Digital Literacy Conference

A Digital Literacy Conference for K12 Educators and Admins

Online | June 4, 2021

Explore digital literacy during a one-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 on June 4, 2021, for a one-day virtual 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.


June 4, 2021





PD Hours



Please contact Brian Bates at with questions.

Session Strands

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.

Computer Literacy
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.

Visual Literacy
Presentations in this strand will focus on understanding algorithms, analyzing images, sketch-noting, and using visual content (including GIFs and memes) to enhance engagement.

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.

Digital Communication
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.

Media Literacy
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).

Digital Tattoos
This strand will consider the impact of your digital tattoo, mapping online spaces, performing data digs, and managing your online persona.

Digital Citizenship
This strand will share resources and discuss cyberbullying, digital wellness, screentime, civic action and responsibilities, and existing digital citizenship resources.

This strand will share existing resources related to digital literacy including Open Educational Resources.

Detailed Schedule