To empower students in school districts across South Carolina with digital literacy skills, Learning.com announced the Palmetto Digital Literacy Program (PDLP), in partnership with the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee and Department of Education.
The initiative will help prepare students for college and career success by offering access to a comprehensive digital literacy skills curriculum and provide teachers and students with assessments that can identify technology challenges.
“The importance of a strong skillset in digital literacy and safety in our modern global society has never been higher,” said South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “I look forward to this collaborative partnership and the complementary resources to our current computer science programs that will be provided to students so that they can be successful upon graduation.”
The program, which will launch just in time for the 2016-2017 school year, is funded by the South Carolina Legislature through a digital literacy appropriation. The PDLP will apply best practices related to digital literacy skills for K-12 students, with a particular focus on assisting educators in integrating technology and digital resources into the classroom, while also increasing the digital literacy skills of each student. The program is also designed to support current state initiatives to increase the effectiveness of the use of technology and digital resources at the district and school level.
“Developing digital literacy skills in our students is critical in the workplace of today and tomorrow. To achieve this, we must ensure that all students have equitable access to high quality, digital literacy curriculum as it directly impacts our future economy,” said Keith Oelrich, CEO, Learning.com. “We are incredibly proud of this partnership and look forward to equipping students with the tools they need to build a foundation for future success.”
As part of the initiative, Learning.com will supply access to EasyTech and Inquiry, two of its most popular digital literacy solutions. EasyTech equips students with such vital skills as keyboarding, word processing, digital citizenship, online safety, computational thinking and coding in addition to media and information literacy skills. Projects in Inquiry guide students through mastery in productivity tools, internet research, multimedia presentations and online communication.
Schools and districts can access these tools by utilizing their membership of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).
For more information, visit www.learning.com/palmetto.
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