Miami Dade School System Selects InfoSource for Digital Literacy Training
Winter Park, Florida â€“ August 26, 2004 – InfoSource Inc., the leading provider of technology training solutions for the K-12 market, and Florida Technology Systems, known for providing high-tech solutions for the classroom, announced today an agreement with the Miami Dade School System to supply online training and assessments for faculty and students utilizing the InfoSource Learning Management System and How To Master IC3 Content. IC3Â®, the Internet and Computing Core Certification, is fully aligned with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for both teachers and students, and is designed to help schools achieve the digital literacy standards required under the No Child Left Behind mandates.
The evaluation and decision process began with a very successful IC3 pilot program of eighth graders in the Miami Dade school system. Students took courses in Computing Fundamentals, Living Online, and Key Applications covering basic elements in computer software and hardware, Internet and email, and applications like word processing and spreadsheets. Because this IC3 curriculum provides the necessary elements for content and accountability, funding can be secured through NCLB or numerous federal and state programs.
Dee Oakley, District Instructional Supervisor for Miami Dadeâ€™s Division of Applied Technology Business Technology Education Department, said, â€œThe technical skills our students are learning today will in time be transferred for use in higher education or gainful employment, giving our students the competitive edge needed. Over 90% of the students in the program went on to pass Certiport IC3 certification exams recommended for college credit and as a start to a technical career.â€
According to Thomas Warner, President of InfoSource, â€œWe are proud to be the first approved online vendor for IC3 training. With our focus on and commitment to the K-12 Education market, the ability to provide the training for the first globally recognized, validated, and standards based certification for basic computing and Internet skills really sets InfoSource apart. We are extremely excited to work with school districts across the country to provide the same level of technology mastery to their students, while assisting educators in addressing the digital literacy standards required under the provisions of No Child Left Behind.â€
For more information about InfoSourceâ€™s How to Master IC3 Training Solution online courses and how they can benefit teachers and others, please visit www.howtomaster.com/ic3 or call 407-677-0300 (direct), 800-393-4636 (U.S.A.), or 800-253-2995 (Canada).
InfoSource develops and distributes the How To Master line of technology education, training, assessment, content authoring, and learning management products, all designed to help organizations manage and deliver high-quality education and training programs and help students, teachers, and employees develop PC software skills, enhance business soft skills, and prepare for industry certifications, including ICÂ³, Microsoft Office Specialist, A+, MCSE, and CCNA. InfoSource training products include award-winning online, CD-based, and instructor-led courseware. Since 1983, InfoSource has been providing complete training solutions for clients in the corporate, government, and education markets.
About Florida Technology Systems
Florida Technology Systems distributes software and hardware solutions to both the Florida K-12 and the post-secondary markets for: Industrial Education, Career &Technical Education, Technology Education, Information Technology, Reading, Math, FCAT readiness, GED Prep, and Integrated Learning software. In business since 1989, Florida Technology Systems has provided solutions to Career and Technical Education as well as the academic arena. Turnkey solutions from Florida Technology Systems include product, installation, training, and service after the sale.
Certiport provides industry-leading training, assessment, and certification solutions that enable individuals to develop the skills necessary to achieve more, distinguish themselves, and advance in todayâ€™s academic and business environments. These solutions include the Microsoft Office Specialist and ICÂ³, delivered through a channel of more than 9,000 Certiport Centers worldwide. Certiport is a pioneer in using pervasive testing technology and data management systems based on extensive research and professional validation processes.