions for implementing lessons to support students as they practice and demonstrate technology skills needed to be successful on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Each CCSS Tech Skills lesson should be 20 minutes in length (K-2) and 30 minutes in length for (3-6) for an additional 10 minutes for keyboarding practice Use the Lesson Suggestions links to manage each lesson and focus on ONE tech skill per lesson (beginning in 3rd grade, teachers can focus on one skill plus typing)
Each lesson includes:
  • Modeling tech skill to large group
  • Reviewing guiding questions for each lesson
  • Independent practice for each skill*
  • Checking for understanding
    * Whenever possible lesson activities are aligned with ELA and/or Math CCSS