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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?”

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!