Digital Literacy : 21st Century Student & Workforce Development

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Dr. Niran Oyekale fiimaPresident / CEO, Commit Technology & Consult Limited+234(0)7031055234, (0)8183428803 commitechng@gmail.comDigital Fluency: Securing Today Empowering The Future

The Paradigm ShiftFrom

The Industrial Age

To

The Information Age

To

The Creativity AgeThese changes, among others, are ushering us toward a world where knowledge, power, and productive capability will be more dispersed than at any time in our history a worldwhere value creation will be fast, fluid, and persistently disruptive.The Implication

..The World of Technology

A Fast Changing World..changing so fastThat the replication of more of the same knowledge and skills of the other days will not suffice to address the challenges of today, not to talk of the future

Imagine.A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last their students alifetime. World of Great ExpectationsEmployers/Parents expect graduates to be:Creative and Job readyReady to thrive in the Digital Age Cope with the challenges of the 21st century

Think critically,

Solve problems

Rapid economic and social changesdemand of NITDA to prepare the citizenry for jobs that are yet to be created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don't yet know will arise.Reality of Time Increasingly diverse customer base

Increasing complexity of business structures and organizations

Expanding mobile customers and increasing electronic communication

Increasing economic importance of digital commerce and digital contentResultant Changes in Business EnvironmentThe impact or response to these trends is either

For the most part - "technology focused" Precipitated or facilitated by technology or

Required of skills that are predominantly and significantly technology related. These trends don't seem to suggest a strong need to teach "technology for technology's sake, but technology for fluency"Understanding the TrendFluency Attained when an act is accomplished with no noticeable cognitive or mental effort.

Having a mastery of certain skills to the point of not requiring conscious attention.

Digital fluency An evolving aptitude that empowers the individual to effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world.

Digital fluency develops from digital literacy and requires that an individual be as comfortable using technology as they are reading the newspaper

Understanding the New LanguageIC3 Digital LiteracyIT ProfessionalDatabase Administration Software DevelopmentHTML / GamingMicrosoft/HP Technology AssociateWeb TechnologiesPrint, Graphics and MediaAdobe Certified AssociateEngineeringConstructionAutoDesk CertificationsAccountingQuickBooks CertifiedOffice MngmntBusiness ProfessionalsLaw ProfessionalsMarketingFinanceMicrosoft Office SpecialistMicrosoft Certified EducatorIC HealthHeath-care ProfessionalsAcademia ProfessionalsPathway to Digital Fluency

IT capability to leverage technology for business differentiation

GAPNeed for Digital FluencySource: The 451 Group and The InfoPro - 201180% of all jobs and 98% of all college degrees requires capable and proficient use of computers and Internet

IT challenge: the need for expertise The number-one inhibitor cited by business and IT leaders is sourcing the right expertise when and how companies need to acquire it.

According to The InfoPro, when asked to name the number-one obstacle to adopting cloud services, ~60% of executives cited Lack of staff skills/shortage of expertise. They are reporting a competency gap; employees with relevant skills are difficult to come by. When you consider the rate of change in both business and technology that IT professionals must contend with in order to stay relevant, its no wonder this is the case.

According to these leaders, two factors comprise this issue: Sourcing Businesses typically go about acquiring IT expertise in three ways: 1) they hire it, 2) they outsource it, or 3) they acquire it through service providers or cloud services. The IT organization of the future will be much smaller and more nimble, focusing internal resources on deeper and broader business expertise while leveraging service providers who bring deep technology expertise. This represents a whole different mindset for people entering the workforce. Many new IT professionals will become consultants on contract rather than employees. Different expertise (next page)

12 Tremendous understanding of the past and current situations

Adaptability to the digital age

Imbibing new sets of global best practices

Re-tooling and re-skilling to global standards Success DeterminantsWidening Gap.. The Genesis?

Climbing the Tree from the Top Climbing the Tree Bottom-UpWrongRightThe Shortcomings

Unemployment

Low productivity

Incompetency

Inability to cope with the 21st Century challenges

Offices characterized by large volumes of files, file racks

Documents occupying a lot of spaces, some of which are obsolete and already turning yellow.

Retrieval of document usually difficult and an irrecoverable loss of important documents in case of fire incidence and other natural disasters

Nigeria needs a workforce that is skilled, adaptable, creative, and equipped for success in the global marketplace.

A Nation in NeedNigeria must go beyond the 3Rs to:

Have adaptiveand practical skills required to function within the community, participate fully in global digital society

Acquire meaningful literacy within a social context

Facilitate access to cultural, economic and political structures

Recognize that new ways of seeing and thinking about the world is possible.

Going the Extra MilesRethinking EducationChanges of this magnitude require a complete rethinking of education. in terms of

CurriculumDevelopment of Pedagogies

To ensure that every student acquires the high level of skills needed to thrive in the dynamic world of the 21st century.18If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow. - John Dewey Career Progression for Colleges and Universities Microsoft/HP Technology Associate

TechnologyScienceAdobe Certified Associate

Creative ArtsMediaAutoDesk Certification

Engineering

QuickBooks Certified

AccountingFinanceIC3 Digital LiteracyMicrosoft Office Specialist

Management MarketingLegalAdminMicrosoft Certified Educator

Education IC HEALTH

MedicalNursingRecordsLaboratory

Where to Start ?20Internet & computing core certification (IC)Prepare for a Digital World

The stepping-stone into the ICT certification pathway, a fundamental tool for measuring proficiency in the latest key technologies for study, work and life.

IC3 was created by Certiport, Inc. in 2000 to address the need for a globally recognized and accepted standard of basic computing knowledge considered fundamental to academic learning and a minimum requirement for employment -Wikipedia.

IC3, The Stepping StoneIC3 is based on global best practices and requirements of education, test development and industry,

laying down foundational preparation for every job and career, every field of study, and even social and personal lives that are increasingly impacted by technology.

The single best solution for verifying and validating skills attainment and mastery in digital literacy

As Espoused by GDLCStanding out with IC3A global training and certification program providing proof to the world that an individual is;

Equipped with the needed computer skills to excel in a digital world.

Capable of using a broad range of computer technology.

Ready for challenges of work, academic and life .

Positioned to advanced your career through additional computer certification.

Computing Fundamentals

45 Questions30% SimulationVendor neutral

Key Applications

45 Questions80% SimulationBased on Windows 7 and Office 2010

Living Online

45 Questions30% SimulationVendor neutralAligned with National Standards

BenefitsTo Academic InstitutionsProvides objective evaluation of student performanceEnsures consistency of results from school to schoolMeasure teaching efficacy (accountability)Measurement is required to receive grant moneyTo InstructorsProfessional development toolImproves confidence in integrating technology in the classroomTo Students and EmployeesProves that you have fundamental knowledge in key computing concepts and applicationsEnsures you have validate and can apply what you have learnedValuable, portable credential

Benefits contsTo EmployersObjective evaluation of potential employeesValidation of employees that employees are proficient at important skills and technologiesFundamental computing knowledge, skills, and abilities directly effects employee efficiencyHow IC is usedPrerequisite for computer coursesEnd of computer course validationTeacher developmentTest-out option for required college basic computing course

Global Standard Recognition

Recognized in NigeriaThe IC3 is well-respected internationally, endorsed and recommended by

NITDA - National Information Technology Development Agency

CPN - Computer Professionals (Registration Council of) Nigeria

NUC - National Universities Commission

TRCN - Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria

IC3 the Missing Link From digital literacy certification in IC3, to professionally recognized skills certification on

MCE, MOS, MTA, MCP, Adobe, HP, Autodesk products, IC Health etc.

IC3 provides the pathway to a fulfilling and valuable career in many different fields.

What Next ?33Microsoft CERTIFIED EDUCATOR34

MCEKey benefits Valid and reliable measurement of foundational educator ICT competencies

Standards mapped to the UNESCO ICT-CFT, Technology Literacy approach

ELearning curriculum available free on the Partners in Learning network or via IT Academy membership

Exams easily administered and proctored on campus by educators

Available through a Microsoft academic reseller or through Certiport, Microsofts academic authorized exam delivery partner

All exams are version agnostic, meaning they are not specifically about a software version.

35Microsoft Certified Educator The Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) exam is a competency-based professional development and certification offering. Technology-neutral, the MCE assessment enables educators to demonstrate competency as outlined in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Information and Communications Technology, Competency Framework for Teachers (UNESCO ICT-CFT), Technology Literacy Approach. It also offers an opportunity for educators to differentiate themselves in the education field, and enhance their value for current and future employers.

All exams are version agnostic, meaning they are not specifically about a software version.

36Measuring effectivenessAn effective and proven assessment tool, the MCE exam measures the ways ICT integration can be used to improve outcomes in six core content areas which align to the UNESCO ICT-CFT:

Education policy Curriculum and assessment Pedagogy ICT/technology tools Organization and administration Professional development

Passing the MCE exam provides validation that educators have achieved global educator technology literacy competencies as defined in the UNESCO ICT-CFT, Technology Literacy Approach.

All exams are version agnostic, meaning they are not specifically about a software version.

37Improving outcomesFor education administrators, MCE represents a valid and reliable way to measure the effectiveness of their investment in ICT and professional development. Educators holding an MCE certification have the tools and skillsets to break though limitations of geography and resources, and begin to apply their knowledge to provide a rich, customized learning experience for their students.

All exams are version agnostic, meaning they are not specifically about a software version.

38Get startedIntegrating the MCE certification into teacher training program or professional development program will help the educators stand out.

All exams are version agnostic, meaning they are not specifically about a software version.

39Microsoft Office SpecialistCreate Office Superstars40

Microsoft Office SpecialistMOS is the worlds most recognized information worker certification program that accounts for the delivery of over one million certification exams annually.

More than a single certification, the Microsoft Office Specialist Master program demonstrates an individuals overall comprehension and deep expertise of Microsoft Office programs. Earning this distinguished credential requires four exams: Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, and either Outlook or Access.Master Series

Microsoft Office Specialist Expert certification validates advanced skills in specific Microsoft Office applications. Gaining the Expert credential requires passing either of these exams: Word Expert or Excel Expert.Expert Series

The Microsoft Office Specialist core certification validates skills with the Microsoft Office suite. Exams for the MOS core credential are available on these Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Project, and SharePoint.Specialist Series

Microsoft Office 2010Validate skills on the most popular Microsoft Office 2010 programsWord 2010Enhanced features, collaborative tools and almost anywhere file access make it easy to create professional-quality documents.

Excel 2010New analysis, visualization and access tools make it easier to manage and share data.

PowerPoint 2010Exciting and easy-to-use audio/visual capabilities make it simple to create powerful, polished presentations.

Access 2010Simplified tools and new Web databases make it easier to track, report and share data.Outlook 2010Advanced e-mail organization, search, communication and social networking features enhance productivity.

Project 2010Robust tools to control project work and schedules, and for staying informed whi8le keeping project teams on track.

SharePoint 2010Comprehensive content management and search tools to help improve organizational effectiveness.

More on Microsoft Office 2010www.microsoft.com/office/2010

Product suiteMicrosoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2010Pass any ONE of the following MOS 2010 exams:Pass any ONE of the following MOS 2010 Expert exams:Pass THREE required exams and ONE elective exam:WordExcelPowerPointAccessOutlookProjectSharePointWord ExpertExcel Expe...