South Carolina School Districts Access Digital Literacy Tools
South Carolina students returning to school this year will be using a number of new tools that seek to improve their digital literacy skills. Through the Palmetto Digital Literacy Program (PDLP), students can use popular digital literacy solutions from Learning.com to learn keyboarding, word processing, digital citizenship and other skills.
The PDLP initiative aims to prepare students for college and career success by providing comprehensive digital literacy skills curriculum and assessments that can identify technology challenges. Learning.com partnered with the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee and the Department of Education to the create the program, which is funded by the South Carolina Legislature.
The partnership provides access to the following resources:
- EasyTech, a self-paced curriculum for grades K–8 that offers interactive lessons to help students develop technology skills needed for academic success, including keyboarding, word process, online safety and coding.
- EasyCode Basic, an EasyTech plugin that provides coding challenges;
- Inquiry, a project-based approach to integrate technology into core subjects, including math, science and social studies;
- 21st Century Skills Assessment, which tests students in grades 5–8 on technology operations, information literacy, digital citizenship, critical thinking, decision making and more; and
- WayFind, an ISTE-aligned teacher assessment.
To participate, each district can fill out a registration form, or they can obtain the tools through their membership of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
To learn more about the Palmetto Digital Literacy Program, visit the Learning site.
Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at [email protected].