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DIDL Programs

 Overview

DIDL programs consists of a manual (printed or online), multi-sensory, multi-media video tutorials, and online certification testing. There are also practice tests and tasks to help you master the material. DIDL targets the skills workers will most need across industries and can use immediately.

 Scalability

DIDL Jumpstart is a web based application that can be easily deployed across institutional sponsors and disparate geographies (including home based resources).

 Mastery Learning

Students prove their ability rather than test to objectives in a real, not simulated environment. Results validate and document real skills, so students can’t fail, only improve.

 Aligned with Standards

The curriculum is aligned with Texas Technology Application Standards for all beginning teachers.

 Cost Effective

DIDL Jumpstart does not require dedicated PC assets or applications – learners use their own environment. Minimal or no instructional resources are required to support it.


Overview
Features
Empowerment
  • Study

    Learning is supported by clearly defined skill expectations and step-by-step tutorials developing competency. More advanced students can pick and choose tutorials or go directly to the certification testing.

    Practice

    Multiple practice exercises and tasks are provided so that students have extensive practice creating actual products with their own software before certification testing takes place.

    Connect

    The power of DIDL Jumpstart is enhanced by providing connections in the learning between concepts in each of the sections. These common strands promote problem solving capabilities.

    Certify

    Students can “do over” both multiple choice tests on terminology and practical performance tasks until they are successful. Performance tasks are real products, not simulated as in the vast majority of online testing and learning software

    • Targets the skills the worker will need & can use across industries
    • Handles large populations with highly variable levels of skills
    • Certification is based on actual tasks in the user’s environment
    • Results validate and document real skills, not ability to answer multiple choice questions
    • Largely self-directed and self-administered by the learner
    • Provides a certification once mastery is achieved
    • If help is needed, testing points them to tutorials
  • The process creates an empowered individual with regard to technology!

    At the end of each section, students are asked to reflect and connect their learning about digital information. So instead of learning unrelated skills about various software products, students develop a genuine understanding about the nature of digital information and how to manipulate it.

    •  Computer Basics - Digital information is defined as zeros and ones. The schemes for translating and displaying digital information are explained.
    •  Files and Folders - Students master housekeeping tasks for organizing and storing digital information on various storage devices.
    •  Internet - The methods for moving and sharing digital information through the airwaves are demistified, and guidelines for security are discussed.
    •  Word Processing - Application program controls and option settings that are commonly available in most programs are emphsized, as students design documents and store their digital information in particular locations.
    •  Spreadsheets - Students manipulate digital information with speed and accuracy, utilizing functions and calculations.
    •  Graphics - Students extend their knowledge of file sizes and formats of digital information as they learn to digitize with a scanner and digital camera and then incorporate those products into documents.
    •  Presentations - Digital information becomes a medium for expression as students incorporate animations, extend their digitizing skills to sounds and movies, and control timing and sequencing of events with action buttons to create stimulating slide show presentations.
    •  Database - Students unlock the power of organizing digital information through sorting and reporting in database software and discover the ease with which they can combine word processing and database functions in mail merge and making labels.
    •  Desktop Publishing - Students put it all together as they combine different kinds of digital information such as text and graphics from various application programs into a single, professional-looking publication through desktop publishing templates.

    It is designed so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.