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Navigating the Rabbit Holes: Tech in the Classroom

I am a Technology Integration Specialist. My job is to help my school -- students and teachers -- use technology more: more thoughtfully, more authentically, more professionally, more skillfully. More. I know that this is important work because the digital skills we believe are native to post-Millennials must, in fact, be developed and practiced. Certainly, … Continue reading Navigating the Rabbit Holes: Tech in the Classroom

From School Library Media Specialist to Technology Integrationist: Transitions & Preparations

“Why did you ever want to leave being the school librarian? It has to be one of the best jobs!” I’m used to hearing some sort of iteration of the above question or statement regularly from my colleagues, family, and friends. After 10 years as a school librarian in a variety of settings, I had … Continue reading From School Library Media Specialist to Technology Integrationist: Transitions & Preparations

One School’s Journey Toward Digital Literacy

A culture of collaboration and integration imbues Sowams School, a K - 3 elementary school in Barrington, RI. 260 students in 12 classrooms share 60 iPads, 90 classroom Chromebooks, and 30 library Chromebooks. Following the 2017 Summer Institute, Sowams established a Digital Literacy Team. Members include classroom teachers (all grades - K,1,2,3), Reading Specialist, Enrichment … Continue reading One School’s Journey Toward Digital Literacy

Flipgrid Magic: Innovating an Online Career Course

This past summer I took my first Digital Literacy course. To say I was a novice downplays how much I did not know about digital literacy and how ill-equipped I felt to experiment with different technologies.  A career counselor by trade, most of my work involves face to face interaction with students. However, I also … Continue reading Flipgrid Magic: Innovating an Online Career Course

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