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Computer Literacy



Hawthorne Education Center is a Sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards.  Through learning, assessments and proctored tests, students can gain a certificate in Computer Literacy.

There are seven modules in all but students can take any combination of the seven modules.  Core modules include Basic Computer Use, World Wide Web, the Windows 7 Operating system, E-Mail Use and Microsoft Word. Additional modules are available for Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Social Media and the Apple OS X operating system.

There is no cost involved in taking the Northstar Assessments and Certificate tests.

For more information about the Northstar Digital Literacy Project click here.

For information about the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards click here.



The  Microsoft PowerPoint module is now available in the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. The standards for the PowerPoint assessment are available here: (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

In addition, work is just beginning on a new Information Literacy module  



15 Hawthorne Education Center students have now passed 5 or more Northstar Digital Literacy proctored tests.  The passing score for a Northstar test is 85%. Our students are averaging just over 94%.

The students have taken assessments through Hawthorne's own Northstar website and have been learning using the LearnerWeb platform.  This means that we are able to monitor student progress and recoup proxy hours for the time spent on both platforms.

If you are interested in learning more about the Northstar Digital Literacy program at Hawthorne please contact Brian Faloon (brfaloon@rochester.k12.mn.us) or Monica Benavidez (mobenavidez@rochester.k12.mn.us).


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