Click here to close now.

Welcome!

CloudExpo® Blog Authors: JP Morgenthal, David Sprott, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Rex Morrow, Datical

News Feed Item

National ICT Literacy Standards Set

National ICT Literacy Standards Set

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/21/08 -- Amid calls for comparable information and communication technology (ICT) literacy standards nationwide, the National ICT Literacy Policy Council has recommended a set of national ICT literacy standards to serve as the basis for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) iSkills™ assessment.

"In today's technologically driven world, it is essential that K-16 educators have a baseline to determine fundamental ICT literacy skills for students," says Lana Jackman, Ph.D., National Forum on Information Literacy Co-Chair and Chair of the National ICT Literacy Policy Council. Jackman is also president of Mélange Information Services Inc.

Documented in the ETS "Setting Standards on the Core and Advanced iSkills Assessments" report, the ICT literacy standards are the first in what can be seen as a national standard for ICT literacy.

"The Policy Council set a mandate based on our council's definition of fundamental skills to create a national ICT literacy standard. I'm happy to say ETS stepped up and went to work to design and conduct a standard-setting study, from which cut scores for its iSkills assessment were drawn based on recommendations from independent panelists," adds Jackman.

Panelists included 18 secondary and post-secondary educators and were selected from recommendations by the National ICT Literacy Policy Council, National Forum for Information Literacy, and the American Association of School Librarians.

iSkills is one of the most widely used ICT literacy assessments for college level students. Rather than testing knowledge of particular software packages, iSkills assesses students' higher-order problem solving and critical thinking skills as they use digital technology to solve real-world information problems.

"Meeting a complex range of ICT literacy skills is quickly becoming a requirement for success in the workforce and in college," adds Jackman. "It is a challenge that policy makers, business and institutes of higher education cannot afford to ignore, particularly in these times of intense global competition."

The Policy Council members are the following:

--  Dr. Daniel J. Callison, Director of Library Media Education, Indiana
    University; representing American Association of School Librarians
--  Dr. Leonardo de la Garza, Chancellor, Tarrant County College District,
    Fort Worth, Texas
--  Donna Desrochers, Director of Economic and Education Research, Delta
    Project on Secondary Costs
--  Dr. Charles D. Dziuban, Director, Research Initiative for Teaching
    Effectiveness University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
--  Karen Elzey, Senior Director, Institute for a Competitive Workforce,
    an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
--  Dr. Margaret Honey, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
    and Research at Wireless Generation.
--  Dr. Lana W. Jackman, Chair, National ICT Literacy Policy Council and
    Co-Chair, National Forum on Information Literacy
--  Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President of the College of Staten Island.
--  Dr. Barbara O'Connor, Director of the Institute for the Study of
    Politics and Media, California State University, Sacramento and Chair of
    the International ICT Literacy Panel
--  Loretta L. Parham, CEO & Library Director, Robert W. Woodruff Library,
    Atlanta University Center; and Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance Board of
    Directors
--  Dr. Terrel L. Rhodes, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum and
    Assessment, Association of American Colleges & Universities
--  Dr. Sharon Robinson, President and CEO, American Association of
    Colleges for Teacher Education
--  Dr. Lorie Roth, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs
    California State University, Office of the Chancellor, representing ETS's
    iSkills National Advisory Committee
--  Dr. Gordon W. Smith, Director, System-Wide Library Initiatives,
    California State University (retired)
--  Dr. Howard L. Simmons, Director, Division of Educational Leadership &
    Policy Studies, Morgan State University; former Executive Director of
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education
--  Barbara Stein, Manager, External Partnerships and Advocacy, National
    Education Association
--  Betsy Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington;
    representing Association of College & Research Libraries
--  Dr. A. J. "Christy"  Wright, Instruction and Reference Librarian,
    Prince George's Community College, Maryland
    

For more information about the National Forum, please visit www.infolitsummit.org. For more information about ETS's iSkills assessment, visit www.ets.org/iSkills.

About The National Forum on Information Literacy

The National Forum on Information Literacy was created in 1989 by the American Library Association's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy in response to the 1983 seminal educational reform report, "A Nation at Risk." These education, library, and business leaders believed that our challenge in America was not the lack of information but the inability of people to navigate through a great overabundance of information to expeditiously get to reliable and timely information needed to make important personal and workplace decisions. So far there has been little progress in systematically integrating information literacy skills training into the curriculums on most campuses and the American workplace. Unfortunately, the need for an information literacy citizenry is better recognized among international leaders than those in the U.S. If this continues, our country will be endangering our international competitiveness insofar as it is based on the concept of "working smarter." For more information, visit www.infolit.org.

Contact:
Lana Jackman, Ph.D.
617-354-6269
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@CloudExpo Stories
DevOps is all about agility. However, you don't want to be on a high-speed bus to nowhere. The right DevOps approach controls velocity with a tight feedback loop that not only consists of operational data but also incorporates business context. With a business context in the decision making, the right business priorities are incorporated, which results in a higher value creation. In his session at DevOps Summit, Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, discussed key monitoring techniques...
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
SYS-CON Events announced today that MetraTech, now part of Ericsson, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society- a world leader in communications infrastructure, software and services. Some 40% of the world’s mobile traffic runs through networks Ericsson has supplied, serving more than 2.5 billion subscribers.
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will addresses this very serious issue o...
Want to enable self-service provisioning of application environments in minutes that mirror production? Can you automatically provide rich data with code-level detail back to the developers when issues occur in production? In his session at DevOps Summit, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, will discuss how to accomplish this and more utilizing technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio online, and Application Insights in this demo-heavy session.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BMC delivers software solutions that help IT transform digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive business advantage. BMC has worked with thousands of leading companies to create and deliver powerful IT management services. From mainframe to cloud to mobile, BMC pairs high-speed digital innovation with robust...
Over the years, a variety of methodologies have emerged in order to overcome the challenges related to project constraints. The successful use of each methodology seems highly context-dependent. However, communication seems to be the common denominator of the many challenges that project management methodologies intend to resolve. In this respect, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be viewed as powerful tools for managing projects. Few research papers have focused on the way...
As the world moves from DevOps to NoOps, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. However, applications have been architected with a much tighter coupling than it needs to be which makes deployment in different environments and migration between them harder. The microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, Netflix and so on is at the heart of CloudFoundry – a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS...
As cloud gives an opportunity to businesses to buy services externally – how is cloud impacting your customers? In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Fabio Gori, Director of Worldwide Cloud Marketing at Cisco, provided answers to big questions: Do you see hybrid cloud as where the world is going? What benefits does it bring? And how does Cisco connect all of these clouds? He also discussed Intercloud and Cisco’s investment on it.
Containers Expo Blog covers the world of containers, as this lightweight alternative to virtual machines enables developers to work with identical dev environments and stacks. Containers Expo Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. Bookmark Containers Expo Blog ▸ Here Follow new article posts on Twitter at @ContainersExpo
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover ...
In their general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Michael Piccininni, Global Account Manager – Cloud SP at EMC Corporation, and Mike Dietze, Regional Director at Windstream Hosted Solutions, will review next generation cloud services, including the Windstream-EMC Tier Storage solutions, and discuss how to increase efficiencies, improve service delivery and enhance corporate cloud solution development. Speaker Bios Michael Piccininni is Global Account Manager – Cloud SP at EMC Corporation. He has b...
SYS-CON Events announced today that O'Reilly Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption...
In a recent research, analyst firm IDC found that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year for Fortune 1000 companies. In addition to the findings on the cost of the downtime, the research also highlighted best practices for development, testing, application support, infrastructure, and operations teams.
The OpenStack cloud operating system includes Trove, a database abstraction layer. Rather than applications connecting directly to a specific type of database, they connect to Trove, which in turn connects to one or more specific databases. One target database is Postgres Plus Cloud Database, which includes its own RESTful API. Trove was originally developed around MySQL, whose interfaces are significantly less complicated than those of the Postgres cloud database. In his session at 16th Cloud...
The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential. The DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo – to be held June 3-5, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City – will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide...
EMC Corporation on Tuesday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Virtustream. When the transaction closes, Virtustream will form EMC’s new managed cloud services business. The acquisition represents a transformational element of EMC’s strategy to help customers move all applications to cloud-based IT environments. With the addition of Virtustream, EMC completes the industry’s most comprehensive hybrid cloud portfolio to support all applications, all workl...
In her General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing, at Verizon Enterprise, focused on finding the right mix of renting vs. buying Oracle capacity to scale to meet business demands, and offer validated Oracle database TCO models for Oracle development and testing environments. Anne Plese is a marketing and technology enthusiast/realist with over 19+ years in high tech. At Verizon Enterprise, she focuses on driving growth for the Verizon Cloud platfo...
How does one bridge the gap between traditional enterprise storage infrastructures and the private, hybrid, and public cloud? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dan Pollack, Chief Architect of Storage Operations at AOL Inc., examed the workload differences and required changes to reuse existing knowledge and components when building and using a cloud infrastructure. He also looked into the operational considerations, tool requirements, and behavioral changes required for private cloud storage s...
Software is eating the world. Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves competing with Google and Amazon on speed of innovation. As the innovation cycle accelerates, companies must embrace rapid and constant change to both applications and their infrastructure, and find a way to deliver speed and agility of development without sacrificing reliability or efficiency of operations. In her Day 2 Keynote DevOps Summit, Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell, discussed...