EdTech Next

Join the LTC in picturesque Galena for a two-day kick-off to the new school year. Designed for teachers, principals, instructional coaches, and technology integrationists, EdTech Next offers a one-of-a-kind professional learning experience to help attendees take technology integration to the next level. 

During the conference, we take a deep dive into the 4 Shifts Protocols, a discussion protocol intended to help facilitate educator conversations about deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. Through the lens of the 4 Shifts Protocol, we will help make lessons, units, and instructional activities richer, more robust, and more relevant for the global innovation society in which we now live. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network in person and enjoy an assortment of relaxing amenities around scenic northwest Illinois.

Across Illinois, classrooms are beginning to offer renewed opportunities for in-person learning. Now is the time to establish a new normal and make today’s digital learning apps, platforms, and best practices part of every classroom’s pedagogy going forward.

Spaces for this intimate event are limited, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Media Literacy – Helping Students Make Sense of Their Digital World (South Cook)

Can your students spot fake news? Do they know how to evaluate sources for research? Are they aware of how social media works and its impact on their everyday life?

Today’s students are immersed in more digital media than any previous generation, making media literacy skills more critical than ever. Join this session to develop your own media literacy awareness, explore relevant resources and lesson materials, and prepare to teach key media literacy concepts to your students.

This workshop will be interactive; you will experience lessons the way students will – rich with self-reflection, analysis, and discussion. This workshop is also geared towards grades 6-12, and will address the new Media Literacy mandate in HB0234.

Please bring a device (laptop, Chromebook, tablet) to this event. Lunch will be provided.

Media Literacy: Helping Students Make Sense of their Digital World

Can your students spot fake news? Do they know how to evaluate sources for research? Are they aware of how social media works and its impact on their everyday life? Our students are immersed in more digital media than any previous generation, making media literacy skills more critical than ever. Join this session to develop your own media literacy awareness, explore resources and lesson materials, and prepare to teach key concepts to your students so they can safely access, analyze, and create digital media. This session will be interactive as you will experience lessons the way students will – rich with self-reflection, analysis, and discussion.

This workshop is geared towards grades 6-12, and will address the new Media Literacy mandate in HB0234.
Please bring a device (laptop, Chromebook, tablet) to this event.

Share What Works in Digital Literacy @ #DigLitCon

Mark your calendars! The LTC-hosted Digital Literacy Conference is returning this fall, offering teachers, administrators, technology coaches, and library media specialists a focused opportunity to discover what works in teaching digital literacy.

Right now, we’re searching for educators like you with proven experience teaching digital citizenship, media literacy, digital ethics, and more. Consider submitting a proposal and joining this year’s team of standout presenters!

Digital Literacy Conference 2022 FAQ

What is DigLitCon?

Digital Literacy Conference was created to meet the needs of Illinois’ K-12 teachers, administrators, tech coaches, and library media specialists as they strive to utilize effective digital literacy strategies and resources.

Now in its second year, DigLitCon continues to offer a unique opportunity for digital literacy stakeholders to gather together and discover new tools, instructional practices, and connections. Last year, over 150 participants from Illinois and abroad walked away with the skills and knowledge needed to foster a new generation of productive, ethical, and empathetic digital citizens.

Who Can Submit a Proposal?

All K-12 educators, tech coaches, and library media specialists with experience teaching digital literacy concepts are encouraged to submit a proposal for DigLitCon. Those selected will have an opportunity to lead a 50-minute virtual session on September 16, 2022.

What Topics will be Covered at DigLitCon?

“Digital literacy” is a broad concept, made up of numerous individual competencies that empower an individual to skillfully engage with digital spaces. That’s why this year, prospective speakers are encouraged to submit presentation proposals that fall under one or more of the following strands:

  • Information & News Literacy
  • Computer Literacy
  • Visual Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Ethical Uses of Digital Resources
  • Digital Communications
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Tattoos & Online Privacy

Full descriptions for each strand can be found on the DigLitCon homepage.

Submit a Session Proposal Today!

If you’re passionate about digital literacy, DigLitCon wants to hear from you. Submit a proposal today so that your peers across Illinois have the opportunity to learn from your perspectives on this evolving field.

Media Literacy: Helping Students Make Sense of their Digital World

Can your students spot fake news? Do they know how to evaluate sources for research? Are they aware of how social media works and its impact on their everyday life? We are immersed in more digital media than any previous generation, making media literacy skills more critical than ever. Join this session to develop your own media literacy awareness, explore resources and lesson materials, and prepare to teach key concepts to your students so they can safely access, analyze, and create digital media. This session will be interactive as you will experience lessons the way students will – rich with self-reflection, analysis, and discussion.

This workshop is geared towards grades 6-12, and will address the new Media Literacy mandate in HB0234.
Please bring a device (laptop, Chromebook, tablet) to this event.

Media Literacy: Helping Students Make Sense of their Digital World

Can your students spot fake news? Do they know how to evaluate sources for research? Are they aware of how social media works and its impact on their everyday life? Our students are immersed in more digital media than any previous generation, making media literacy skills more critical than ever. Join this session to develop your own media literacy awareness, explore resources and lesson materials, and prepare to teach key concepts to your students so they can safely access, analyze, and create digital media. This session will be interactive as you will experience lessons the way students will – rich with self-reflection, analysis, and discussion.

This workshop is geared towards grades 6-12, and will address the new Media Literacy mandate in HB0234

Media Literacy: Helping Students Make Sense of their Digital World

Students today are immersed in digital media, making media literacy skills more critical than ever. How can we as educators help our students become more media literate? How can we help them uncover their own biases, and those of media producers? How can we help students become excellent digital citizens, both in and out of the classroom? Are we doing everything we can to teach them the skills they need to safely navigate, consume, and even produce media on the Internet?

Join this workshop to answer these questions and develop your own media literacy awareness, as well as receive and share resources and lesson plans that can make media literacy accessible and engaging to all middle and high school learners. In order to fully participate in this workshop, please bring a device (laptop, Chromebook, or tablet).