The innovators represent a cross-section of educators in America: rural and urban communities; public, private and charter schools; classroom teachers, school librarians, and specialist in curriculum, media and technology in grades K-12. This year-long professional development program will foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators that will serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms across the country.
FOCUS: WHOLE-SCHOOL ADOPTION OF DIGITAL LITERACY THE FIRST 5 YEARS
Rhys will offer a detailed look at how NYC public K-8* Brooklyn School of Inquiry has built a whole-school media literacy program over the past 5 years. During the talk, he will show how holistic digital media literacy adoption includes staff development, integration by teachers across discipline, and eventually designated media literacy classes. He also will walk through how resources for organizing this type of integration have evolved over time.
THE WEBINAR AGENDA
- Reflect on how the process whole school integration with digital and media literacy is a collaborative process that evolves organically over time
- Evaluate tools (puzzle pieces, palette, etc.) for organizing institutional progression: K-8 Scope and Sequence, Unit Plans, Pacing Calendars, Digital Literacy Planning Framework
- Challenges: flexibility vs. structure, balancing skill development vs. meaningful curriculum integration that activates critical thinking
- Q&A – What’s ideal vs. realistic; where do YOU start with digital media literacy?
THE LANDSCAPE WE’RE OPERATING IN
How do we bridge digital and media literacy concepts from the tech lab to the traditional classroom?
- REVIEW: Media Literacy in the Modern K-12 School (Mind Map)
- WATCH: Examples of media literacy in K-5, Middle School & High School Classes under “Related Projects”
- READ: Rhys’ chapter on this under “Related Notes”
THE BSI STORY
Look at how one school has built media literacy across a K-8 curriculum
- WATCH Media Literacy at BSI year 1 Short Documentary
- REVIEW Excerpts of the BSI K-8 Digital and Media Literacy Scope and Sequence
CLOSER LOOK AT PLANNING TOOLS
- BUILD YOUR OWN: See “Related Tools” on this page for links to blank planners
- REVIEW: Blank Media Literacy Curriculum Planning Framework
- REVIEW: Filled in Planning Framework for Middle School Digital Accountable Talk
*BSI is currently K-6 and will add 7 and 8 over the next 2 years.