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1 Digital Potential ICT Skills for Computer and Information Literacy

2 p 2 The Need for ICT Skills Literacy is Clear  The economy of the 21st century is largely driven by information technology… Global competitiveness … a “flatter world” – Many emerging countries have defined the development of a digitally literate workforce as a primary economic driver – Requires that a country’s workforce is able to demonstrate competencies across international borders Workers with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills are better prepared to step out of low-wage, low-skill jobs and into higher-paying jobs Employers increasingly expect job candidates to have ICT skills  The ubiquity of computing The ever-increasing presence of computing has transformed many of life’s daily functions. – From cell phones to ATMs to MP3 players, understanding the ICT concepts has increasing relevance for all walks of life worldwide

3 p 3 Microsoft Digital Literacy Program Concept  A Two part program: Free, online, e-learning: curriculum for digital literacy training in a self study or classroom environment Certificate: digital literacy certificate of completion of the program

4 p 4 Digital Literacy Curriculum  Provides a baseline digital literacy skills standard, supported by: Assessment eLearning Certificate of completion  Curriculum covers a broad range of critical ICT literacy skills  The curriculum and assessments will be made available online for free, and may be provided on CD in Microsoft Word format for locales with limited or no internet access  Curriculum may be adapted locally to specific situational needs or programs

5 p 5 Digital Literacy Certificate  The certificate exam functions just like the course-level assessments, but pulls a set of 30 questions that test objectives across all of the five courses, rather than just within each course.  If a candidate achieves a specified percentage of correct answers, they are granted a certificate of completion for the Digital Potential program, and can print out a paper certificate.  Governments and NGOs interested in taking the certificate exam to the certification level may use the tools provided by Microsoft to build out a true certification exam and sponsor testing sites with proctoring to formally validate a candidate’s achievement

6 p 6 Vision for Stages of Workforce Development Career awareness, planning, and readiness Stage 1: Competency development Stage 2: Work and learning connections Stage 3: Placement and follow up Stage 4:  Government workforce counseling  K-12 Education  Higher Education  NGOs  Workforce training programs  Commercial training programs  K-12 Education  Higher Education  Create awareness and set career goals around IT related careers  Provide IT related foundational education  Train individuals to identified competencies for job roles  Certify individuals to demonstrate job readiness  Bridge school and training to workplace opportunities  Apprenticeship programs  Job placement  Ongoing professional development  NITAS (U.S. Labor) ReadinessCompetencyApplicationPlacement  Government sponsored internships

7 p 7 Role of Digital Literacy in Workforce Development Microsoft Certified Trainer Digital LiteracyTechnicianProfessionalArchitect  Entry level computer literacy  PC and Online security  Online Privacy  Digital Media  Specific technology skills on Microsoft Technologies  Training and certification for specific IT related job roles Introduction to technology Introduction to Microsoft technology Job role specific training Design complex software solutions  Architect IT solutions for businesses CompetencyReadiness Career awareness, planning, and readiness Stage 1: Competency development Stage 2: Program Level Focus Objective

8 p 8 Applications Basics Digital Literacy Curriculum Topics Computer Literacy Security & Privacy Internet & Web Basics Digital Lifestyle Digital Literacy Certificate (Spans all five objective domains) Individual Assessment Individual Assessment Individual Assessment Individual Assessment Assess Learn Apply Parts of PCs Types of PCs I/O devices Memory Storage SW types OS Windows Start menu File mgt Basic functions Objectives Covered Browser basics Search Engines Internet Search Strategies Chat rooms Video conferencing Internet E-mail Online Safety & Privacy Creating Web Pages Internet Lifestyle Word Processing Spreadsheets Presentations E-mail Each topic covers: Launch Open file Basic functions Print Close PC Security Passwords Practices Internet Security & Privacy Hackers, Viruses Online Cons Encryption Safe practices Email Privacy Junk mail, Spam Free e-mail Digital Media Photography Video Music Digital Devices Mobile phones PDAs Wireless computing Tablet PCs Wearable devices

9 p 9 Where we are in this process… Early 2005Mid-Late 2005January 2006 Outreach Initial research Audience analysis Needs assessment Working with the international community, Microsoft studied the general need for digital literacy programs Validation Validation of vision, scope, and learning objectives with teaching community Development Curriculum creation and certificate development Testing and validation Launch and Evaluation Curriculum launch Summative evaluation of outcomes Launch and evaluation of the new curriculum and testing Microsoft is seeking broad participation in setting and validating the vision, scope and learning objectives associated with a digital literacy program Microsoft will build the curriculum, assessment and testing tools for a new ICT skills development curriculum

10 p 10 Next steps…  Step 1: Identify participants in your organization  Step 2: Review the Digital Potential Digital Literacy Curriculum Vision and Scope document  Step 3: Complete each of the tabs in the spreadsheet to help us identify core areas of content coverage  Step 4: Complete the Digital Literacy Curriculum Reviewer Questionnaire

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