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Basic set of goals and a general schedule for the Summer Institute

Participants will engage in the following learning opportunities this week:

  • Discuss and reflect on¬†how literacy is changing¬†as a result of media and technology and the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning at all levels as demonstrated through facilitated conversations during the week (e.g., Digging Deeper Sessions, Hot Topic Roundtables, Collaborative Conversations) and written responses to reflective prompts.
  • Discuss and reflect on the¬†purpose and application of various digital tools and technologies¬†that might be used to enhance teaching, learning, and creative response in a range of formal and informal settings as demonstrated by conversations during afternoon Cool Tools/Hot Topics sessions.
  • Apply¬†knowledge and skills in using digital texts, tools and technologies¬†as demonstrated through hands-on practical use in daily Digging Deeper, Cool Tools, and Design Studio sessions and the completion of a Cool Tools Review and Application Plan (see assignments for details).
  • Engage in¬†phases of project-based inquiry and curriculum design¬†using digital texts, tools, and technologies.¬†

During the week, you will work individually and collaboratively to: 

Compose a Project-Based Instructional (PBI) Plan.  This is a creative media project, contextualized lesson or unit plan in which you put one or more multimedia texts, tools and technologies into action as an instructor and foresee having your students engaging in activities using these resources for specific learning purposes. 

Explore a range of digital tools to ceate a message that will assist and enhance your teaching and will represent a model or example of the type of technology/media project your students might create as a part of your instructional plan.

Build new networks and create new visions for "doing" education in changing and challenging times as demonstrated through facilitated daily conversations over the course of the week (e.g., Digging Deeper Sessions, Hot Topic Roundtables, Collaborative Conversations). During these collaborative conversations, you will engage with individuals across a range of educational and media communities to develop an understanding and appreciation of the particular needs, concerns, and contributions of individuals including, but not limited to, educators in K-12 and higher education settings, reading specialists and literacy coaches, school and public librarians, parents, media professionals, media literacy leaders, and ed tech entrepreneurs

Reflect on your experience as a learner and the challenges of implementing project-based inquiry with digital media and new technologies in a variety of settings as demonstrated in a closing reflection and formal reflection paper.


Sunday (July 13)

  • 12:30-4:45PM¬†~ Opening Activities for Participants Taking the Course for Graduate Credit
  • 5:00-7:00PM¬†~ Kickoff and Team Formation

Monday to Friday (July 14-18)

  • 8:30-9:00 ~ Daily Warm-Up Activities¬†to build collaboration and teamwork
  • 9:00-10:15 ~ Looking Up and Out¬†Keynote Presentations and follow-up Q&A
  • 10:15-10:30¬†Break
  • 10:30-12:00¬†~¬†Digging Deeper Sessions: A deep dive into important topics
  • ¬†12:00-12:30¬†~¬†Lunch
  • ¬†12:30-1:15¬†~¬†Collaborative Conversations Across Topics: Facilitated small group discussions on special topics of concern to build understanding across communities
  • 1:15-3:00¬†~¬†Cool Tools and Hot Topics: 6-10 simultaneously running small-group presentations focused on demonstrating a range of digital tools and technologies;
  • 3:15-4:45 ~ Design Studio:¬†Students¬†work with others toward creating an innovative instructional plan that incorporates interdisciplinary content and digital literacies prompted by emerging technologies.
  • 4:45-5:00 ~ Daily Wrap-Up ¬†(Finish at 2PM on Friday)
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