Florida Rural Consortium Project (FRCP)

Increasing Digital Literacy Proficiency with EasyTech

In 2015 Learning.com, conducted a study of Florida students digital literacy skills as part of the statewide Florida Rural Consortium Project (FRCP). Under the FRCP, Learning.com provides digital literacy curriculum as well as teacher professional development and support funded by the Florida legislature through a digital literacy appropriation.

Question

Does weekly implementation of EasyTech result in measurable increases in digital literacy gain in 5th and 8th grade students?

Participants

A sample of fifth- and eighth-grade students in Florida

Methodology

Students we administered a pre‐assessment to benchmark their digital literacy skills. Proficiencies were broken into four levels: below basic, basic, proficient and advanced. Students were then provided access to the EasyTech’s digital literacy curriculum to develop their skills over a four-week period. At the end of this period, students participated in a post-assessment to measure growth.

Results

In comparing the pre- and post-assessment results, the study showed a 66 percent increase in proficiency with a percentage change in the number of proficient students per skills as:

  • 256 percent in research and information skills
  • 157 percent in technology and operations concepts
  • 119 percent in digital citizenship skills
  • 132 percent in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • 218 percent in demonstrating creative thinking using technology skills

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