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Explore digital literacy during a two-day professional learning opportunity
for teachers, administrators, technology coaches, and library media specialists.
On average, young adults today spend nearly 10 hours a day consuming media, including at school and in their free time. Within that timeframe, they can be exposed to thousands of media messages – some of which require extra effort to analyze and contextualize.
Do these young adults fully understand what they are seeing on a daily basis? Can they distinguish between real or altered content? Now more than ever, digital literacy — the ability to use technology to locate, evaluate, interpret, and create information — is a critical skill that needs attention if students are going to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Join education stakeholders from around Illinois for a two-day conference centered on digital literacy, with presenters offering their views on how to best integrate this new literacy into instruction across subject areas and grade levels. With this knowledge, educators will be better able to guide their students toward becoming productive, ethical, and empathetic digital citizens – both as consumers and as creators.
September 12 & 13, 2024
In-Person (NIU Naperville) & Online
Full Conference | $100
In-Person Workshops Only (9/12) | $75
Virtual Only (9/13) | $40
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Author, “Master the Media: How Teaching Media Can Save Our Plugged-In World”
Instructor, Webster University
Julie Smith is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in media literacy. As a professor at Webster University, she specializes in media literacy, advertising analysis, social media, digital literacy, and Web 2.0 approaches.
A media literacy enthusiast since 1997, Julie now advocates for digital literacy education in schools and a public embrace of – rather than fear of – social media. Her book, Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World, has also been called an “essential guide” for all educators seeking to transform their perspective on digital literacy in the modern classroom.
During her keynote, Julie will reveal the spot where media literacy and SEL meet in the classroom while highlighting activities that simultaneously sharpen proficiency in both. Educators will walk away with concrete ideas for supporting their students’ mental health and fostering digital citizenship skills at every grade level.
Welcome and Opening Remarks (8:30-8:45)
Tim McIlvain – Executive Director, LTC
Opening Keynote (8:50-9:50)
Dr. Kristen Mattson, Edvolve
Media Literacy: Helping Students Make Sense of their Digital World
“I’ll Google it,” K-2 Style!
Know Your (Copy)Rights : What Educators Can and Can’t Use
Internet 101: Stuff You Pretend to Know but Are Afraid to Ask
Critical Consumers Become Creative Curators in the ELA Classroom
Not as Boring as it Sounds: Copyright Made Easy
Social Media and Social Emotional Wellness
Verify B4U Amplify – How2INFORM: Combating Misinformation Online
Vesna Markovic and Kimberly Skubic
Using Online Tools to Foster Communication with Families
Elevate Student Agency Through Video
Sketchnoting for Visual Literacy – You Don’t Need to be an Artist!
Just Click Record! Podcasts for Students or Professional Learning
Applied Digital Skills: Using Project-Based Lessons to Promote Digital and Life Skills
Effective Methods for Finding and Curating OER Materials
Media Literacy with Cross-Curricular Resources
Digital Storytelling in the Primary Classroom
Create Sticky Online Learning for Your Students
Responsible Decision Making: Become Cyber-Secure and Safe Online Today!
Holly Kelly and Eric Mukensturm
We the Consumers: Media Literacy’s Role in Effective Digital Consumerism
Sarah Michelle Clark
Student Voice and Student Choice: Building Solid Student Presentation Skills
The term “digital literacy” encapsulates a series of big ideas centered around helping students become productive, successful digital citizens and consumers. The following strands are big-picture topics with subtopics listed beneath them.
Information & News Literacy
Presentations in this strand will address search skills, finding reliable sources, checking for credibility, and recognizing fake news.
Presentations in this strand will focus on understanding algorithms, analyzing images, sketch-noting, and using visual content (including GIFs and memes) to enhance engagement.
Presentations in this strand will consider the impact of digital communication by discussing different means of communication (i.e. texts, GIFs, emails, etc.), social media, online communities, personal learning networks, rights as citizens and consumers, and social norms.
This strand will consider the impact of your digital tattoo, mapping online spaces, performing data digs, and managing your online persona.
Ethical Use of Digital Resources
This strand will address ethical issues such as copyright, referencing digital resources, making and remixing digital content, and Creative Commons licenses.
This strand will share existing resources related to digital literacy including Open Educational Resources.
This strand will share resources and discuss cyberbullying, digital wellness, screentime, civic action and responsibilities, and existing digital citizenship resources.
Presentations in this strand with share strategies in media literacy topics such as persuasion tactics, big data, media literacy basic concepts, and branding and advertising (along with how to deconstruct media messages).
Presentations in this strand will focus on understanding general computer language and how systems work. It will include sessions on privacy and security, how to protect yourself online, understanding data collection techniques and practical skills to avoid fraud, phishing, spam, etc.