Literacy in the 21st century requires more than the ability to read, write and compute. Every student must develop strong technological skills in order to function adequately in our 21st century world. Connecticut schools must ensure that technology resources are integrated across the curriculum in preK-12 and become part of the fabric of instruction.
All students must be able to use information and technology effectively to live, learn and work successfully in an increasingly complex and technology-based society. The overarching goal of an information and technology literacy instructional program is to ensure that all students are independent, competent, responsible and confident users of information and technology and can apply related strategies for acquiring basic skills and content knowledge, communicating ideas, problem-solving and pursuing personal interests.
The Information and Technology Literacy Program at Sterling Community School, in addition to accessing content knowledge, is based on the premise that all students need to be able to find, analyze and use information effectively and safely. Library media classes not only support students in the development of their 21st-century skills but also assist teachers to incorporate these concepts into their existing curriculum.
The major components of the program are as follows:
Definition and Identification of Information Needs
Students define their information needs and identify effective courses of action to conduct research and solve problems.
Students understand and demonstrate a command of information skills & strategies to locate and effectively use print/non-print resources to solve problems and conduct research.
Students apply information from a variety of sources and formats using evaluative criteria to interpret, analyze, organize, and synthesize both print and non-print material.
Students use appropriate information and technology to create written, visual, oral, and multimedia products to communicate ideas, information, or conclusions to others.
Students operate and use computers and other technologies as tools for productivity, problem-solving and learning across the content areas.
Students demonstrate the responsible, legal and ethical use of information resources, computers and other technologies.
Students assess the effectiveness of their information and technology choices for problem-solving and communication.