Essential Skill 1: Reading Text
Reading sentences or paragraphs. For example: notes, letters, emails, magazines, manuals, regulations, books, reports, product labels, legal agreements. Includes words on paper and words on a screen.
Essential Skill 2: Document Use
Understanding visual images such as graphs, lists, tables, drawings, symbols, signs, maps, labels, forms, x-rays. The visual display or arrangement gives meaning to the content.
Essential Skill 3: Numeracy
Using numbers and being able to think in terms of “amounts”. For example: Money math, Scheduling or budgeting/accounting, Measurement/calculation, Data analysis, and Estimation may require solving problems by using numbers.
Essential Skill 4: Writing
Writing words to share ideas. For example: Writing notes, emails, letters, reports, orders, logbook entries, text messages. Includes “pen and paper” writing and keyboarding.
Essential Skill 5: Oral Communication
Speaking and listening to share thoughts or information. For example: greeting, telling stories, giving advice, sharing ideas, facilitating, coordinating tasks, explaining, discussing. Can be face-to-face, or using technology.
Essential Skill 6: Working With Others
Interacting with family, friends, community members, students and co-workers to accomplish tasks together.
Essential Skill 7: Thinking Skills
Using your brain to: Solve problems, Make decisions, Think critically, Plan and organize tasks, Remember and Find information
Essential Skill 8: Digital Technology
Using technology. For example: computers, cell phones, GPs, digital cameras, iPods, and MP3s, gaming devices, computerized cash registers, Blackberries, iPhones. Includes using the Internet and email.
Essential Skill 9: Continuous Learning
Gaining skills and knowledge throughout life. Includes: Learning how to learn, Understanding your learning style, Knowing how to find resources and learning opportunities.
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Decoda has developed a system where learners can be awarded digital badges for skills achieved.
Badges are awarded through community literacy programs, not through the website.
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The sound of kids learning the Ojibway language fills the hallways at École Riverbend Community School in Winnipeg.
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