Winter is Coming-So is our conference!

The DLC is getting ready for the #DrewTEACH Developing Digital Literacies Collaborative Winter Conference.  This conference is always one of our favorite days of the year.  We’re very excited to host our first conference at the DLC’s new home, Drew University in Madison, NJ.   

Our keynote, Renee Hobbs, is a leader in the field of media and digital literacies and author of Copyright Clarity, Discovering Media Literacy, and Digital and Media Literacy.  We cannot wait to hear her speak!

Our DLC Teacher Consultants are hard at work perfecting their demos and we’re really proud of the sessions we’ll be offering.  It doesn’t matter if you’re teaching kindergarten or seniors, there will be multiple sessions for every educator, of every subject area.

If you haven’t yet registered for the February 3rd conference, you can do so using this link.    

We’re offering early bird specials and a very special discount to schools who register multiple teachers.  

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DLC 2017-2018 Kick-Off

The 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start for the Digital Literacies Collaborative.  In addition to welcoming thirteen new members we began our work on October 17th,  by discussing Anne Elrod Whitney’s article, “Keeping It Real: Authenticity in the Writing Classroom”.  While our members teach all different subjects and grade levels, we were able to have a deep and meaningful conversation about how to make assessments, units, and lessons real, without feeling contrived and how to prepare for and use failure-both our students’ and our own.  

 

DLC members came to the virtual conversation with a lot of deep questions about their own practice and how to bring Whitney’s work to life in their own classrooms.  We discussed how to cultivate imperfection in our students, especially when we, as educators, aren’t always okay with imperfection ourselves.  We discussed how internet-free writing, across subject areas is a great place to begin this work.  Teachers noted that often times students don’t always trust themselves without using the internet to double-check their thoughts.  We agreed that ensuring facts are true is an important, and necessary skills, it can sometimes stunt good writing and that it’s okay once in awhile to practice this tech free writing when beginning the process.  We also discussed how teachers can model this process of imperfection.

 

Our secondary teachers pushed back on the idea of authentic assignments by questioning what authenticity really is.  Sometimes, it seems, that teachers create assignments that appear in the real-world, but the product doesn’t leave the classroom.  For instance, asking students to write a “blog post”, but never actually posting to a real blog, just means students are writing a traditional report.  This questions got us thinking about how audience creates the authenticity Whitney described in her article.  When students know that their work is going to be read by someone, or a whole lot of someones, beyond their classroom, the stakes are raised and the work becomes real.   The idea of audience also lead us into a conversation about privacy and how to ensure student safety.  

 

The conversation ended with Rebekah bringing up quote a Marian Wright Edelman quote she heard at the 2014 NCTE National Convention. Edelman said, “We must love our children more than we love our comfort zones.”  The quote was the perfect endnote to our conversation and the perfect opening to a year full of inquiry, innovation, and imperfection.  We’re already looking forward to our December meet up and January discussion.

DLC Week is Here!

It’s DLC week!  We will be preparing for the Institute, which will be held Wednesday at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University.  We will also kick off the week’s blog posts with some reflections on digital literacy/ies by Veronica Sczcygiel, a doctoral student in the CLAIR program at Fordham.

Wednesday we host Jonathan Rochelle, product manager at Google and co-founder of Google docs and sheets, as well as some excellent teachers who will share their classroom practices.  Our institute, Developing Digital Literacies, promises to be a fantastic event.

Thursday, DLC  teachers will meet together to explore Digital Is and prepare their own classroom materials for publication.  We will add some reflections to the week by our DLC teachers and other Fordham students.

If you would like to become involved in the work of the DLC, you can complete this application.  We are inviting up to 10 teachers to join us for the upcoming school year.

DLC week is here!

It’s DLC week!  Monday we will be preparing for the Institute, which will be held Tuesday at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University.  We will also kick off the week’s blog posts with some reflections on digital literacy/ies by Jane Ragno, a doctoral student in the CLAIR program at Fordham.

Tuesday we host Sara Kajder and Troy Hicks, as well as some excellent teachers who will share their classroom practices.  Our institute, Developing Digital Literacies, promises to be a fantastic event.

Wednesday, DLC  teachers will meet together to explore Digital Is and prepare their own classroom materials for publication.  They will spend the rest of the week prepping their posts, and we will link them on this blog when they are live.

If you would like to become involved in the work of the DLC, you can complete this application.  We are inviting up to 10 teachers to join us for the 2014-15 school year.

Welcome to the Fordham Digital Literacies Collaborative

Welcome to the Fordham Digital Literacies Collaborative.  This year a group of talented, dedicated teachers in NYC will be studying together, writing together, and thinking hard together about what it means to be literate and what it means to be teachers of literacy.  Our series of book studies begins with Because Digital Writing Matters in July 2013 and will continue through the academic year.  We hope to document our journey and our thinking on this blog.