My colleague Kristen Hawley Turner and I have been thinking about the integration of technologies into instruction, specifically toward the development of digital literacies, for a long time, and we are looking for collaborators for our next project.
Recently, we were fortunate enough to have an article published in English Journal, “Digital Literacy (Still) Can’t Wait: Renewing and Reframing the Conversation,” which was a follow-up to our 2013 piece, “No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait.” We are also fortunate to know that many of you have used one or both of these pieces in your own work and methods courses, and for that we thank you!
Now, we are looking ahead to what’s next. Here is something we want to try in 2023 with like-minded colleagues.
Here is the ask of you as potential collaborators:
- In the next few weeks, read the 2022 article and share some initial ideas in the NWP Studio (if you need an invitation, please let us know) about the four framing questions that we use to think about integrating digital literacies:
- How do I foster communication between my students?
- How do I allow for accountable collaboration?
- How will my students use digital tools to create, consume, critique and think?
- How will my students revisit, revise, and reflect on their thinking and growth?
- During the winter/spring of 2023, take one “tried and true” lesson in your repertoire and consider new ways to more intentionally integrate a digital literacy component.
- This lesson can be a face-to-face or online lesson.
- The important part is that you rethink the ways in which technology tools could be used to help students develop skills of consumption, curation, creation, collaboration and/or connection while engaging with ELA content.
- As you experiment, join in this conversation in the NWP Teacher Studio so we can have an on-going discussion about this amongst colleagues.
- If there is interest among the group, we may also host a few Zoom meetings to share and think together, but that will come later on.
Where is all of this going? Well, we aren’t entirely sure, but that’s OK! We are planning, at minimum, to organize a roundtable session proposal for NCTE 2023 in Columbus, OH and then take the conversation from there. The NCTE proposal is due January 18, and we will do the heavy lifting of getting the proposal written and submitted.
So, interested in joining us as we think about the intentional integration of digital literacies?
In addition to leaving a comment here, please take a moment to complete this brief Google form by January 11, 2023, so we can learn a bit more about you and what you might like to do in this collaboration. We will then work quickly from January 9th to 18th to get our proposal together.
The form asks you to share some basic contact info, a bit about your teaching context, and thoughts on the lesson you are thinking about “rethinking” with digital literacies (2-3 sentence description).
Again, we would appreciate it if you could share your interest by Wednesday, January 11, 2023, and we will be back in touch soon after.
Kristen and Troy
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