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Get Lit! Digital Literacy in the K-12 Classroom

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 23, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: 120BC

Ana Hale  
Podcasts, videos, infographics, and pictures – so much information is transmitted to learners using these media. This session will provide educators with strategies to support teaching digital literacy skills. Participants will focus on ways to scaffold learning using a variety of digital media.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session, participants will:
• understand what digital literacy is and why it is a skill that needs to be taught explicitly
• learn about web-based tools to locate resources for digital literacy lessons
• discover how to integrate digital literacy into their daily practice by linking opportunities to bring in digital media to their standards-based lessons.

Podcasts, videos, infographics, and pictures – so much information is transmitted to learners using these media. Rich media resources evokes students’ voice by creating an environment of questioning texts and seeking answers to those questions.

Digital literacy is the ability to identify, categorize, evaluate, analyze and create media in digital formats. ISTE-S 3b encourages students to think creatively and apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas. Digital media creates opportunities for students to think in new ways by utilizing critical thinking skills. Students see and hear digital media in the forms of pictures, graphics, video/film, and podcasts multiple times a day; they are inundated with digital media appealing to their visual and auditory senses. They need strategies and skills to help them make meaning of these media types.

In this session, learn how to guide students’ curiosity to critically evaluate digital media. You will learn several strategies to help you effectively teach digital media in your classroom. Learn about free tools to pull rich, relevant digital media into your lessons.

Digital media grounds your lessons in authentic learning opportunities for students. Using the New York Times education blog, NPR, various podcasts, pictures, graphs, and film you will find an amazing amount of digital texts for your students to explore that compliments your standards. With the help of over 120 digital media integration strategies from Discovery Education, teachers can find strategies that are right from their students and the standards they are learning.

Evidence of success will consist of participants identifying sources for digital media, strategies for teaching digital media, and research that supports the teaching of digital media.


• Welcome and Introduction 3 mins
• Review definition of Digital Literacy  2 mins
• Participants hands-on activity: The AEIOU Strategy and video 8 mins
• Small group discussion: SOS strategies from Discovery Education – Free Resource 7 Mins
• Whole group participation: Reading pictures – What’s Going On In This Picture from the NTY Learning Blog 10 mins
• Small group discussion: Is Fake News New News? Podcasts for use in the classroom – The Cannonball Picture 10 mins
• Closing and Q and A

Supporting research

The Disconnect Between Digital Literacy Trends and Educational RealitiesBY (Zygouris-Coe) Feb 16, 2018

Guidelines for Supporting Teachers in Teaching Digital Literacy 2017

No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait

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Ana Hale, Kennesaw State University

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