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Learning.com, COSA partner to provide TechLiteracy Skills Inventory

Oregon elementary schools now have access to a powerful tool for ensuring that their students are equipped with digital literacy skills, as the result of a new collaboration between OESPA, COSA and Learning.com. The Portland-based education technology company is partnering with OESPA and COSA to provide complimentary access to its TechLiteracy Skills Inventory for all of Oregon’s fifth graders.

OESPA President and principal at Earl Boyles Elementary (David Douglas School District), Ericka Guynes said, “While today’s students may know how to tap, swipe and Google, it is also critical that they have the skills necessary to use technology for learning. I hope that all Oregon elementary schools will consider taking advantage of this great opportunity to allow students to map a path for building the digital literacy skills requisite for success as they move on to middle school, high school and college.”

Learning.com’s TechLiteracy Skills Inventory can help educators ensure that all students have the technology skills to successfully complete online tests, such as the Smarter Balanced assessment taken by Oregon students. The TechLiteracy Skills Inventory helps teachers gain a deep understanding of students’ technology skills by providing authentic and detailed, student-level reports.  Teachers can use these reports to pinpoint technology skills that students are struggling with and identify teaching strategies that will help improve those skills.

“By partnering with Learning.com on this initiative, COSA and OESPA are providing educators throughout Oregon with the opportunity to use a tool that will contribute to the success of their students on online assessments, in the classroom and someday in the workforce,” said COSA Executive Director Craig Hawkins. “Oregon has a robust educational technology business community and it is wonderful to have one of its leading members, Learning.com, support our schools and students through this new partnership.”

“It is projected that by 2020 technology skills will be needed in more than half of all jobs so it is crucial that students begin to develop those skills as early as possible,” said Learning.com CEO Keith Oelrich. “It is particularly fitting that we announce this partnership with COSA at the same time that Computer Science Education Week is being celebrated across the country.”

To sign-up for and receive the free TechLiteracy Skills Inventory, administrators or teachers can go to www.learning.com/cosa and enroll their fifth-grade classes. Deadline for enrollment is February 19, 2016 and the assessment can be administered between January 4 and June 17, 2016.

All schools will have the opportunity to participate in a free training webinar that will explain how to deliver the skills inventory as well as how to interpret the results.