Skillful use of a range of technology is essential for success after
high school-as newly graduated young adults continue their education,
enter the workforce, or juggle school and employment-which is why
Digital Literacies, a credit-bearing technology course for students in
transfer high schools, is the cornerstone of the Connected Foundations
program. The goals of Digital Literacies are to teach students digital
literacy and prepare them for college and careers. The course is housed
in a social, "gamified" learning environment called DIG/IT where
students complete quests, interact, earn badges and points for their
achievements, and "level up" through four content domains relevant to
students' personal, academic, and professional lives:
As part of their DIG/IT experience, students plan, design, create, and present projects at an end-of-term "Expo" at their school. At the Expo, each student teaches skills and knowledge they have learned in the course to a guest, typically a family member or an important person in their life. After successfully presenting at the Expo, each student receives a free netbook computer from program partner CFY. Eligible students and their families can also sign up for discounted home Internet service from Cablevision or Time Warner Cable.
Digital Literacies was created by the NYC Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Readiness and LearningTimes, with contributions from Common Sense Media, the New York State Department of Labor, and other partners. Participating teachers receive on-site support and professional development from the Connected Foundations team and from Teaching Matters.