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About CITI: IT Fluency

Preparing today's students for tomorrow's technology-infused world.

IT Fluency Definitions

CITI’s Information Across the Curriculum approach, at the higher education level, prepares students from all majors with both IT fluency—an integration of skills, concepts, capabilities needed for one to be immediately effective in IT and also keep pace with its rapid changes (NRC)—and deeper IT expertise, either discipline-specific or general, that prepares students to innovate with IT within their fields. This approach is decidedly industry-driven; it aims to prepare a workforce that will give Massachusetts industry a competitive advantage.

CITI’s approach to IT also encompasses the following definition:

Information Technology (IT)

The National Research Council, in its report titled Being Fluent with Information Technology, defines IT based on three types of knowledge: Skills, Concepts and Capabilities.

  • Skills refers to proficiency with contemporary computer applications such as email, word processing web searching. Skills give students practical experience upon which to base other learning.

  • Concepts refers to the fundamental knowledge underpinning IT, such as how a computer works, digital representation of information, assessing information authenticity. Concepts provide the principles on which students will build new understanding as IT evolves.

  • Capabilities refers to higher-level thinking processes such as problem-solving, reasoning, complexity management etc. Capabilities embody modes of thinking that are essential to exploiting IT but students apply broadly.

Taken from Fluency with Information Technology, Lawrence Snyder, Pearson Education, 2005.

From the K-12 public education standpoint, CITI’s approach is compatible with the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Recommended PreK-12 Instructional Technology Standards (October 2001), particularly Standard 3:

Standard 3: Students will demonstrate ability to use technology for research, problem-solving and communication. Students locate, evaluate, collect and process information from a variety of electronic sources. Students use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts and other audiences.




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