Provides that school districts may provide instruction in digital literacy.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Ball
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to digital literacy instruction
PURPOSE: The legislation would clarify current law to allow and encourage public schools to teach digital literacy.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 814 of the Education Law would be amended to clarify that public schools may offer a digital literacy course that covers topics like internet safety and other relevant issues to the use of technology and the internet.
JUSTIFICATION: Digital Literacy is a term that has gained widespread use at both the state and federal level in defining the skill levels necessary to use technology and the internet in the 21st Century. Digital Literacy is a more comprehensive term that encompasses both internet safety and other internet -related skills which are being developed and taught by school librarians, such as the ability to properly access, evaluate, create and share online information in an appropriate, effective and safe manner.
The legislation only amends terminology used in existing law that currently permits public schools to offer an optional course on internet safety to instead offer an optional course on digital literacy that includes topics like internet safety and other relevant issues pertaining to the use of technology and the internet.
The bill provides greater flexibility to school districts to develop a course that remains current and relevant with changes in both the use of the internet and the technology needed to access the internet.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6479 of 2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The first day of September after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2855 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 24, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to digital literacy instruction THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 814 of the education law, as added by chapter 526 of the laws of 2006, subdivision 3 as added by chapter 545 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: S 814. Courses of study in DIGITAL LITERACY, TO INCLUDE internet safe- ty. 1. Any school district in the state may provide, to pupils in grades kindergarten through twelve, instruction designed to promote the proper and safe use of the internet AND PREPARE STUDENTS TO USE TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET TO ACCESS, EVALUATE, CREATE AND SHARE INFORMATION IN AN APPROPRIATE, EFFECTIVE AND SAFE MANNER. 2. The commissioner shall provide technical assistance to assist in the development of curricula for such courses of study which shall be age appropriate and developed according to the needs and abilities of pupils at successive grade levels in order to provide awareness, skills, information and support to aid in the safe usage of the internet AND TO DEVELOP DIGITALLY LITERATE STUDENTS. 3. The commissioner shall develop age-appropriate resources and tech- nical assistance for schools to provide to students in grades three through twelve and their parents or legal guardians concerning the safe and responsible use of the internet. The resources shall include, but not be limited to, information regarding how child predators may use the internet to lure and exploit children, protecting personal information, internet scams and cyber-bullying. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06734-01-3