Northstar Digital Literacy Project

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Northstar Certificate (sample)

The Northstar Digital Literacy defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas: Essential Computer Skills - Basic Computer Use, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows 10, Mac OSX; Essential Software Skills - Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and Using Technology in Daily Life - Social Media, Information Literacy.

Many ABE programs use the assessments as a means of assessing student progress.

When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments or to obtain the Certificate.

Learners can access the assessments here. Information for programs interested in information on becoming a Northstar Sponsor Site is available here.

Northstar Digital Literacy Standards (PDF)

ISTE Technology Standards (PDF)

TESOL Technology Standards (PDF)