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The Northstar Digital Literacy Standards for Essential Computer Skills promote digital equity and access by helping adults gain the digital literacy skills and confidence they need to seek, obtain, and retain employment; succeed in higher education; and perform tasks in daily life.

The Northstar Standards define these essential skills in three main areas:

  • Essential Computer Skills: Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows, and MAC Operating System
  • Essential Software Skills: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs
  • Using Technology in Daily Life: Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, and Your Digital Footprint, and Accessing Telehealth Appointments

In this workshop, Theresa Sladek from Northstar will describe how teachers, advisors, and others use the standards to incorporate digital literacy into their instruction and assessment to help students build mastery in the areas that matter to them.

About this Training:

  • After you register, Ruzica Banovic ( will send you a confirmation email with information on how to join this online session.
  • This two-hour online webinar is followed by a half-hour planning project you will draft for your own or your students’ digital literacy development. This can be submitted by 11/3 for feedback and support from PSPDC Digital Literacy PD Specialist Diana Satin. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Diana at

    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers, advisors, directors, and others interested in digital literacy and digital resilience planning and development. It is for educators with all levels of experience.

In this workshop, you will take a tour of the standards, learn how they were developed, and hear how other programs have used them to inform instruction and assessment. You will have time to explore them and consider how you might use them to inform and organize your digital literacy work with your students. 

This is one in a series of five Introduction to Digital Literacy online workshops on the standards and frameworks suggested by ACLS. All will be posted to the SABES Calendar soon. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Locate the Northstar Standards, the components of digital literacy they cover, and how they are organized
  • List and differentiate between the various Northstar features and identify what each is useful for and how to use each one with students
  • Identify how you might start using the standards with your students
  • Compare the options and benefits of the free and paid versions
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
10/20/2022 - 1:00 pm to 10/20/2022 - 3:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Digital Literacy
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
Self-Paced Monthly Offering