Learning.com has announced key enhancements to its digital literacy solutions. In addition to an improved interface for 21st Century Skills Assessment, the updates will include new EasyTech lessons on spreadsheet and presentation software, Internet research and online communication. All updates and new content will be ready for the 2015-16 school year.
Today’s students need to be able to use technology to solve problems, increase productivity and drive innovation. A report recently released by Change the Equation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition, showed that 58 percent of those currently entering the workforce have low skills in solving problems with technology. This skills gap costs the U.S. economy $1.3 trillion each year, according to estimates from the learning technology company Grovo.
To help meet this need, the updates to EasyTech’s middle school lessons will focus on the skills that are critical for today’s students. New lessons will cover how to effectively search the web and collaborate online, as well as address real-life applications of spreadsheet, presentation and image editing tools. Many of EasyTech’s grades 3-5 lessons will also be updated to reflect current software interfaces and model current software examples.
The organization of EasyTech and Inquiry’s curricula will also be updated based on customer feedback to make it quicker and easier for educators to find the content they are looking for.
21st Century Skills Assessment will be updated to allow students to seamlessly transition between the desktop and tablet version and will feature a new user interface that reflects current computer operating systems.
Source: Learning.com, learning.com