The National Education Foundation Launches National Digital Literacy Initiative
National Education Foundation (NEF) recently launched the Digital Literacy Program in partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY). This national initiative is a win-win-win program for states, schools, and students throughout the US.
This public-private partnership provides schools wDigital Literacy Academies at no cost. The $100 million program has been lauded by the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education as an innovative approach to bridging the 21st century academic and job skills gaps.
NEF's objective is to set up K-12 CyberLearning Digital Literacy academies in the nation's schools, especially the disadvantaged.
Each student receives a $100 full tuition grant. School districts pay nothing. Every student will have 24/7 unlimited access for the 2014-15 school year to the Web-based digital literacy course (IC3) prepared by the State University of New York (SUNY).
The IC3 (Internet & Computing Core Curriculum) is a universally recognized course that meets the digital literacy test standard of all 50 states. The course consists of Basic Computer Skills, Computer Application Skills, and Internet (Living Online) Skills. Any student, who successfully completes the course, will receive a certificate from NEF's academy partner, the acclaimed State University of New York (SUNY).
According to NEF Chairman, Dr. Appu Kuttan, "Digital literacy is a requirement for middle school students in many countries. That is why the Federal NCLB law mandated it. However, many states balked, because it is an unfunded mandate. We believe our students need digital literacy skills to compete in the global economy. Our national initiative is aimed at preparing our students better for college and the 21st century workforce."
Interested School district superintendents can sign up at www.cyberlearning.org. For more information, call NEF at 703-823-9999.