Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) knowledge, reasoning, and skills are essential both to prepare students for personal and civic efficacy in the twenty-first century and to prepare and inspire a much larger and more diverse number of students to pursue the innovative and creative careers of the future. The abilities to effectively use and create technology to solve complex problems are the new and essential literacy skills of the twenty-first century. Digital literacy and computer science standards in this Framework articulate critical learning outcomes for Kindergarten through Grade 12 to help prepare students for success in world. The standards represent the core elements of digital literacy and computer science and are intended to drive coherent, rigorous instruction which results in the mastery and application of digital literacy and computer science knowledge, reasoning, and skills.
Key Features 1. The DLCS standards include core concepts in four strands: Computing and Society, Digital Tools and Collaboration, Computing Systems, and Computational Thinking.
- The DLCS standards articulate practices necessary for success. The practices cultivate the internalization of dispositions that skillful people in digital literacy and computer science apply in reasoning, creation, and problem solving.
- The DLCS standards coherently progress from Kindergarten to grade 12. The standards emphasize a focused and coherent progression of knowledge and skills. Asstudents progress through their K-12 education, they acquire increasingly sophisticated knowledge, skills and dispositions in digital literacy and computer science.
- The DLCS standards prepare students for post-secondary opportunities – civic, college, and career. DLCS skills, knowledge and practices are essential to prepare all students for personal and civic efficacy, as well as the workplace. The importance of DLCS knowledge and skills are pervasive in virtually all fields.
- The DLCS standards complement other Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The DLCS standards overlap in meaningful and substantive ways with standards from other academic disciplines and offer an opportunity for all students to better apply and learn digital literacy and computer science.