Another Summer Conference in the Books

It’s DLC week at Fordham.  This is my favorite week of the year because I get to see some of the DLC teachers IN PERSON for three days in a row!

Tuesday we prepped for our annual conference, which was really, just amazing.  I love these teachers.  I love their passion.  I love that they are willing to take risks and share their practice so that others can be inspired by them.

Amanda Lenhart started us off with an interesting talk about teens and social media use.  Our #FordhamDLC chat came alive as participants digested the stats she shared, and, as one person said, it was on fire the rest of the day.

Here is a Storify of the day.  Give it a read.  You’ll learn something.  I did putting it together.

Thursday we gathered for a writing workshop, and as always, these teacher-writers inspired me (hence my commitment to finish and publish my Storify).

We will be looking for new members to join our group  in September.  I can’t wait to see what we learn next together.

 

DLC Demo Night

Join us on April 6 from 5-7PM at the Fordham Lincoln Center campus (room 1116) for our spring demo night.  Emilie Jones will present “Playing with Podcasts,” and we will share in DLC fellowship.

Demo night kicks off the 2016 DLC Institute, which culminates with our summer conference and writing workshop.  We hope you will consider presenting your practice or attending some of the institute sessions to give feedback to presenters.  Please sign up here.

Announcing the 2016 DLC Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce our third annual conference, to be held on July 13, 2016, at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University.

Amanda Lenhart, Researcher with the Data & Society Research Instittue, will give a keynote titled, “The Shifting Landscape of American Teens’ Social & Digital Media Use”, and we will have elementary, middle, and high school teachers share their own classroom practice related to digital literacies.

Register here.

See our conference flyer, and please share!

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.

Reflection on Digital Is Workshop

by Anne Lenzini

 

What is it and how does it work?

A few of us from Dr. Turner’s Media Literacy and Technology course attended a workshop led byTroy Hicks about Digital Is. Digital Is is a knowledge base for teachers and educators to share resources that explore how to teach writing in the digital age. Ivelisse, an educator attending the workshop, described Digital Is as a support group of educators wanting to increase their use of technology in the classroom, and I think she is absolutely right.

In this forum, teachers can add blog posts, comment on blog posts, create Resources for educators, or compile those resources into Collections. During the workshop with Dr. Hicks, we focused primarily on understanding what a Digital Is Resource is and began the production of our own Resources. A Resource in Digital Is often feels like a blog post, sometimes with multiple sub-posts, that reflect on or encourage the use of digital literacy in schools. Resources range from posts about successful projects that incorporate video making or Facebook into an ELA or Social Studies classroom to larger “calls to action” around digital collaboration and planning.

Why use Digital Is?

There are a number of reasons to visit this site including accessing Resources to inspire oneself to play with new technology in the classroom, exploring progressive philosophies driving the digital movement in education, finding practical resources about how to incorporate technology into the classroom, and reading reflections on how to improve the use of technology in schools. As Cassie mentioned during the workshop, an educator can start at Digital Is to see when a technology works best by reading saavy educator’s reflections rather than relying on trial and error in ones own classroom.

How would I use Digital Is as a new teacher?

As a consumer, I will visit Digital Is to expose myself to veteran educators who have creatively integrated technology into their classroom. I will use their Resources as a jumping off point for my own brainstorming and unit/lesson planning. I will collaborate with other educators to ensure I am “standing on the shoulders of giants” rather than working in silos.

As a writer, I can share my own experiences (successes and failures) around integrating technology, I can share my planning process for deciding which technologies to include in my classroom, and share ideas for how to best implement new technology. The Resource I drafted during the workshop would include an introductory post explaining my need for one platform that holds me accountable for being an organized educator. It would explain the need for a software that lets me communicate easily and efficiently with my students, allows them to see an overview of what assignments they are expected to complete, allows me to easily offer feedback on their work, and track their progress and grades. Ideally, it would be software that enables communication amongst students and seamlessly integrates with Google Documents. I would add at least three sub-posts that would be linked from the introductory post. These would include graphics and tables explaining my decision-making process, tips for software set-up that include screen shots for any challenging or confusing user interfaces, and ongoing teacher and student reflection on the software.

Personal Reflection

My biggest take away from the workshop that I would like to share with you is three-fold: 1) we, as educators, are responsible for collaborating with our peers both inside and outside of our school buildings, 2) we are, therefore, responsible for seeking out powerful tools and forums that will allow us to collaborate and hold us accountable for growth as we continue teaching, and 3) Digital Is is the perfect forum to continue professional development, networking, reflection, and growth around teaching writing and digital literacy in today’s overwhelmingly fast-paced digital world.

This workshop also served to remind me that, even though I am a new teacher, my voice is worth hearing. I should not be afraid; in fact, I should be excited to share my reflections on teaching and incorporating technology into my classroom, especially given my steep learning curve. I will begin by consuming Resources in Digital Is, knowing that I will eventually be a writer will hold me accountable to deeper reflection on my practice and will give that reflection purpose with an audience of educators.