PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education has announced a partnership with the R.I. Office of Digital Excellence to teach the Broadband Rhode Island digital literacy training curriculum in adult education programs statewide.
The initiative, which aligns with Department of Education technology standards for adult learners, aims to improve adult education and workforce training, and to better prepare Rhode Islanders with the skills to compete in a global digital economy.
“One of the goals of our strategic plan, ‘Transforming Education in Rhode Island,’ is to provide more high-quality educational opportunities for adult learners,” said Deborah A. Gist, commissioner of elementary and secondary education in Rhode Island. “Just as we are expanding the use of digital literacy in our elementary and secondary schools, it is important to bring digital literacy into our programs for adult learners as well.”
Through the two agencies’ partnership, educators working in adult education programs will receive training on how to teach the Broadband Rhode Island Internet Basics Curriculum, and the R.I. Office of Digital Excellence will supply “technology point persons” who will help coordinate training, materials and resources for such programs.
According to Broadband Rhode Island, an initiative of the R.I. Department of Digital Excellence funded under the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, approximately 30 percent of Rhode Island adults do not use the Internet. To date, Broadband Rhode Island has presented 18 digital literacy training workshops and developed nearly 150 volunteer digital literacy trainers.