Northstar Digital Literacy is a website that teaches students digital literacy skills. Each of the fifteen modules have assessments ready to test students' knowledge. Assessments are tests that students take to earn a certificate. A passing score is between 85 -100%. Students get certified when a Digital Zone tutor proctors them while they pass a test. Proctoring ensures that test takers pass an assessment without using notes or cheating. A passed and proctored assessments earns a learner a certificate in a module.
As of November 2022, ten out of fifteen Northstar modules have lessons that teach the contents of the assessment. Northstar continues to develop lessons for each of their modules.
Northstar modules with lessons (red star) or supplemental videos (purple arrow)
The Digital Zone received a Lumina Foundation grant to help CCD students earn more certificates. We are using this grant to create videos that support students in passing assessments without lessons.
Below are the supplemental videos created by the Digital Zone to help CCD students improve their confidence and performance for certification. Students can take assessments up to two times a day, and there is no penalty for failing assessments.
The table below shows the vocabulary used in the Information Literacy assessment. Use the list to review these definitions to better prepare for the assessment.
|prioritize||relevant||reliable||research||review/reviews||search engines/search terms||search results page||synthesize||table|
The table below shows the vocabulary used in the Your Digital Footprint assessment. Use the list to review these definitions to better prepare for the assessment.
|browser||browsing history||cookies||create||data||digital footprint||intentional||manage||online identity||potential|
|preferences||privacy settings||private (incognito) window||professional/unprofessional||search history||social media||targeted||track||unintentional|
The table below shows the vocabulary used in the Supporting K-12 Distance Learning assessment. Use the list to review these definitions to better prepare for the assessment.
|account||advocate||assignment||asynchronous||background||bookmark (favorites)||browser||chat||dashboard||distance learning/platform||emoji|