Consuming, Connecting, Caring: Embrace New Literacies to Succeed in a Digital World

Location: Room 217BC

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Lecture]

Wednesday, June 28, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: Room 217BC

Dr. Alec Couros  
Take an eyes-wide-open journey into the daily reality of students to understand the unique challenges of growing up digital. Then, focusing on the key literacies that help us consume, connect, and care, explore practices and activities that help students thrive in our networked world.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Literacies for the digital age
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Students : Empowered learner
Students : Digital citizen
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In our digital world, our students face previously unimaginable challenges as they learn and play, and our schools have a responsibility to prepare young people to face these challenges. Unfortunately, too many educators lack an in-depth understanding of the new networked and participatory worlds in which our students live. As such, they are not always prepared to plan instruction that will help students effectively develop the many new and emerging literacies needed to thrive in today’s digital culture.

In order to help educators better meet the challenges of teaching today’s digital learners, this presentation will move beyond simplistic narratives of the “digital native” to describe the reality of children who have grown up online. Participants will take an in-depth look at our digital reality, including an overview of the most recent apps and tools and the implications they have for teaching and learning. As well, using the new literacies needed to consume, connect, and care as a framework, participants will be introduced to a number of rich examples of teachers and students who are engaged in innovative work in the digital realm. Participants will also have access to a large collection of resources available in digital format.

Participants will leave the session with:
- An in-depth understanding of the digital reality of our students
- An understanding of recent popular tools and apps, as well as the implications for teaching and learning
- A sense of the scope the new literacies needed to thrive in a digital world, include those literacies that help us consume, connect, and care in online spaces.
- A large collection of examples, practices, and activities that they can bring into their classroom in order to address the new literacies needed to succeed.


In this session, participants will first gain a deeper understanding of the digital reality of students by exploring current trends, shifts in culture, and other unique and emerging aspects of today’s world. As well, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of strategies and activities that they can use in their classrooms to help their students consume information safely and critically, connect meaningfully and effectively with a global audience, and practice care both for themselves and for others in their communities and around the world. Roughly the same amount of time will be spent on both topics.

This session will be delivered as a highly engaging lecture, with the inclusion of multiple videos, a storied approach to the presentation, and the use of rich, real-life examples.

Supporting research

The development of students’ digital literacy and digital citizenship is increasingly recognized as a key area of focus for schools, backed by organizations such as ISTE and the NCTE as well as numerous experts and authors.

The ideas presented in this session are based on extensive research, interviews, and discussions with teachers, students, administrators, and parents. Additionally the examples shown have been curated specifically to highlight activities that address ISTE standards and have been employed successfully by practicing educators.



Dr. Alec Couros, University of Regina

learning starts here

San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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