The best part of the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy was being able to choose an inquiry project that was immediately applicable to my work. Since school started I’ve already helped several elementary teachers start a class blog that encourages the use of academic language with their families at home.  Students are using the blog to ask questions and respond to each other’s work in ways that promote analytical thinking. They are collaborating in ways that would not be possible if they only had access to their own work. The teachers also love that students are learning how to participate constructively in an online community and develop a responsible digital identity. Can’t wait for next summer!

Caroline Stabile (Tier 1, 2017)

The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy 2017 at the University of Rhode Island not only expanded my understanding of what digital literacy is, but also increased my concept of the scope of digital literacy and my role within that system. The time spent connecting with fellow advocates of digital literacy from various backgrounds helped me see the broad network affected by my actions as an educator. Prior to the Institute, I believed digital literacy to be something primarily addressed with students in traditional school settings. Through discussion, collaboration, presentations, and “hands-on, minds-on” experiences at the Institute, I now see the inclusive implications of digital and media literacy for all global citizens, regardless of age, profession, location, etc. We, as citizens of this world, have a responsibility to not only become digitally literate, but to help others through modeling, advocating, and acknowledging the dynamic nature of digital literacy.

Meg Jones (Tier 1, 2017)

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