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Developing Digital Literacies
A Framework for Professional Learning

Foreword by Patrick Larkin

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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

"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

Front Matter

Chapter One


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