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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Digital Literacy in Adult Education

An essential component of a high quality adult education program is the integration of digital literacy into curriculum and instruction. ACLS requires all programs to support the digital literacy development of students at every class level. Digital literacy can be defined as the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information. ACLS requires the integration of digital literacy into curriculum and instruction in order to provide opportunities for students to explore, experiment, and develop expertise using real world applications for digital literacy while building their academic skills. Programs are expected to incorporate a variety of tools and technologies into the classroom to support learning.

In order to better support programs with the integration of digital literacy into curriculum and instruction, the guidance document Digital Literacy: A Guide for Adult Education Programs was created. This document was developed by a digital literacy working group comprised of Massachusetts adult education (both ABE and ESOL) teachers adept at aligning instruction with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) and integrating digital literacy into instruction. Working group members shared stories of how they have incorporated digital literacy into classroom lessons on grammar, science, and health. The stories were developed into illustrative "vignettes" to give the reader a view of digital literacy in practice.

Questions? Please contact Wyvonne Stevens-Carter, Digital Literacy Specialist in Adult and Community Learning Services, at Wyvonne.stevens-carter@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: September 7, 2017
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