The Canadian Institute for Digital Literacies Learning | L’Institut canadien pour l’apprentissage des littératies numériques is an exciting blended learning experience for Canadian K-12 teachers focused on exploration, collaboration and innovation. For me, this Institute represents years of thinking, of working, of building understandings and developing relationships with scholars whose work has inspired me to think, to act, to share. And, it is also a beginning. I hope this Institute will grow into a nationally representative network of teachers learning together and sharing their knowledge about what works in their classrooms to support development of foundational digital literacies knowledges, skills and dispositions. If you are K-12 teacher working in a Canadian school, I hope you will join us in Ottawa this summer, July 10-14, 2017.
The Institute begins with a week of intensive learning at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and will follow with a year of online networking and support through a Slack channel.
I am absolutely thrilled to announce the lineup of activities and speakers for the 2017 on-campus institute. Janette Hughes, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy will be speaking about her work on digital making and literacies learning; Sarah Gretter of the Michigan State University Hub for Innovation and Learning will be talking about computational thinking and information literacies. Through the week, everyone will learn about video games in the classroom, the maker movement, digital video production as a way to build critical digital literacies, and how to teach in ways that help students become critical evaluators and synthesizers of Internet information.
It is going to be an amazing adventure in learning — please join us! Registration details can be found at the Institute website. Early bird registration is $499 + HST (before May 24, 2017). A special block of rooms in campus residences have been reserved for Institute participants as well. These are the most affordable rooms in town this year! As you know, 2017 is a big year in our nation’s capital — and we are also developing a list of after-hours events (and a mystery field trip) that will allow you to experience the very best that Ottawa has to offer!