New test measures students’ digital literacy

Carol’s Summary:

In order to stay current in school and compete in the job market, students will need to be prepared to apply technology to academic and workplace environments. As the article below iterates, tests are being developed that measure digital literacy as it relates to students’ critical thinking and interpretive skills for 21st century work. Many of today’s technologies are industry specific. To give them an edge while learning and job searching, it is a good idea for students to become familiar with these technologies and the terms associated with them. Beyond this, students also need to develop the requisite skills for synthesizing information and applying it to classroom learning and real-world problems.

LifeBound’s book, CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING (CCT), helps students form thinking habits for our global world. The curriculum is appropriate for high school students, grades 9-12. Additionally, the new second edition of LifeBound’s book for 8th and 9th graders coming out in May, MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL, includes a new chapter on technology and learning. To receive a sample of this book, or a review copy of CCT, call our national toll free # at 1.877.737.8510 or email

o How can we help students think critically within technology-enabled academic and workplace environments?
o How can we help students combine technical skills with experiences and knowledge?
o What role does emotional and social intelligence play in college and career success within the digital literacy framework?


ECampus News
April 2, 2010
New test measures students’ digital literacy
iCritical Thinking Certification helps instructors
by Maya T. Prabhu

Employers are looking for candidates who can navigate, critically evaluate, and make sense of the wealth of information available through digital media—and now educators have a new way to determine a student’s baseline digital literacy with a certification exam that measures the test-taker’s ability to assess information, think critically, and perform a range of real-world tasks.

The test, iCritical Thinking Certification, created by the Educational Testing Service and Certiport, reveals whether or not a person is able to combine technical skills with experiences and knowledge.

Today’s students need to be able to think critically and effectively solve problems while using technology, Certiport explains—going beyond simply searching for information. They also must evaluate the legitimacy of the information, put it in context, and then apply problem-solving and decision-making skills.

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