FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘Summer TechUp’ to fill digital literacy learning gaps caused by coronavirus pandemic and summer break.
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 14, 2020) – To support students’ digital literacy development during a summer break that comes on the heels of a tumultuous school year, Learning.com, a leading provider of comprehensive digital literacy curriculum, is launching an online summer school program called Summer TechUp. Available for students in grades 6-12, Summer TechUp introduces digital literacy and computer science through modules covering keyboarding, robotics, and coding.
“We recognize that schools and students have had to adjust to new models of instruction under the current and evolving conditions. It’s our goal to ensure every student can successfully navigate the digital world – we won’t let summer break or the coronavirus pandemic impede that goal,” said Keith Oelrich, CEO at Learning.com. “Through this opportunity to learn online over the summer months, students can continue developing digital literacy while exploring the exciting realms of coding, robotics, and more.”
Learning.com’s Summer TechUp program includes these modules:
- Keyboarding: Give students an opportunity to develop their keyboarding skills and improve accuracy in this online, adaptive environment. Students will complete differentiated activities, strengthening skills at their own pace.
- Python Coding: Students will receive an introduction to coding with Python, learning core coding structures by working through a series of online challenges. Students are guided step-by-step in building an interactive game or story and have an opportunity to create a program of their own.
- Cyber Robotics: Help students develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills while exploring the world of robotics. Through a series of online missions, students will program virtual robots, developing troubleshooting and critical thinking skills in the process.
School districts can purchase Learning.com’s new Summer Tech-Up program at a promotional price and utilize this valuable resource for a Summer School program until September 7, 2020.
Activation, professional development, and support are included, and Learning.com will match the Fall purchase of any Learning.com program.
Learning.com is also currently offering a free Digital Skills Playlist to support educators in helping students develop foundational digital skills. Together, Summer TechUp and the Digital Skills Playlist will support the continuity of learning over the Summer, and in the transition back to school in the Fall.
Learning.com’s K-12 curriculum solutions help students develop computer science, digital literacy, and problem-solving skills. By enabling schools to integrate technology more meaningfully and cultivate digital readiness, Learning.com plays a critical role in equipping all students to learn, live, and work in the 21st Century.
The comprehensive curriculum, delivered through the Learning.com platform, features scaffolded, student-led digital lessons, as well as district and school-wide reporting to measure the program’s efficacy and optimize implementation.
Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with one in six U.S. school districts and serves more than 4 million students each year. The company has earned more than 30 industry awards, including ISTE 2017 Best of Show; 2017 Award of Excellence from “Tech & Learning Magazine;” “The Oregonian’s Top Workplace” for 2016, 2017, and 2018; and the “Healthiest Employers of Oregon” for 2019.
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