Northern Virginia
Urban League
1315 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-836-2858
Fax: 703-836-8948

Digital Connector Curriculum


Digital Connectors


The Digital Connector overall goal is to help youth develop the 21st century knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the modern world, skills such as global awareness, civic engagement, technology literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving and life skills.

Each Activity will teach to one or more of the 12 Core Competencies we have identified as being essential for every Digital Connector to practice.

12 Core Competencie

1. Leadership & Diversity
2. Personal Development
3. Workforce Development
4. Financial Literacy
5. Community Mapping
6. Digital Literacy
7. Hardware & Networks
8. Software & Programming
9. Media Production & Civic Journalism
10. Environment & Sustainability
11. Service & Global Engagement
12. Teaching & Facilitation

12 Core Competencies Defined

1. Leadership and Diversity - A core goal of Digital Connectors program is to foster the development of a new generation of culturally aware leaders.  Students will learn and practice group leadership skills, team building, active listening, critical thinking and diversity awareness

Sample Skill Set: Group Dynamics, Innovation, Diversity, Listening, Responsibility, Communication, Problem Solving, Project Planning, Organization, Brainstorming, Setting Boundaries, Teamwork, Public Speaking, Peer Critiquing, Peer Teaching, Relationship Management, Discrimination, Stereotypes

2. Personal Development - Individual growth is essential to creating strong and stable young adults.  To accomplish this goal, the program focuses on personal and interpersonal awareness, time management, giving feedback and self-direction.

Sample Skill Set: Community Service, Personal Goal Setting, Hygiene, Health Awareness, Body Image, Speaking, Listening, Posture, Time Management, Balance, Relationship Management, Etiquette, Character, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Initiative, Self-Direction

3. Workforce Development - Digital Connectors seeks to assist students develop as future workers, gaining office skills, learning project and time management and understanding workplace etiquette.

Sample Skill Set: Careers, College, Resumes, Business Cards, Innovation, Goal Setting, Cover Letter, Mission Statement, Etiquette, Organization, Keyboarding, Research, Computer Operating Systems, Interviews, Telephone, MS Excel, Google Spreadsheets, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Mail

4. Financial Literacy - Understanding money and personal finance is a critical skill students must acquire as they become more self-responsible.  The program helps students understand budgets, basic personal banking, interest, saving and pay-scales.

Sample Skill Set: Entrepreneurship, Budgets, Financial Planning, Problem Solving, Basic Math, Percentages, Averages, Interest, Return / Investment, Cost of Goods, Business Banking, Basic Accounting, Banking, Saving, Compound Interest, Loans

5. Community Mapping - To understand and help improve digital deficiencies in their communities, students will learn community service mapping for technology, human and natural resources.

Sample Skill Set: Map Skills, Navigation, Asset Mapping, Basic Data Statistical Analysis, Needs Mapping, Define Community, Interview Technique, Public Speaking, Research, Data Management, Statistics Basics, Collaboration, Community Inquiry Cycle, GIS, Google Maps, GPS, Google Earth, Survey Data

6. Digital Literacy - Student will learn the skills necessary to communicate with the world in multiple media formats  in a healthy, safe and responsible manner.

Sample Skill Set: Internet Safety, Internet and Web, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Internet Etiquette, Website Design, Media Deconstruction, Media Production, Media Literacy, Marketing, Digital Mapping, Adobe Photoshop, Slogan Tagline, Letter to Editor, BlogsBlogs, Advertising Technique, Corporate Letter, Research, Online Publishing, Survey Data, Media Terminology, Media Ownership, Internet Terminology, Site Maps

7. Hardware and Networks - To better understand the digital world, it is critical to understand the technology that makes it all possible.  Students will learn the basics of computer, mobile and information technology.

Sample Skill Set: Computer Parts, Computer Terms, Networking, DSL / Cable, Computer Operation, Computer History, Network Installation, Network Monitoring, Broadband Education, Network Adoption, Mobile Technology, Using Cameras

8. Software and Programming - Software and programming are the skills needed to create the digital world we live in.  Students will learn about software installation and removal as well as the basics of programming languages.
Sample Skill Set: Installing Programs, Removing Programs, Maintenance, Programming, Basic Flash, Basic and Advanced HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Connectivity, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, Microsoft Movie Maker, Virus Software, Browsers, File Management, Adobe Photoshop, Google Spreadsheets, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Mail, Google Sites

9. Media Production and Civic Journalism - Understanding mass media and its basic concepts are an important skill in decoding the world and how it is presented.  Students will further their understand of this by focusing on mass media communication, journalism and broadcasting.

Sample Skill Set: Storytelling, Video Production, Publishing, Storyboarding, Scripting, Production Roles, Interview Technique, Lighting, Music Production, Audio Skills, The Media, Media Purposes, Producer Responsibility, Planning, Microsoft Movie Maker, Photography, Film/Camera Terms, Basic Story Elements, Adobe Photoshop, Research, Plot Structures, Target Audiences, Writing & Editing

10. Environment and Sustainability - Building greener communities is of benefit to students and their families. The program will raise awareness of recycling, reusing and conserving in relation to technology and community.

Sample Skill Set: Green Jobs, Green Living, Innovation, Research, Business Plan, Community Service, Computer Recycling, Community Development, Alternative Energy, Social Enterprise

11. Service and Global Citizenry - A key aspect of the digital world is understanding the inter-connectedness of people. The program draws on other competencies to foster awareness of local and global relationships and responsibility.

Sample Skill Set: Geography, Current Events, Communication, Service Training, Global Awareness, Defining Service, Fundraising, Project Planning, Community Interaction, Democracy, Conducting Surveys, Survey Questions, Marketing Fliers

12. Teaching and Facilitation - Those who can teach develop a deeper understanding of their subject while helping others and being of service. This program uses skills from all competencies to teach facilitation, teaching and presentation skills.

Sample Skill Set: Meetings, Planning Activities, Tracking Activities, Documentation, Tracking, Peer Critiquing, Peer Teaching, Learning Evaluation, Self Evaluation, Statistics, Group Discussion, Community Teaching  

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