Teens (ages 13-18 ) spend nearly 10 hours a day consuming media. Within that timeframe, they can be exposed to thousands of media messages. Do they understand what they see? Can they distinguish between real or altered content? Digital literacy — the ability to use technology to locate, evaluate, interpret and create information — is a critical skill that needs attention in today’s classrooms.
Join teachers and other education stakeholders for a two-day conference that aims to help us understand and navigate this literacy so we can guide our students to become productive, ethical and empathetic digital citizens.
Proposal applications open: January 2021
Proposal application close: March 2021
Event schedule published: May 2021
Breakout session presenters: Conference registration fee ($75) for presenters and up to one co-presenters will be waived for the full-day event.
Workshop presenters: The presenter will be paid an honorarium of $100 (half-day) or $175 (full-day).
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. Priority will be given to presentations that incorporate SEL in addition to digital literacy.
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 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.
Presentations in this strand will focus on understanding algorithms, analyzing images, using GIFs and MEMEs in education, and sketchnoting.
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.
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.
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).
This strand will consider the impact of your digital tattoo, mapping online spaces, performing data digs, and managing your online persona.
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.