Thursday, July 24, 2014

Digital Literacy Program Pilot

Ensuring our students have a baseline knowledge of the technology they have daily access to is an ongoing priority, thus the District is piloting a Digital Literacy program with the 2014-2015 freshman. The program is a one semester, self-paced, blended learning series with students receiving face-to-face support in their Freshman Study Hall.

Here is the information the incoming freshmen will receive with their Chromebooks:

Digital Literacy Program

This  program is designed to provide students (you) with a basic level of competence to use a computer and its applications for learning. Here are some things you should know.

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A device have been issued to you in accordance with Board’s Goal:  To engage students in Anywhere/Anytime learning by providing laptop computers to expand their learning opportunities.
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The content of the program is aligned to the ISTE Standards for Students:
The standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.
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The content is delivered through Moodle, District 219’s online Learning Management System in a Blended Learning Environment, Freshman Study Halls.
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The tutorials and assessments have been developed through a partnership between District 219 and Atomic Learning, a video tutorial subscription service that all D219 students and employees have access.
A recommendation will be made in 2014 that satisfactory completion of this Digital Literacy program will become a graduation requirement.

The Program’s Structure

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In order to successfully complete the program, you must:
  • Receive a score of 85% or greater on the pre-assessment. (YOU'RE DONE)
  • Complete the unit projects and the final assessment in the blended learning program with a score of 60% or better.
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The blended learning program consists of a pre-assessment, five units, three projects, and a final assessment. Units: include lessons, followed by formative assessments, and a project (Word Processing, Presentations, and Spreadsheets).
A series of brief videos and questions to help you check for understanding will be presented, providing you with the information necessary to complete the unit project and pass the final assessment.
Projects are designed to reinforce the content that was covered in the unit and demonstrate your understanding of the material.
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A program facilitator will be available for face-to-face support in your study hall. You can also get help by stopping by the AAL Help Desk in your Building (North Room 1500 or West Room 2150).

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