Frequently Asked Questions for Technology

Standards and Model Curriculum

Technology Seal


Standards and Model Curriculum

    How were Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Technology developed?
    Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Technology were developed through a careful process that incorporated best practices, the expertise of many Ohio educators and the varied perspectives of Ohio residents. This document provides a detailed description of the process used to develop these materials. 

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    Are school districts required to implement Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Technology?
    The standards and model curriculum are not mandated for use. Section 3301.079 of the Ohio Revised Code states that “All school districts, community schools, and STEM schools may utilize the state standards and the model curriculum established by the state board, together with other relevant resources, examples, or models to ensure that students have the opportunity to attain the academic standards. Upon request, the department shall provide technical assistance to any district, community school, or STEM school in implementing the model curriculum.”

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    What supports are available to help implement Ohio's Learning Standards for Technology?
    • The model curriculum offers local educators in-depth guidance about Ohio’s Learning Standards. It connects standards to instruction, providing clarity to the standards as well as information to assist educators in planning and implementing their local curriculum. The model curriculum helps educators build their own local curriculums or road maps to get students to the desired destinations of targeted knowledge and skills.
    • The Department will add instructional supports as they are identified and developed, after careful vetting and review. Instructional supports will offer instructional strategies and resources that target specific content statements. These supports will include descriptive examples of instructional strategies. Supports will also identify connections to other content statements in technology, across content areas and to careers to help teachers plan instruction and incorporate technology content into their curricula. Other supports woven throughout will include descriptions of common misconceptions and ways to structure technology experiences that are equitable and accessible to all students.

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    What does Ohio's Model Curriculum for Technology include?
    Ohio's Model Curriculum for Technology includes the following components:
    • Expectations for Learning provide guidance on what students should be able to know and demonstrate.   

    • The Content Elaborations include statements that help clarify the content statements to make them more easily understood and taught.  

    • Career Connections are woven within the model curriculum to provide teachers with examples of how to begin drawing connections to careers for students. 

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    Are there professional learning opportunities available for implementing Ohio's Learning Standards for Technology?
    • Professional learning addressing Ohio's Learning Standards for Technology can be found on the Learning Management System (LMS) for Ohio Education. The facilitated LMS course Implementing Ohio's Technology Learning Standards is offered at different points during the year. Additional courses are in the process of being developed to support implementation of the Technology Learning Standards.  
    • The Department in collaboration with various professional organizations across the state offers virtual meetups. The purpose of the meetups is to support educators and provide a platform to network, share and gain new skills or strategies to help students succeed. Please visit the Virtual Meetups for Content Area Educators webpage for a list of scheduled meetups and topics.

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Technology Seal

    What courses can students take to earn the Technology Seal?
    To earn Ohio’s Technology Seal, students must satisfy at least one of the requirements below:

    1. Earn a score equivalent to proficient on an appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test; or
    2. Earn a “B” or higher in an appropriate College Credit Plus technology course; or
    3. Complete a technology course that meets criteria established by the Ohio Department of Education

    For detailed information about each of these options, please see Ohio's Graduation Requirements - Long-term Requirements 2023 and Beyond. (Scroll to page 20.)

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