Learning Opportunity

Digital Literacy in a Social Media Influenced Landscape

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Janet Bell Darren Maltais
Date:March 06, 2024
Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-TI-192
Focus: Assessment Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Teachers, School-based Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Arthur C. Clarke)

Although we live in an incredible age where technology continues to help us address so many of the world’s problems, we also live in an age where huge segments of society, happily unaware of the “magical” (but actually absolutely contrived) workings of algorithms and other marketing influences, are taken in by media, led one step at a time into increasingly radical views.

To understand what and how these forces can radicalize us - and our students and families, is to be able to see the subtle but powerful workings of the magician: once we better understand the whats and hows that can lead us towards believing false narratives, and become better able to identify them for what they are, we can also gain a better sense of cognitive balance within the slippery world of social (and other emergent) media today. It’s our responsibility as teachers to teach students the digital literacy skills they need to navigate the digital world - so that the digital world becomes one they can shape for positive change rather than one that shapes them instead.

In this session we’ll explore how social media can influence our landscape/us, and the implications and calls to action presented by this. Next, we’ll look at the concept of digital literacy, exploring the role of digital literacy in shaping an aware society. Finally, we’ll address the question of how we can best support our students on their journey across their years in school to becoming  balanced, aware, and critical connoisseurs of/contributors to social media.


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


Janet Bell

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 2Learn.ca 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... Read more »

Darren Maltais

After years of experience as a classroom teacher, Darren began working as a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division. This year will mark his 10th year in that role! He works collaboratively with teachers and students in over 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projects, and products to help students learn more effectively and make curriculum come alive. He has helped to... Read more »