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Investigating Educator Perceptions of the Digital Impact on Literacy Skills in Cuba

I first attended the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy in 2015. I was looking for outlets in which to share my Master’s research and had been accepted to present a roundtable. As an international educator, I didn’t initially feel connected and I sort of wandered around like an odd duck. I was fascinated by all … Continue reading Investigating Educator Perceptions of the Digital Impact on Literacy Skills in Cuba

Webinar Series: Meet our Blogger Jason Shrontz

In November of 2018, Jason Shrontz shared a blog on his experiences introducing digital tools into a rural community college classroom and how those digital tools could be used to compose multimedia responses and reimagine what constitutes writing in the digital age. In our final Webinar before the 2019 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, listen as … Continue reading Webinar Series: Meet our Blogger Jason Shrontz

Webinar Series: Meet Our Blogger- Michelle Ciccone

Meet Michelle Ciccone! In March 2018, Michelle Ciccone shared her experience working as a Middle School Technology Integration Specialist and how the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy impacted the way she thought about and worked with teachers.  For the second part of Spring into Digital Literacy Webinar series, looking back at past bloggers, Michelle shares … Continue reading Webinar Series: Meet Our Blogger- Michelle Ciccone

Webinar Series: Meet Our Blogger- Carrie Kelly

Meet Carrie Kelly! In a January blog post, Carrie Kelly shared her transition from School Librarian to Technology Integration Specialist and how the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy gave her new ideas and the confidence to design and deliver PD opportunities for middle schools teachers. In the first of our webinar series looking back at … Continue reading Webinar Series: Meet Our Blogger- Carrie Kelly

Reinventing Literacy in the IU13 Region: A New Professional Development Initiative

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 is an educational service agency in central Pennsylvania.  Our Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC for short) provides professional learning, onsite instructional coaching, and consultative services to our twenty-two member school districts and our non-public schools.  The focus of our work is in the area of K-12 literacy. Consequently, we were drawn … Continue reading Reinventing Literacy in the IU13 Region: A New Professional Development Initiative

Creativity Takes Courage

It’s true- Creativity does take courage. And, learning how to create with digital tools can be daunting when you have little or no experience using them. At the same time you know that at a certain point, you have to decide whether you will take the chance of being outside of your comfort zone or … Continue reading Creativity Takes Courage

Revisiting Struggles & Tensions in Implementing Digital Literacies: Another Perspective

In 2017, I wrote a two-part blog post (Part 1 & Part 2) focused on my experiences at the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy as I shifted from classroom teacher to district technology integration coach. I shared several conversations with classroom teachers which led me to recognize how various perspectives on technology and digital literacy … Continue reading Revisiting Struggles & Tensions in Implementing Digital Literacies: Another Perspective

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