Teaching the Skills that Matter – Digital Literacy in a time of Distance Learning

Session 5: 8:30–10:00 AM, Zoom Room 4

Abstract

CALPRO is excited to share The Teaching the Skills That Matter project’s high-quality materials on digital literacy. The TSTM in Adult Education project is a professional development initiative of OCTAE, focusing on improving instruction to build the skills that adult learners need to meet the demands of critical domains within their lives. Conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the project has identified, developed, and deployed high-quality, evidence-based training and materials to integrate transferable skills development in the topic areas of civics education, digital literacy, health literacy, financial literacy, and workforce preparation. Digital Literacy is much more than proficiency with discrete computer skills, but is also the recognition of these skills’ relevance in specific contexts and one’s ability to creatively apply them. Successful functioning in digital spaces and with digital media requires a plurality of proficiencies, including: Basic Computer Skills, Network Literacy, Digital Problem Solving, Information Literacy, and Media Literacy. The role of the teacher is two-fold with respect to digital literacy: to ensure that learners have foundational computer skills, and to provide ample scaffolded opportunities to use them in learning. In this way, teachers can not only support the achievement of academic content goals but also can support students’ resilience, better preparing learners to nimbly and fluently use technologies.

Presenters

Katie Neginskiy

CALPRO

Marcela Movit

CALPRO

Type of Presentation

Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)

Audience

Teachers

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • Career Technical Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • All

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment