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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

Creating Legacy Through Media

  “Pride, tradition, excellence… three pillars upon which the achievements and dreams of students who have gone before us are built. With the new Gismondi Center for Media Arts Uniontown, students get an opportunity to build a fourth pillar, innovation. This learning environment represents a paradigm shift! No longer are students passive recipients of material … Continue reading Creating Legacy Through Media

Developing Reading and Speaking Fluency using Readers’ Theater in the Digital World

As many teachers have experienced, I wondered if I was incorporating various digital tools into daily instruction effectively. Were the digital experiences I provided fun add-ons, or did they really enhance instruction? To address this concern, I attended the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy at the University of Rhode Island in 2017, where I was … Continue reading Developing Reading and Speaking Fluency using Readers’ Theater in the Digital World

Digital Media Literacy Opportunities Galore!

Digital Media Literacy Opportunities Galore! The Consequences of Attending the URI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy I peered across the dim expanse of the art space, AS220 as I participated in “speed dating.” In a whirlwind I met librarian, Brooke; media consultant, Jen; and English educator, Erica. We formed dyads, shared lots of laughter, and … Continue reading Digital Media Literacy Opportunities Galore!

That One Comment…

THAT ONE COMMENT We hear so much, but sometimes listen to so little. How one person’s comment rattled me for the better. Almost every sentence uttered at the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy is Tweetable - snack size, packed with punch, and something you know will resonate with others. But one comment - one comment … Continue reading That One Comment…

Small Conversations: Using Tech to Explore the Power and Possibility in Personal Communication

Margaret Wheatley, author of Turning to One Another (one of my favorite texts to keep me hopeful about humanity), said in her 2000 Kansas Health Foundation keynote, “Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.” Over the last five years in my work with three organizations filled with people who … Continue reading Small Conversations: Using Tech to Explore the Power and Possibility in Personal Communication

Inquiry to Ignition

I love surprises.  And my trip to Providence for the 2017 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy was full of them: The Rhode Island School of Design College Building, where I booked a room, is not only historic, it also houses the ornate and eclectic Fleet Library, home to thousands of volumes and periodicals about architecture, … Continue reading Inquiry to Ignition

Reimagining Classroom Practices in the Age of Digital Media

The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy was fantastic. During this week, my perceptions of digital literacy changed completely. I went into the Summer Institute with the mindset that I would use this opportunity to learn how to use new digital tools. By the end of the week, I learned how to create a digital environment … Continue reading Reimagining Classroom Practices in the Age of Digital Media

Struggles & Tensions in Implementing Digital Literacies: Perspectives Matter- Part 2

In my previous post, I shared a bit about my journey to the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy and my own personal transformation. It was evident, the Institute prompted me to take a step back and rethink how I approached coaching conversations and supported teachers with technology and digital literacies. When I returned to my … Continue reading Struggles & Tensions in Implementing Digital Literacies: Perspectives Matter- Part 2