Mr. Donald Willyard, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Revere
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner and Secretary to the Board
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Table of Contents
Commissioner’s Foreword 7
Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Education for All Students 12
Guiding Principles for Effective Digital Literacy and Computer Science Education 14
Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Overview 18
In the last decade, changes in technology, communication, and the information life cycle have contributed to significant changes in our world. Increasingly, people are becoming technology creators as well as technology users. Meaningful participation in modern society requires fluency in the uses of, impact of, and ability to manipulate technology for living, learning, and working. Given this context, knowledge and skills included in the Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) standards are essential for all students. Student of all backgrounds should be prepared for personal and civic efficacy in the twenty-first century and should have the opportunity to consider innovative and creative technology-based careers of the future.
I am pleased to present to you the 2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework. The standards presented here:
Address core concepts in four key domains: Computing and Society, Digital Tools and Collaboration, Computing Systems, and Computational Thinking.
Integrate practices necessary to successfully act in a technological world.
Present coherent progressions of core concepts and practices from grades K to 12.
Complement other Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
The DLCS Framework is a significant step forward from the state’s prior Instructional Technology and 2008 Technological Literacy standards. The DLCS Framework incorporates and updates expectations for Technological Literacy, reframes those as Digital Literacy, and adds expectations for Computer Science, which is now such a critical aspect of our daily lives. I would like to thank all of the individuals and groups that provided input, reviewed comments, and suggested edits to the standards.
I believe that the ability to effectively use and manipulate technology to solve complex problems is the new literacy skill of the twenty-first century. The DLCSFramework provides guidance and resources intended to help educators and professionals prepare students across the Commonwealth for such success.
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education