With the increased focus on industry certifications across all career pathways and courses, computer applications teachers are the latest group of educators feeling the pressure. While some teachers lean toward the Microsoft Office Specialist certification, many teachers are increasingly looking into the IC3 Digital Literacy Certification. But when teachers dive a little deeper, they realize there are multiple IC3 certification options available!
As middle school teachers are looking for ideas to teach digital literacy in their classrooms, many are using the IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5) as a starting point.
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Continued changes in educational technology, standards, and software ultimately impact middle school computer classes quicker than other courses offered at that level. At Applied Educational Systems, we hear from thousands of teachers who are looking for help with their middle school computer lessons. Administrators are focused on academic curriculum and common core, leaving resource research, selection, and implementation responsibilities to the computer applications teacher. The selection of new digital content to enhance their middle school computer lessons is their responsibility.
How can I align my content to IC3 certification? If you’ve asked yourself this question, you aren’t alone. We recently did a training session for business teachers in Pinellas County, Florida. Our product development manager, Ken, went through the normal routine of talking about the organization of modules, teacher resources, and management software features. At the end of the session, one of the teachers told us that she really would have like to hear more about best practices. Ken asked for some details and she explained that the IC3 certification was important for her students and that she would like more information. We gathered some material for the teacher and decided to share with everyone.