Learning.com Unveils New High School Digital Literacy Course for District Implementation

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Now available for district use, Project NextTech helps students develop the 21st century skills needed for high school, college, and the workforce.

Today’s graduates need formal technology skills to be successful, whether pursuing higher education or entering the workforce after high school. Now available for district purchase and implementation, Project NextTech is a two-semester course that provides project-based instruction to help students develop the technology proficiency, information literacy and media literacy skills needed to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

The content for Project NextTech is based on curriculum developed by the nonprofit Generation YES® through years of research and student and teacher feedback. Project NextTech addresses the 24 performance indicators in the ISTE Standards for Students and is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TA-TEKS) for high school curriculum – addressing all strands of the Fundamentals of Computer Science TA-TEKS.

Project NextTech focuses on three core instruction topics:

Technology Literacy: students develop technology skills and the ability to select the right tool for the context, task, and audience.

Information Literacy: students locate and access information, evaluate information critically and competently, and use information effectively and ethically.

Media Literacy: students access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in all its forms.

“The competitive global economy demands sound digital literacy and formal technology skills,” said Keith Oelrich, Learning.com CEO. “Project NextTech ensures graduates leave school with a solid foundation of skills to succeed in postsecondary education and the 21st century workplace.”

Spanning two semesters, Project NextTech is divided into four nine-week curriculum blocks consisting of eight weeks of instruction and a one-week project. Each unit includes a teacher preparation section, student overview and performance-based activities to help evaluate student understanding.

Visit Learning.com at booth #917 during the TCEA 2015 Convention to see Project NextTech in action. To learn more about Project NextTech, visit Learning.com/project-nexttech.

About Learning.com
Learning.com helps students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts equip their students with the technology and 21st century skills needed for success on online assessments, college, and the workforce using Learning.com’s digital literacy curriculum and assessments. Learning.com supports districts as they transition to digital content by providing a repository of OER and free digital resources with tools to build and share custom digital curriculum. Through implementation services and professional development, Learning.com serves educators as they integrate technology and digital content into instruction. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts and serves 4.9 million students.

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