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Developing Digital Literacies
A Framework for Professional Learning

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July 2013 | 200 pages | Corwin

Turn teachers—and students—into tech-savvy digital citizens!

Digital literacies are essential for managing information and communication in our rapidly changing world—but the old scattered approaches to introducing technology have left many teachers playing catch-up with their students. With this authentic, job-embedded professional development program, you’ll help K–12 teachers incorporate digital literacies into their classrooms once and for all.

Using a modular, highly adaptable framework that capitalizes on the personnel and resources you already have available, this comprehensive program includes:

  • Instructions on developing personal learning networks (PLN) for collaborative learning and applying digital literacies in the classroom
  • Tips for maximizing teacher motivation and buy-in
  • Technology-related supports to enable schoolwide curriculum integration
  • A companion website with electronic planning and implementation materials, sample instructional tools, and links to supporting resources

When you empower teachers to harness existing technologies and digital resources, they’ll build upon their teaching expertise—and change the way students learn.


"Summey presents a well-crafted, technology professional development model that is sound in practice, adaptable, and can be easily implemented at the local level. And, as an added bonus, he includes a new digital literacies framework that surrounds the professional development structure and is a stellar model for framing the teaching and learning of the important 21st century skill-set for both educators and students!"
—Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist


 
Foreword, by Patrick Larkin
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. New Literacies in a Digital World
Literacy

 
Defining Digital Literacies

 
Standards

 
The Digital Literacies

 
Emergent Literacies

 
Computer Literacy

 
Cultural Literacy

 
Game Literacy

 
Media Literacy

 
Multimedia Literacy

 
Network Literacy

 
Social Literacy

 
Visual Literacy

 
Web Literacy

 
Multiliteracies

 
Information Literacy

 
New Literacies

 
Digital Literacy

 
Commonalities among Emergent Literacies

 
The Five Digital Literacies

 
Locating and Filtering

 
Sharing and Collaborating

 
Organizing and Curating

 
Creating and Generating

 
Reusing and Repurposing

 
Memes

 
Digital Literacies in the Context of Teaching and Learning

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
2. Professional Development That (Really) Works
Standards

 
Part One: Characteristics of Effective Professional Development

 
Job-Embedded

 
Well-Planned

 
Differentiated

 
Cohesive and Ongoing

 
Common Problems and Pitfalls

 
Technical Issues

 
Logical Issues

 
Affective Issues

 
A Concise, Step-Wise Approach

 
Planning

 
Marketing

 
Implementation

 
Follow-Up

 
Part Two: Professional Development Models, Formats, and Approaches

 
Conferences

 
Virtual Conferences

 
Seminars

 
Workshops

 
Presentations

 
Professional Learning Communities

 
Peer Mentoring

 
Self-Directed Activities

 
Creative Approaches to In-House Professional Development

 
Summer Academy

 
Mini-Conference

 
Unconference

 
After-School Cohorts

 
Lunch-n-Learn / Prep-Period Tune-Ups

 
Webinars

 
Online/On-Demand (“On-Your-Own”)

 
Podcasts

 
Learning Bursts

 
Teachlets

 
Hosting Content

 
Mobile Learning (“On-the-Go”)

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
3. A Framework for Program Development and Implementation
Needs Assessment

 
Creating the Survey

 
Timing Is Key

 
Delivery Method

 
A Modular Approach

 
Faculty Seminars

 
Professional Learning Communities

 
Experimenting: Play Is Okay

 
Collective Knowledge

 
Reflecting

 
Pursuing Results

 
Peer Mentoring

 
Assessment

 
Self-Study

 
Personal Learning Networks

 
Individual Classroom Integration

 
Individual Consultations & Training and Support Resources

 
Program Timeline

 
Program Evaluation

 
Session Evaluations

 
Midpoint and End-of-Year Surveys

 
PLC Share-Out Days

 
Building on the Best

 
Emerging Leaders

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
Chapter 4 Teacher Leaders and Support Structures
Layers of Support

 
Administrative Support and Resources

 
Program Coordinator

 
Planning

 
Large-Group Training

 
Train the Trainer

 
Participant Leaders

 
Support Site

 
Individualized Support

 
Looking for Leaders

 
Opinion Leaders

 
The Three L’s of Leadership

 
80/20 Principles

 
Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN)

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
Chapter 5 Promoting Buy-In and Active Participation
Making the Positive Pitch

 
Common Challenges

 
Time and Scheduling

 
Apathy and Burnout

 
Poor Quality and Lack of Substance

 
Marketing Your Program

 
Creating a Brand for Your Program

 
Advertising

 
Publicity

 
Public Relations

 
Making the Sale

 
The Importance of Relationships

 
Leveraging Intrinsic Motivation

 
Breaking Down Barriers

 
Incentivizing Teacher Participation

 
How to Tank a Teaser

 
Door Prizes

 
Instructional Materials

 
Release Time

 
Salary Schedule Advancement

 
Mini-Grants

 
Presenter Compensation

 
Making the Connection to the Classroom

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
Chapter 6 Long-Term Planning: Ensuring a Lasting Impact
An Embedded Approach

 
Resources and Support

 
Professional Growth Plans

 
Accountability

 
Faculty Turnover, Base Training, and Recalibration

 
Personal Learning Networks

 
The Plan

 
Tracks and Strands

 
Recognition Programs

 
Developing a Digital Literacies Action Plan

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
Chapter 7 The Tools of Technology
Locating and Filtering

 
What Is It?

 
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

 
Related Tools

 
Examples in Teaching and Learning

 
Sharing and Collaborating

 
What Is It?

 
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

 
Related Tools

 
Examples in Teaching and Learning

 
Organizing and Curating

 
What Is It?

 
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

 
Related Tools

 
Examples in Teaching and Learning

 
Creating and Generating

 
What Is It?

 
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

 
Related Tools

 
Examples in Teaching and Learning

 
Reusing and Repurposing

 
What Is It?

 
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

 
Examples in Teaching and Learning

 
Related Tools

 
Mobile Learning

 
Digital Literacies Integration Plan

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

"I believe this work will be instrumental in moving some along in their thinking about 21st century skills, developing well rounded young people who are capable of global thought, and capitalizing upon the tremendous resources available at our fingertips. I feel energized and eager to explore some of the options."

Judith A. Rogers, K-5 Mathematics Specialist
Tucson Unified School District, AZ

"Summey presents a well-crafted, technology professional development model that is sound in practice, adaptable, and can be easily implemented at the local level. And, as an added bonus, he includes a new digital literacies framework which surrounds the professional development structure and is a stellar model for framing the teaching and learning of the important 21st century skill-set for both educators and students!"

Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist

"This is a GREAT book. An invaluable resource for transforming professional development that supports teaching and learning with technology. The author provides simple and straight forward steps on how to implement professional development. It addresses critical issues of identifying, exploring, planning, and implementing 21st Century learning with professional development."

Howie DiBlasi, Ph.D., CEO
Digital Journey

"There is a pressing need to provide professional development in digital literacies for teachers at all levels of our school systems. This book provides tools and ideas for the construction of valuable experiences that will engage and inspire teachers while at the same time providing them with the essential digital tools for learning in the 21st century."

Lee Ann Tysseling, Associate Professor
Boise State University Department of Literacy

"I have not seen a book such as this that offers a comprehensive overview of current trends in instructional technology while offering suggestions on how to best reach teachers to explore and embrace these new tools."

Barbara Cavanah, Technology Specialist
Monroe County School District
Key features
  • Bridges the gap between knowing and doing.   Teachers become empowered to harness existing technologies and readily accessible digital resources in order to build upon their own teaching expertise and change the way students learn. 
  • An in-depth professional development resource complete with the technology-related supports to enable school-wide curriculum integration.
  • The book’s companion website (http://www.digitalliteracies.net) includes electronic versions of planning and implementation materials, sample instructional tools, and links to additional supporting resources such as tutorials, lesson ideas, and multimedia content that will further enable a successful professional development initiative and ultimately effective integration into classroom instruction.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Front Matter


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