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August 4, 2005

Digital Literacy Checklist

The University of Washington offers a digital literacy checklist designed specifically for PC users.

Laura Larsson, developer of the checklist, defines digital literacy as "the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers."


The checklist is a self-assessment that covers a range of topics, including keyboarding, mouse, and related skills; desktop competencies; and internet competencies. Under each competency are a number of items, many of which have hyperlinks to explanations, practice tutorials, and other weblink references.

The Digital Literacy Checklist was developed in 1997, and revised in 2000 and 2002, so it is not currently up to date, but it does have several information literacy items.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:43 AM | Assessment | Competencies | Definitions | Digital Literacy

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June 24, 2005

University of Minnesota Extension Service Technology Competencies

As of June 2004, the University of Minnesota Extension Service has developed a set of technology competencies to be used for employee self-assessment and professional development purposes. These competencies reflect the Extension Information and Learning Technology Unit's Training Philosophy, which supports shared training responsiblity, emphasis on transferable skills, "self learning," application of technology to improve the quality of Extension programming, and training county technology contacts.

Extension competencies are divided into two areas: technology competencies for all employees and additional competencies for those who design trainings. The basic technology competencies for all staff include the following:


1. General computing knowlege (including network logon, sharing files, managing passwords, using a data projector, etc)

2. Windows operating system (install/remove software, burn a CD, create folders, etc)

3. Microsoft Word (including format text, create/format tables, insert graphics, find and replace, etc)

4. Microsoft Powerpoint (create, edit, and deliver a Powerpoint)

5. Microsoft Excel (understand the purpose of spreadsheets and be able to create and work with them)

6. E-mail (Send/receive email and manage email account)

7. Use of Internet (Use an internet browser, find Extension information and order publications, etc)

8. Graphics (Edit photos, know differences in graphic formats and use them appropriately)

9. Calendar (view calendars and schedule meetings)

10. County websites (manage content: publications, calendars, and other files)

11. Workshops database (add/manage workshop registrations, edit information, run reports)

12. Accomplishments and results (create and run reports)

13. 4-H Plus! and Fair Plus! Software

14. Media for Educational Programming--Extension Educators, Directors, Area Program Leaders, Capacity Area Leaders, and Campus Faculty (understand one's own role as a subject expert and also the role of the technology/media expert; know how to select appropriate media; understand the cost/benefit of educational technology; evaluation educational products)

Posted by chri1010 at 11:26 AM | Competencies | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

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School Technology Leadership Initiative

The School Technology Leadership Initiative is true to its name--this program is designed to build technology leadership capacity for educational professionals, both K-12 and in higher education.

Co-directed by Dr. Scott McLeod and Dr. Joan Hughes, the STLI offers a certificate program based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators.

STLI also supports a blog that serves as a technology resource for K-12 educators. The blog is an excellent source of current technology issues of relevance to the K-12 setting, although much of this information is applicable to other educational contexts.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:37 AM | Competencies | Resources | Standards | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

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June 23, 2005

20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

T.H.E. Journal has recently published a list of the 20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have. With each technology skill, Laura Turner offers links to online tutorials. Turner points out that technology is always changing, and that part of an educator's strive for excellence should include time to develop and maintain one's technological competency.

Posted by chri1010 at 8:51 AM | Competencies | Teaching Resources | Technology Literacy

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June 22, 2005

Next Generation of the Professorate Program

This technology literacy initiative is designed for new faculty to develop their technology literacy in order to develop TEL competencies. The key feature of this program is that new faculty are paired with more experienced faculty, who serve as mentors. More information on this program is available here.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:19 PM | Competencies | Teaching Resources | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota