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Rethinking Digital Literacy: Adapting Practices for the 22nd Century

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201C

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Pelham School District
Beginning with a love of books at a young age and insatiable curiosity, Erin was destined to be a librarian. While earning a Master of Information with a focus on school libraries; information literacy and the information landscape became a passion. Since 2018, Erin has been the library media specialist at Pelham High School, meeting students where they are with their information needs, and providing meaningful solutions. Erin’s work is currently focused on information literacy instruction for students and staff with an eye towards forward thinking collaboration. When not in the library, she enjoys reading, working in the gardens, and traveling.
Digital Learning Specialist
Pelham, NH School District
A Kentucky native, Jeanna spent the first nine years of her educational career teaching business education and coaching both girls and boys varsity basketball. After a move to New Hampshire, Jeanna taught nine more years as a high school business teacher at Pelham High School before transitioning into the tech integration realm, serving as the PHS Technology Integrator and Instructional Coach beginning in 2015. Jeanna is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and recently earned an EdD in Educational Technology, focusing her research on teacher perceptions of digital formative assessment and feedback.

Session description

Join us to explore the rapidly changing information landscape, evaluate why some of the tried-and-true strategies that we’ve been teaching for web searches simply aren’t adequate in today’s digital environment, and discuss the ways our pilot program is impacting real change in our district.

Purpose & objective

Teachers both globally and locally are modeling and teaching students to navigate and evaluate digital information using antiquated strategies (such as the Writing by Design evaluation tool and the CRAAP test) that are no longer relevant (Breakstone et al., 2019; Cyr et al., 2021; Pavlouis et al., 2021). Our purpose is to reimprint strategies that are effective in today's evolving digital landscape so that they can model and teach these skills effectively to students.

*Using a timeline, contextualize our digital literacy strategies (Writing by Design, CRAAP, etc.) through the evolution of technology to demonstrate the inadequacy of the strategies
*Reimprint effective strategies that teachers can employ regardless of subject area to teach students to navigate and evaluate digital information.

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15 minutes: Framing of the issues, inadequate strategies being used by teachers, how technology has evolved faster than education has to create this gap

5 minutes: Data to support that our digital natives are not digitally literate

10 minutes: Strategies employed in our district-wide pilot to reimprint new and adequate strategies

25 minutes: Interactive application of new and adequate strategies using device-based activities.

5 minutes: Description and sharing of resources for audience to employ these proven strategies.

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Supporting research

This document includes cited sources that we will employ:

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Session specifications

Digital citizenship
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Any device with a browser will be adequate! :)
Subject area:
Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Data-Driven Decision-Maker
  • Support educators to interpret qualitative and quantitative data to inform their decisions and support individual student learning.
  • Partner with educators to empower students to use learning data to set their own goals and measure their progress.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.