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Collaboration and the Intersection of Literacies

It becomes more and more clear each day that media literacies are critical to empowering people to make sense of their worlds. The chances of success go up when we are working with the people around us who share the same set of concerns. So it is worth asking around to see where we might … Continue reading Collaboration and the Intersection of Literacies

Culture and Digital Technology in the College Writing Classroom

I teach at a rural two-year college not far from the shore of Lake Superior where we get about 300 inches of snow annually. The mining and forestry industries that once upheld this region have given way to a slow economic decline. This community knows a lot about sharing and collaborating. Just this weekend we … Continue reading Culture and Digital Technology in the College Writing Classroom

Keeping Science Relevant: The Role of Digital Literacy in Elementary Science Education in the 21st Century

In 2008, I was faced with a daunting task- to teach students in grades K-8 Science, Engineering, and Robotics.  Well, I should say that my real job was to preserve their natural curiosity, promote problem-solving skills, and foster a desire to connect new information to previous understandings.  In other words, I had to expose them … Continue reading Keeping Science Relevant: The Role of Digital Literacy in Elementary Science Education in the 21st Century

Considering Barriers to Access in Rural Schools

My overarching question of the 2017 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy had to do with one word: access. After the Institute, I set out to explore different perspectives and experiences with access and what that means for our state of New Mexico. Pondering that one single, but significant word brings about many more questions to resolve … Continue reading Considering Barriers to Access in Rural Schools

Every Teacher Is a Digital Literacy Teacher

I heard about the Summer Institute years before I found a way to get there. I remember reading a description of the Institute and thinking, these are my people. I’d been working in the blended learning space, and had been feeling like we were so focused on just getting edtech tools in teachers’ hands, we … Continue reading Every Teacher Is a Digital Literacy Teacher

#DigitalLiteracyGoals

An announcement for the 2018 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy recently popped up on my Twitter feed. If you’re wondering what it might do for your teaching and learning, read on. I had some very specific goals prior (the result of writing a funding proposal) to making the trip from the midwest to Rhode Island … Continue reading #DigitalLiteracyGoals

Design Studio with the Middle School Community-Part 2

In the second installment of Mark Davis’ blog, he elaborates on the importance of professional development opportunities like the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy and others helped to frame his Design Studio plan at Barrington Middle School. The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy was the ideal model for our curriculum. The Design Studio modeled the … Continue reading Design Studio with the Middle School Community-Part 2

Design Studio with the Middle School Community

21st century learning is an often-cited educational trend. Called by many names, the goal is to prepare highly-skilled students for professional careers and an informed life. At times, people have associated this with technology. However, we often overlook the importance of having powerful connections with our community. We try to use project-based learning, experiential tasks, … Continue reading Design Studio with the Middle School Community

“Are you busy, or are you involved?”

Sometime last year, I was engaged in conversation with a community partner and mentor, Steve Heath. Steve is the executive director of FabNewport, an amazing maker lab with ties to learners of all ages.  He is the kind of guy who spreads joy wherever he goes, and injects enthusiasm into even the dullest of board … Continue reading “Are you busy, or are you involved?”