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Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS)

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. In Massachusetts, DLCS instruction includes the areas of computing and society, digital tools and collaboration, computing systems, and computational thinking.

Although, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science are distinctive in nature, it is essential to take an inclusive approach to teaching and preparing our students for today's modern society.

The standards represent the core elements of digital literacy and computer science, not the totality of each.

DLCS Learning Standards

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2016 DLCS Curriculum Framework

DLCS Instructional Resources

  • Professional Development Resources

  • Curriculum Planning Tools

    Review Rubrics:

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    DLCS in Mathematics
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    DLCS in Science
    Piloting new curriculum? ESE and EDC have developed rubrics to help educators determine the quality, rigor, and alignment of lessons and units to the 2016 MA DLCS Curriculum Framework.
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    Massachusetts K-12 Computer Science Curriculum Guide (2017)
    This guide helps school districts choose the computer science (CS) curricula that best suit their communities’ needs. The guide was developed as part of an initiative for school districts to accelerate the creation of classroom opportunities for learning CS that are standards based, high quality, career relevant, and accessible to all students at all grade levels.
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    Crosswalk of the 2016 DLCS standards and the Exploring Computer Science course.
    Exploring Computer Science (ECS) was developed with support from the National Science Foundation's Broadening Participation in Computing division. ECS is a yearlong course developed around a framework of both computer science content and computational practice and meets 85% of the grade 9-12 DLCS standards.

    The Massachusetts Exploring Computer Science Partnership, supported by the National Science Foundation, offers schools and teachers the opportunity to introduce computer science to students through ECS.
    2016 DLCS Framework Curriculum Crosswalks:
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    KIBO Robot Kits, from KinderLab Robotics, Inc., are specifically designed for young children ages 4–7.
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    Bootstrap: Algebra is a 20–25- hour introductory module that integrates computer programming and algebra.
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    Advance Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) is a college level course and goes beyond the DLCS standards in depth and rigor.
    This crosswalk compares AP CSP Learning Objective and the DLCS Standards. Any College Board Approved AP CSP curriculum will conform to the learning objectives used in this analysis.

    Any digital literacy and computer science curriculum providers wishing to add to this list are welcomed to submit their curriculum learning objectives and the Massachusetts DLCS Framework crosswalk(s) for review and approval to

  • Classroom Resources

  • DLCS Networks and Associations

  • Grant Opportunities

DLCS Contact

NamePhone Number
Anne DeMallie781-338-3527

Last Updated: December 13, 2017
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