The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. It assesses foundational skills through 10 online, self-guided modules: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Word, Social Media, Excel, PowerPoint, and Information Literacy. Since its introduction three years ago, Northstar sponsor sites have grown to nearly 300 in 31 states and territories. Several states, including Minnesota and Rhode Island, are using Northstar statewide in ABE. After briefly introducing Northstar, the webinar explores the newest module, Information Literacy, which assesses increasingly important skills having to do with finding, assessing, and using information found online. We also look at ways in which Northstar is used in different types of settings, and note curricula which correspond to Northstar benchmarks. Presented by Jen Vanek and Tom Cytron-Hysom. Hosted by the EdTech Center@ World Education in partnership with the Northstar Digital Literacy Project, a program of the the Minnesota Literacy Council.
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