Digital Literacy Today

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Janet Bell
Date:October 29, 2021
Time:12:45 pm to 2:45 pm MDT
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-DD-FMC-JB-081
Focus: Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy District Days Educational / Instructional Assistants Technology Integration

Target Audience

Educational Assistants

About this Learning Opportunity

In a world that's in so much flux, it's easy to look at digital literacy as a big whirlpool of confusion. However, let's reframe the topic as a pretty awesome vision and challenge: A digital citizen is inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, and alert (ISTE)--feel the calm? So, how can we get from here to there? (These are actually burning questions that have kept Janet up at night for literally over 20 years!)

Through some fun digital interactions ourselves, we'll explore digital literacy skills that can help students develop the competencies that lead them towards making this vision a reality. See how we can embed opportunities for students to practise these competencies, at their different stages of development, mindfully throughout our interactions with them at school. And, along the way, let's take this one step further still, and consider as well how we, as the adults in the room, can likewise become increasingly confident that we also have these skills in place.

Leave the session with a Wakelet of resources that can help you further support students and colleagues in this ongoing journey.

All learning opportunities with the ERLC regional team will focus on the Alberta Education and district priority areas.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

An English teacher originally, Janet's career evolved over the years from classroom teacher to consultant, co-leading edtech integration across the province as a member  of the and ARPDC provincial teams, to school and district leadership as a Department Head at Lillian Osborne High School and a TIPS (Technology Integration and Planning Supports) Consultant with Edmonton Public Schools. A Google Certified Trainer and SMART Certified Trainer, these days Janet brings both vision and practical strategies to help support your integration of G Suite and SMART Learning Suite, reputable third-party applications, makerspaces, digital citizenship and more, within today's emergent and shifting learning spaces. In her spare time, she enjoys the four generations of her family.