Spring 2020 Workshop Series

Spring Series Kick-Off Lecture

Dr. Kristen Turner presents
The Ethical Dimensions of Teaching Digital Literacy

FREE ADMISSION! RSVP by Jan 19th to DrewTEACH@drew.edu

Jan 21st, 6:30pm, Drew University


Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner (@teachkht) is professor and director of teacher education at Drew University in New Jersey.  Her research focuses on the intersections between technology and literacy, and she works with teachers across content areas to implement effective literacy instruction and to incorporate technology in meaningful ways. She is the co-author of Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World and Argument in the Real World: Teaching Students to Read and Write Digital Texts and editor of Ethics of Digital Literacy: Developing Knowledge and Skills across Grade Levels. She is also the founder and director of the Drew Writing Project and Digital Literacies Collaborative and the co-founder of the Screentime.me research project and the Technopanic: Living and Learning in a Digital Age podcast.

Ethics of Digital Literacy Webinar Series — FREE!

One-hour sessions on Tuesdays throughout the semester. Sessions are held between 6:30PM and 9:00PM via Zoom. See the full schedule for the titles and exact hour for each session.

What is the effective and appropriate use of technology? Uncover this topic with leading scholars and expert practitioners and develop strategies for leading students in the digital age.

Email DrewTEACH@drew.edu to Register.

In the Margins: Digital Annotation as a Critical Literacy Tool

January 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 4:30PM-6:30PM via Zoom

We will learn how to use various digital annotation tools to enhance students’ engagement with texts as well as develop our own critical lens.

Target Audience: Middle & High School


Jan 15th & Jan 22nd: Yes, You Can Write On It! Writing on the Web with Digital Annotation

In this two-part series, we will explore different ways to annotate (write on top of) digital texts to promote skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Part 1 (Jan 15th) will focus on annotating websites (e.g., short articles, research sources), and Part 2 (Jan 22nd) will focus on annotating videos (e.g., YouTube, TED Talks). Participants will discuss and experience applications for digital annotation across subjects and grade levels, and for professional learning.

Jan 29th: Supporting Comprehension through Digital Annotation

In this session, teachers will learn how students can digitally annotate text as well as complete math problem assignments that exist in digital platforms or in print. We will use learn how to use Skitch and the digital pen embedded in Google Slides. 

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Google Certification & Applications for the Classroom

March 18th, 4:30PM-8:30PM at Drew University

March 25th, 6:30PM-8:30PM via Zoom

We will learn how to integrate Google tools into teaching and learning.  Participants will be prepared to take the test to earn Google Certification Level 1.

Target Audience: All

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Social-Emotional Learning

March 27th, 9AM-3PM at Drew University

In this interactive seminar, we will examine both the tenets of restorative justice and teaching tolerance management styles. Teachers will leave with an actionable toolkit.

Target Audience: All

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Digital Citizenship

April 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 6:30PM-8:30pm via Zoom

How can we foster digital citizenship? Explore practical strategies in teaching students the logic of argument and engaging them in the creation of digital arguments.

Target Audience: Elementary & Middle School


Apr 8th: Digital Argument as Activism and Sustaining Practice 

This session considers various digital spaces and their potential for youth activism. Our inquiry will begin outside of school, examining the ways that youth participate in impactful, extracurricular digital argument. Inspired by these models, we will collaborate to develop classroom instruction that sustains the digital potential of youth.

Apr 15th: It Takes a Village to Mend a Village: Reimagining Service Learning

Derek Burtch and Amelia Gordon, co-founders of Erase the Space, engage students from disparate backgrounds in a yearlong learning experience that encourages democratic discourse. We will discuss how our project evolved over four years and how it differs from similar models that may unintentionally reinforce negative stereotypes. We will candidly share some specific examples of how our work has been misinterpreted and could have caused serious harm to our students. Finally, we will help teachers make small shifts to existing projects and areas of interest to include and implicate all student groups.

Apr 22nd: Creating Online Communities: Fostering Understanding of Ethics and Digital Citizenship

Understanding the rights and responsibilities of being a digital citizen is a requirement for students participating in online communities.  This workshop will aid teachers in how to build and promote digital etiquette in an online learning environment with the goal of encouraging positive, constructive, and participatory student interaction.

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