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 a global 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.
The DLCS standards include core concepts in four strands:
Computing and Society,
Digital Tools and Collaboration
The DLCS standards articulate practices necessary for success.
The DLCS standards coherently progress from Kindergarten to grade 12.
The DLCS standards prepare students for post-secondary opportunities – civic, college, and career.
The DLCS standards complement other Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework
After taking some time and comparing this to the state’s frameworks, it seems that Norton Public Schools specifically took the state’s standards and formed actual scenarios of what the standards would look like when being taught in a classroom setting. There seems to be a balance of CS and DL so students will be gaining both subject areas in their K-12 experience. Norton doesn’t use every single standard from the state, but the ones they use and execute in their scenarios allow for students to gain knowledge on these subject matters and then use them in the real world.