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Thursday, January 15 • 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Student Voices: Digital Literacy in Action

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This session is designed for educators wanting to explore digital tools that can add value to their classroom, help them meet educational objectives, and engage their students. Educators will receive an overview of three Screen Savvy Kids workshops (Digital Storytelling, the Digital Artists Club, and Digital Citizenship in Action: A Video Production Workshop). These workshops are designed to enhance students’ communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills, while also introducing them to media literacy concepts such as message construction, framing, and audience, plus digital literacy concepts such as privacy, digital footprint, copyright, and fair use.

Learning Objectives
• Participants will be introduced to media literacy concepts (such as message construction, production, framing, and audience) plus digital literacy concepts (such as digital footprints, internet safety, copyright, and fair use)
• Participants will be introduced to several digital tools (such as Wordle, Kidblog and Storybird) that will assist them with meeting educational objectives and provide students with opportunities to express themselves creatively using carefully-selected technology in meaningful ways.
• Participants will learns ways to integrate media and digital literacy lessons, while meeting curriculum requirements and engaging students

Overview of Screen Savvy Workshops
• Digital Storytelling for the Holidays– This workshop is designed for children 6- to 9-years-old. Students begin by creating online identities (avatars) as an introduction to internet safety. Students also create word clouds (text-based art), design digital snowflakes, and complete an electronic book (e-book). Students share their work on a blog at the completion of the workshop.
•Digital Artists Club – The Digital Artists Group is designed to actively engage students (9-12-years-old) in making media to increase their awareness of their own digital footprints, as well as, to increase their understanding of the impact that media has in everyday life. Each week, students work on a variety of hands-on media projects (including digital photography, comic strips, and stop motion animations). Each project is designed to empower students to think more critically about media and to communicate more effectively using media.
• Digital Citizenship: Video Production Workshop – During this workshop, students explore the differences between media messages that aim to inform, entertain, and/or persuade an audience. Students collaborate on a script, create outlines with story boards, record their scenes using a video camera, and edit footage in post-production. This workshop is designed around Common Core ELA Standards 6.SL.2 and 6.L.3; MA Framework ELA.K-12.R.3.07 and 2.4; and National Education Technology Standards for Students.

Upon completion of the workshops review, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and review student samples.


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Jennifer Ladner

Communication and Media Consultant, Screen Savvy Kids
Jennifer Ladner, M.S. and Jessie Trowbridge, M.A. are the co-founders of Screen Savvy Kids, a media literacy consulting company based in Central MA. Dedicated to providing support to parents, children, and educators to develop and enhance children's media literacy skills, we assist... Read More →

Thursday January 15, 2015 1:40pm - 2:40pm
314 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
  • Participant Skill Level All