– Will Richardson, Becoming Network Wise
Wouldn’t it be great if you could send away for a magic toolkit that could help your child develop key 21st century skills to succeed in a global, information-based society such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Here at Tech Soup, our goal is to do just that, provide you information and resources to help your child thrive in the digital age.
As 45 out of 50 states begin preparing for Common Core online testing in 2014-15, it is important that we as parents begin supplementing our children’s education with resources to hone their digital literacy skills and lay the foundation for a well round 21st century citizen.
But what are “digital literacy” skills? Below is a list to get you started (cited from www.learning.com digital literacy overview).
- Fundamental computer skills: Introductory computer vocabulary, computer hardware devices, mouse basics, using the computer desktop, windows and menus of common software programs, and basic web browsing skills in order to take the test online.
- Keyboarding and word processing: Keyboarding and word processing basics, how to format text, use proofing tools, and edit and revise text in order to express answers in written form.
- Creating and analyzing charts and graphs: Create and format spreadsheets and graphs, collect data, and express data visually.
- Communicating and presenting information using digital tools: Evaluate information for presentation, organize and compose slides, utilize design and effects, and include external hyperlinks in slides in order to create cohesive visual aids for presentation.
- Conducting online research and evaluation: Conduct keyword searches on major search engines, identify ethical sources of information, and examine and evaluate information for validity in order to find and use online information in their test answers.
And here are two great resources should you want more information on the California Common Core State Standards:
- California State PTA Common Core Resources for Parents
- California Department of Education Common Core State Standards
By: Deborah Hunt