Rubric for Integrating Technology

Assessing the Integration of Technology and 21st Century Skills Rubric

Skills Entry – 1 Developing – 2 Approaching – 3 Ideal/Target – 4
Critical Thinking Teacher’s lessons lack real world connections.   Students are not urged to think analytically or solve problems independently. Teacher offers direct instruction on problem solving skills.

Students are only given opportunities to solve basic problems.

PBL’s, open-ended questions, and higher order thinking skills are incorporated into lessons.

Teacher helps students find resources to use to help with problem solving

Teacher’s lessons offer real world opportunities.

Students are given autonomy to ask open-ended questions and discover solutions independently.

Teacher incorporates a variety of activities for students to choose from.

Communication Most instruction is done by lecture or direct instruction

Thoughts and ideas are often expressed in the same form. The purpose of the communication is mostly to inform.

Teacher creates opportunities for students to communicate using a variety of techniques and in a collaborative setting. Some integration of multimedia and technology to aid communication. Teacher models effective communication.

Communication skills are used in a variety of forms and contexts.

Students are encouraged to use communication for a range of purposes such as with audiences within and beyond the classroom. Students frequently collaborate to create products and with the use of multimedia and technology.

Teacher articulates thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication.

Communication is given in a variety of forms and contexts.

Effectively uses communication in a range of purposes. Much more use of multimedia and technology.



Collaboration Teacher primarily uses traditional instructional (lecture, whole-group, teacher-driven)methods but does provide some independent learning experiences. Teacher creates opportunities for students to work in groups on projects – mostly teacher directed. Work is typically done in familiar teams. Teacher provides opportunities for students to work in diverse teams.

Teacher teaches students to have flexibility and how to adhere to compromises necessary to accomplish a goal.   Students have opportunities to work with minimal adult guidance.

Teacher provides opportunities for students to take on leadership roles in a collaborative setting. Teacher provides opportunities for students to make connections outside of the classroom.
Creativity Teacher’s lessons are limited to specific content.   Teacher activates students’ background knowledge. Teacher provides instruction that accommodates a variety of learning styles but limits student contributions to teacher directed questions.


Teacher’s instruction becomes more student-centered.

Teacher allows opportunities for students to show collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills.

Teacher encourages students to use creative approaches to problem solving. Teacher offers students the ability to access information through many different avenues.

Teacher creates and plans for student-centered activities and experiences on a daily basis. Teacher provides students with the opportunity to use data and self-reflect on their learning as well as set goals for themselves. Teacher provides constructive feedback on a continuous basis.
Use of Technology Lessons involve students having minimal use of technology.


Technology tools used by students during the lesson were not appropriate for the grade or subject. The technology used provides minimal support of the learning objectives.


Teacher’s lessons incorporate the use of appropriate technology-based tools to support learner-centered activities/strategies.


Teacher created opportunities for students to use appropriate technology tools in meaningful and inquiry-based ways.

Students are encouraged to take on the role of explorer, apprentice, teacher and/or producer.

Teacher takes on the role of facilitator

Adapted and Modified from Hanover County Public Schools and DoDEA21 by Holly Taylor


Jul 2017

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