Looking Up and Out Keynote Speakers



Screen shot 2013-06-22 at 9.45.20 PM.pngDr. Douglas Rushkoff, winner of the Media Ecology Association's first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He is technology and media commentator for CNN, digital literacy advocate for Codecademy.com and has taught and lectured around the world about media, technology, culture and economics. His new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, explores the always-on, simultaneous society in which we live, as well as how this new temporal landscape influences media, culture, economics, politics, and meaning. His previous best-selling books on media and popular culture have been translated to over thirty languages. They include Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, a followup to his Frontline documentary,Digital Nation, and Life Inc, an analysis of the corporate spectacle, which was also made into a short, award-winning film. His other books include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book. Rushkoff also wrote the acclaimed novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy and graphic novel, Club Zero-G. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., for Vertigo. He has written and hosted three award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries - The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, The Persuaders, about the cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance, and most recently, Digital Nation, about life on the virtual frontier.


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Dr. Renee Hobbs is Professor and Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. Professor Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She founded the **Media Education Lab**, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service. With her colleagues at the Media Education Lab, Hobbs developed Powerful Voices for Kids, a university-school partnership that offers a comprehensive program for K-12 schools including a summer enrichment program for children, staff development program, hands-on mentoring and curriculum development, and parent and community outreach. In the early 1990s, she created the first national teacher education program in media literacy, the Harvard Institute on Media Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Renee Hobbs maintains an active research agenda that examines the intersections of the fields of media studies and education. She has published five books, numerous award-winning multimedia curricula, and dozens of articles in scholarly journals in three fields: communication, education and health. Renee Hobbs received an Ed.D in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Communication from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan.


Thursday's Featured Panelist


Gist3.pngDr. Deborah A. Gist is the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education. Under her leadership, Rhode Island has won both a Race to the Top and a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, to help transform education across the state. In 2008, Deborah was a Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow. She serves on the executive committee of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and she is a founding member of Chiefs for Change. In 2010, Deborah was one of the Time 100, “the people who most affect our world,” and one of The Atlantic Brave Thinkers, whom the magazine recognizes for “the year’s most intrepid and original thinking. In 2012, she was a winner of a Brian Bennett Education Warrior Award from Democrats for Education Reform.

Before coming to Rhode Island, Deborah served as the first State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia. She began her career in education 25 years ago as an elementary-school teacher in Fort Worth and, later, in Tampa, where she conceived, designed, and initiated a literacy program serving families in 108 elementary schools in Hillsborough County. Deborah holds a bachelor of science degree in early-childhood education from the University of Oklahoma, a master of arts in elementary education and curriculum from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.


Digging Deeper Speakers


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Dr. Julie Coiro is Associate Professor of Reading in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island. She also works collaboratively with Renee Hobbs in URI's Media Education Lab. Julie was one of the original creators of the New Literacies Summer Teacher Leader Institute in 2009. She speaks nationally about her research in reading comprehension strategy instruction, the new literacies of the Internet, online reading comprehension, and effective practices for technology integration and professional development. Before coming to URI, Julie worked as Co-Director of The New Literacies Research Labat the University of Connecticut. Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a focus on students with learning disabilities; a Masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans with a focus on reading; and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in the area of Cognition and Instruction from the University of Connecticut. She is a former middle school and elementary school teacher and has provided professional development to teachers around the country for the past 20 years. You can access some of Julie’s work at http://uri.academia.edu/JulieCoiro/Papers



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Michelle Schira Hagerman is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University where she teaches and co-designs curriculum in the Master’s of Educational Technology program. She is also a research affiliate of Albion College. As a new scholar, she is working to design methods of instruction that support the development of New Literacies skills in K-12 students. Her dissertation examines the impact of an instructional intervention on 9th graders’ ability to synthesize meaning from multiple Internet texts. She has also studied the contributions of foundational executive functions to adolescents’ online reading comprehension skills, and the development of in-service teachers’ technological pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK). Her work has been recognized with awards from the MSU College of Education, the Michigan Reading Association, AT&T, the Journal of Literacy Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. You can find out more about Michelle at http://mschirahagerman.com.


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Dr. Hiller A. Spires is a Professor of Literacy and Technology at North Carolina State University. She received her Ph.D. in literacy education with a cognate in English from the University of South Carolina. She served as the founding director of The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation from 2002-2006 and currently serves as FI Senior Research Fellow.In 2012, she was awarded NC State University's Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professorship. Her research focuses on the effects of digital literacies on learning and project-based inquiry, including emerging literacies associated with gaming environments and Web 2.0 applications. She is a co-PI on the NSF-funded projects, Crystal Island and Narrative Theatre. Hiller's publications have appeared in Journal of Educational Psychology, Cognition & Instruction, Journal of Educational Computing Research, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Literacy Research & Instruction, Computers & Education, and Journal of Research in Technology Education. She coordinates the K-12 literacy certification for the New Literacies & Global Learning master's program and the C & I Ph.D. Literacy & English/Language Arts program. She co-directs the Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative (newlit.org),where she and her colleagues conduct professional development sessions for teachers in new literacies, including teachers at the Beijing Royal School. She was one of the original creators of the NLI in 2009. Hiller's hobby is non-representational painting; she's conducted two art shows at Third Place Coffee Shop in Raleigh: "Emergence" and "Awake."



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Rhys Daunic is founder and Director of Brooklyn-based The Media Spot. Rhys has facilitated student media productions, and developed media literacy curricula with educators throughout the country and abroad, primarily within New York City public schools. Throughout his career, Rhys has also produced process-focused behind-the-scenes films and other open resources for the field of K-12 media literacy on themediaspot.org, and has been published in the Journal of Media Literacy Education, and in the forthcoming book, Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Summer 2013). In 2012, he began teaching a graduate level course on K12 Media Literacy at Columbia University Teachers College. Rhys is currently serving on the Executive Board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Media Literacy Education from 2009-2012. He has also consulted in NYC schools through Digital School Solutions, and Teaching Matters Inc., and is the media literacy director for The Generation Connection, an intergenerational summer camp he helped create with his parents in Nashville, TN. He earned a Masters degree in Media Studies from The New School University, and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he studied history and film, and (little known fact) played on the varsity basketball team.


Cool Tools Speakers

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external image bcg_headshot.jpgNik Abraham manages growth and business development for Codecademy. Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code online, and offers free classes for the web's most popular coding languages. Codecademy users have submitted more than a billion lines of code and have completed hundreds of millions of lessons on the platform. Before joining Codecademy, Nik worked for Boston Consulting Group proving strategic advice to Fortune 500 companies, and founded an ed-tech startup backed by YCombinator, a startup incubator in San Francisco. Nik has a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, a JD and MBA from the University of Chicago.



markd.jpgMark Davis is a reading specialist at Barrington High School, Barrington, Rhode Island. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and stayed on to complete a Master of Education in Reading. During this time, he worked at the Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center as a clinician and graduate assistant to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at BGSU. Mark has presented at national conferences including those sponsored by the ASCD, Learning Forward, Learning First Alliance, American Reading Forum, and numerous regional workshop. In 2003, he was recognized for an Outstanding Graduate Proposal by the American Reading Forum and was a member of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2009. He was also a past Communications Chairmen for the Rhode Island ASCD state affiliate. His roles in Barrington Public Schools included District Literacy Coordinator, Assessment Coordinator, and RTI and Intervention Coordinator. His professional development and experience demonstrate leadership with an emphasis on teaching with technology, graphic design, and multimedia integration. Mark is a current doctoral candidate in the Feinstein Fellows program with the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.




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Rhys Daunic is founder and Director of Brooklyn-based The Media Spot. Rhys has facilitated student media productions, and developed media literacy curricula with educators throughout the country and abroad, primarily within New York City public schools. Throughout his career, Rhys has also produced process-focused behind-the-scenes films and other open resources for the field of K-12 media literacy on themediaspot.org, and has been published in the Journal of Media Literacy Education, and in the forthcoming book, Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Summer 2013). In 2012, he began teaching a graduate level course on K12 Media Literacy at Columbia University Teachers College. Rhys is currently serving on the Executive Board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Media Literacy Education from 2009-2012. He has also consulted in NYC schools through Digital School Solutions, and Teaching Matters Inc., and is the media literacy director for The Generation Connection, an intergenerational summer camp he helped create with his parents in Nashville, TN. He earned a Masters degree in Media Studies from The New School University, and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he studied history and film, and (little known fact) played on the varsity basketball team.


IMG_6035.JPGPatrycja Dyszy is the Global Business Development Manager for LoiLo inc.in Japan. LoiLo is an iPad application designed to be used in classroom settings. In a nutshell, LoiLoNote is a collaboration and presentation tool that has been widely recognized in Japan. The test version of the app has been attracting increasingly more interest in the U.S. During her Cool Tools session she will focus mainly on the practical applications of the app, based on the user cases from both Japan and the U.S. Learn more about LoiLo on Facebook or Twitter @LoiLoNote. Patrycja is currently a Ph.D. student and plans on graduating next year. She is also a vegetarian and an animal lover, who someday would like to travel around the world.







noa elefant.jpgNoa Elefant Loffler is a Policy and Government Relations Manager for Google Israel. In her position at Google, she is responsible for several digital literacy projects. The Web Rangers is an initiative she is especially proud of. Leading teenagers came to Google for a workshop and then developed their own campaigns on safety online in their communities. Take a look at the video to learn more about it. In her presentation at the summer institute, she'll present another project, which she's equally proud of... Hang-Out Bridges. This project is all about using the Internet for cross-cultural discourse. They recently finalized the pilot project in Israel and look forward to the next steps. If you are inspired by this project, Noa is more then happy to implement a Rhode-Island version of Hang Out Bridges. Before she joined Google, she worked for the Israeli regulator of commercial TV&Radio. Working for the regulator, she acknowledged the challenges new media is bringing, alongside the massive opportunities it unfolds. Noa believed then (and she still thinks) regulators should take the responsibility to promote media literacy. "Top Down" regulation is not as relevant and effective as it used to be with traditional media, and literacy is a key for users in making the most out of their media experiance. Hence, they initiated cooperation with the Ministry of Education and created several media literacy projects. It was not a trivial nor a simple task. These days, at Google, Noa feels she can do much more and achieve greater impact. She'll be happy to demonstrate it with Hang Out Bridges - when we meet on Tuesday.


Digital Egagement 10 copy 2.jpgJonathan Friesem is a PhD student in the joint doctoral program in education at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. For the last fifteen years, Jonathan worked with a number of media youth organizations, Universities and Colleges in Israel. As a graduate from the Camera Obscura Art School in Tel-Aviv, he became a reporter for the local news and a producer in the national network. His global feature production 'Yeladim Tovim" helped him to structure a powerful and effective program for youth media production in the educational system in Israel. Building two communication and cinema departments in high schools as well as teaching various populations of youth across the country, Jonathan became an advocate for the youth media movement in Israel. After receiving a M.A. in policy and management in education, he continued to advocate for research on the impact of media production experiences of adolescent social and emotional development all around the world. Starting in January 2012, Jonathan became the manager of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media. Currently he is developing a media literacy curriculum for foster youth and special education populations. His research assesses the process of cognitive and emotional growth in a video production class using, face to face, computer mediated communication, and video production. By using different dimensions of empathy, Jonathan aims to better understand the outcomes of a digital media literacy program taught in schools.

mchJAALpic.JPGMargaret Hagood is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the College of Charleston where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in foundational and new literacies to enhance literacy instruction and learning for grades preK-grade 8. She also teaches courses in qualitative research methodologies. She was a co-principal investigator of research for the Center for the Advancement of New Literacies in Middle Grades, which provided professional development to middle school teachers of English/language arts and social studies interested in new literacies infusion. She conducts research on children, adolescents', and adults' uses of new literacies (in the forms of pop culture and digital technologies) to inform their understandings of the world. She has written extensively and published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Reading and Writing Quarterly. Bring it to class: Unpacking pop culture in literacy learning (with co-authors Alvermann & Heron) is her most recent book. She currently is the co-editor of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.


imgres.jpegJeremy Hyler is a middle school English teacher at Fulton Middle School located in Middleton, Michigan. His undergraduate degree from Alma College focused on Elementary Education. He holds a Master's Degree in Middle Level Education from Walden University. His primary focus is 7th and 8th grade English where he works with approximately 120 students on a daily basis. A firm believer in the use of technology in the classroom, Jeremy and his students have access to mobile laptop carts and he has implemented the use of cell phones into the classroom as well. He focuses on tools such as Celly, Goanimate, Wikispaces, and Google Drive. He is a teacher consultant for the Chippewa River Writing Project(CRWP), a satellite site of the National Writing Project(NWP). In addition to delivering numerous professional development opportunities to different school districts, he has presented at conferences such as the Michigan Reading Conference (MRA), Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) national conference. He has two published resources on the Digital Is website about the use of the multigenre project and motivating boys literacy and one about online book groups which was done collaboratively. In addition, He has contributed to two practitioner books currently in the publishing stage and is currently coauthoring a book with Dr.Troy Hicks titled
Create, Compose, Connect! Reading, Writing, and Learning with Digital Tools which is sue out late winter/early spring. In his spare time he likes to write on his blog titled the Hyler 1 blog nominated in 2011 for best new blog by Edublog awards and is an avid Twitter user @jeremybballer. He resides with his wife and three children in West Michigan where he likes to hunt, fish, and spend time in the outdoors.


545322_10151103598768743_371714054_n.jpgDave Quinn is a Ph.D. student in the the University of Rhode Island / RIC Ph.D in Education program. Previously, he was a 7th grade ancient history teacher at King Philip Regional Middle School in Norfolk, MA. He is a graduate of the Brown University Master of Arts in Teaching program and earned his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts--Amherst. In addition to his work in the classroom, he has also served on the Seekonk School Committee and works as a consultant for Nutmeg Education, a K-12 assessment and intervention web platform. He resides in Attleboro, MA with his wife, Melissa.






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Diana McMasters is a Technology Teacher and Coordinator for the Interdistrict School for Arts And Communication, ISAAC, a charter middle school in New London, Connecticut. ISAAC is an Expeditionary Learning school where excellence is inspired through the arts and project-based learning. Almost a 1:1 school, Diana finds herself in the thick of it at ISAAC, with technology playing a huge role in the learning process, project research, and producing exemplary products every day. She has worked as a Technology Integration Specials for LEARN, a Regional Education Service Center in southeastern Connecticut, where she provided technology and integration training to teachers in surrounding elementary and middle schools. She has presented at the PBS Kids Ready to Learn Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2005, and at the Connecticut Computer Educators Conference, CECA. Her days are motivated by the impact technology can have not only on the learning incentive it provides, but also in empowering students to produce authentic, professional artifacts as evidence of their creativity and learning. Diana is excited to share her students' work creating digital stories with iMovie.


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Mary Moen is a Library Media Specialist at Chariho Regional High School in Rhode Island. She is a also the Unified Arts Department Chairperson and is involved in curriculum development, assessment validation, and education technology integration. As her school moves to a 1:1 device program, Mary is excited to facilitate the successful implementation of the program. She recently presented some of her work teaching with digital resources at the Digital Engagement Workshop sponsored by the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island, the Learning First Alliance/RI Conference, and the Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference. Mary has B.A. in Art History from Brown University, an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island and is currently a doctoral student in the URI/RIC PhD in Education program. In her spare time she is a research assistant on a team at the URI Harrington School of Communication and Media that is examining the relationship between media literacy skills and adolescents’ civic engagement for a national journalism project. Her research interests include digital literacy theories, technology integration in teaching and learning, and online personalized professional learning practices.



Picture 1.pngDr. W. Ian O'Byrne is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of New Haven. Ian is the coordinator of the Instructional Technology & Digital Media Literacy program in the Education Department at the University of New Haven. He is also a former Research Fellow at the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut. He received his Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts in the 180 Days Program. He has been involved in initiatives in school districts ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. He is currently a member of AERA and NCTE, and currently serves on the Policy and Legislative Committee for Literacy Research Association, and the Technology, Communication, and Literacy committee for International Reading Association. His research examines the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online spaces.



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Michele Schira-Hagerman is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University where she teaches and co-designs curriculum in the Master’s of Educational Technology program. She is also a research affiliate of Albion College. As a new scholar, she is working to design methods of instruction that support the development of New Literacies skills in K-12 students. Her dissertation, to be completed this summer, examines the impact of an instructional intervention on 9th graders’ ability to synthesize meaning from multiple Internet texts. She has also studied the contributions of foundational executive functions to adolescents’ online reading comprehension skills, and the development of in-service teachers’ technological pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK). Her teaching, scholarly service, online course designs and research have been recognized with awards from the MSU College of Education, the Michigan Reading Association, AT&T, the Journal of Literacy Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.



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Glenn Smith combines web-based eBooks with computer games (IMapBooks) for stealth assessment of comprehension, to motivate adolescents to read and just for the fun of creating a new medium. I ask you, "What do you think books will look like in the year 2113?"

My research group just received an NSF grant to use IMapBooks for Global Climate Change education in Marine Sciences course in High Schools in Florida. We will create a location-based science fiction novel about global climate change, with computer games.

Glenn is an Associate Professor in the Instructional Technology Program, Department of Secondary Education, College of Education at the University of South Florida. Glenn has a Ph.D. in Educational Media & Computers, and masters and bachelor degrees in Computer Science. He has worked as a computer programmer: a) in Hollywood, California developing computer graphics software for creating television commercials and opening segments for television shows, such as Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, b) for Boeing Computer Services and c) for Microsoft Corporation.



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Dr. Hiller A. Spires is a Professor of Literacy and Technology at North Carolina State University. She received her Ph.D. in literacy education with a cognate in English from the University of South Carolina. She served as the founding director of The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation from 2002-2006 and currently serves as FI Senior Research Fellow.In 2012, she was awarded NC State University's Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professorship. Her research focuses on the effects of digital literacies on learning and project-based inquiry, including emerging literacies associated with gaming environments and Web 2.0 applications. She is a co-PI on the NSF-funded projects, Crystal Island and Narrative Theatre. Hiller's publications have appeared in Journal of Educational Psychology, Cognition & Instruction, Journal of Educational Computing Research, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Literacy Research & Instruction, Computers & Education, and Journal of Research in Technology Education. She coordinates the K-12 literacy certification for the New Literacies & Global Learning master's program and the C & I Ph.D. Literacy & English/Language Arts program. She co-directs the Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative (newlit.org),where she and her colleagues conduct professional development sessions for teachers in new literacies, including teachers at the Beijing Royal School. She was one of the original creators of the NLI in 2009. Hiller's hobby is non-representational painting; she's conducted two art shows at Third Place Coffee Shop in Raleigh: "Emergence" and "Awake."



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Dr. Diane Watt is an adjunct professor in Society, Culture, and Literacies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. She teaches Language Arts, Curriculum Design and Evaluation, and Schooling and Society to teacher candidates in the Bachelor of Education Program. Diane also teaches graduate courses in Social Contexts of Language Learning, Literacies, and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include Muslim youth, critical media literacies, and collaborative media production as social justice. Her award-winning doctoral dissertation engages the high schooling experiences of Muslim, female youth in Ontario and visual representations of Muslim women in the North American news media. Diane has published a number of book chapters and articles, including an article in the Journal of Media Literacy Education on the urgency of visual media literacies post 9/11. In September, she will undertake a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership at the University of Calgary. Earlier in her career Diane taught at both the Elementary and Secondary School levels in the Mission District School Board in Mission, British Columbia, Canada. She also taught English in Damascus, Tehran, and Islamabad, where she lived with her husband and two children during the 1990's.

I hope you'll join me for my Cool Tools Session on Wednesday in Room 315:Digital Storytelling Made (Super!) Easy: Create Gorgeous, Illustrated Storybooks with Storybird.com

Email: dwatt@uottawa.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DianePWatt
Website: http://dwatt5.wix.com/diane-patricia-watt
Twitter: #Literacies2013



Hot Topics Speakers

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Josie Batista is a bilingual 6th grade educator working at Paul Cuffee Middle School. Now in her sixth year at Cuffee, Josie has taught Media Literacy for the last four years. She studied with the National Endowment for Hummanities where she gained valuable knowledge about New England's role in the slave trade during the 1600's. After spending this year further refining her instructional reading and writing skills, Josie now looks to continue incoporating digital tools into her Media Literacy curriculum. Josie's interest away from school include refining her salsa dancing skills, finding the best beach read, co-teaching with Leah, and looking for placing to display her Oooo-kay karoke skills. To see her re-coupled with her favorite co-teaching partner and examples of how she approaches Media Literacy check out: Reading Around The World.




_thumbIMG_6992.jpgJillian Belanger is the ELL Coordinator at the Paul Cuffee School in Providence, RI, and a doctoral candidate in the Writing and Rhetoric program at the University of Rhode Island. She serves on the Rhode Island Teen Book Awards Committee, writes library reviews for KidoInfo, teaches cardio kickboxing, and promises herself she'll finish the novel she started during last year's National Novel Writing Month before this year's NaNoWriMo rolls around. Jillian has taught high school English in Providence for seven years, and has spent the last two years teaching college writing at Roger Williams University. Before coming to URI for her Ph.D., she completed her M.A. in ESL and Cross Cultural Studies at Brown University and earned National Board certification in adolescent ELA. Her research interests include humor communications, the rhetoric of comedy, and young adult literature.

Jillian is looking forward to the hands-on, minds-on Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, and in the spirit of her Hot Topics Roundtable Discussion about "Using Social Media to Increase Civic Engagement," she may as well tell you that you can find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads, engaging civically. Writing this, Jillian is reminded of an amusing bio she once read, which said something like, "Dan enjoys warm hats, speaking in the third person, and short, declarative sentences," but she can't steal that because plagiarism isn't her thing.

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Kara Clayton is a Media Educator at Thurston High School in the South Redford School District, Redford Twp., Michigan. She teaches courses in English Language Arts, Media Literacy and Video Production. Clayton is passionate about the cross-curricular inclusion of Media and Digital Literacy. As such, she provides professional development at the district and state level. She has presented her work at numerous conferences including: the Michigan Reading Association, the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning, the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and the National Council for Teachers of English. Clayton has received recognition for her work in both Media Literacy and Media Production. These awards include: the NCTE Media Literacy Award (2012); the Michigan Youth Arts Council Touchstone Teacher of the Year (2012); the USA Today Courageous Leader Award (2010); and she was a finalist for the Cable in the Classroom Leaders in Learning Award (2006). Clayton's students have won numerous video production awards at the state and national level. Kara Clayton received her M.A. in Reading Instruction and Professional Teaching Certificate from Eastern Michigan University, and her B.A. in Communication from the University of Michigan.

I hope you'll attend my Hot Topic Session on Wednesday!



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Dr. Julie Coiro is Associate Professor of Reading in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island. She also works collaboratively with Renee Hobbs in URI's Media Education Lab. Julie was one of the original creators of the New Literacies Summer Teacher Leader Institute in 2009. She speaks nationally about her research in reading comprehension strategy instruction, the new literacies of the Internet, online reading comprehension, and effective practices for technology integration and professional development. Before coming to URI, Julie worked as Co-Director of The New Literacies Research Labat the University of Connecticut. Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a focus on students with learning disabilities; a Masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans with a focus on reading; and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in the area of Cognition and Instruction from the University of Connecticut. She is a former middle school and elementary school teacher and has provided professional development to teachers around the country for the past 20 years. You can access some of Julie’s work at http://uri.academia.edu/JulieCoiro/Papers


noa elefant.jpgNoa Elefant Loffler is a Policy and Government Relations Manager for Google Israel. In her position at Google, she is responsible for several digital literacy projects. The Web Rangers is an initiative she is especially proud of. Leading teenagers came to Google for a workshop and then developed their own campaigns on safety online in their communities. Take a look at the video to learn more about it. In her presentation at the summer institute, she'll present another project, which she's equally proud of... Hang-Out Bridges. This project is all about using the Internet for cross-cultural discourse. They recently finalized the pilot project in Israel and look forward to the next steps. If you are inspired by this project, Noa is more then happy to implement a Rhode-Island version of Hang Out Bridges. Before she joined Google, she worked for the Israeli regulator of commercial TV&Radio. Working for the regulator, she acknowledged the challenges new media is bringing, alongside the massive opportunities it unfolds. Noa believed then (and she still thinks) regulators should take the responsibility to promote media literacy. "Top Down" regulation is not as relevant and effective as it used to be with traditional media, and literacy is a key for users in making the most out of their media experiance. Hence, they initiated cooperation with the Ministry of Education and created several media literacy projects. It was not a trivial nor a simple task. These days, at Google, Noa feels she can do much more and achieve greater impact. She'll be happy to demonstrate it with Hang Out Bridges - when we meet on Tuesday.


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Dr. Carolyn Fortuna is a teacher researcher at Franklin High School in Massachusetts and Rhode Island College, where she infuses multigenre, multimodal, and transcultural instruction with her students in the English and Gender & Women’s Studies departments. Of special interest to Carolyn is the rhetoric contained in sports media texts, and Carolyn incorporates critical discourse and content analysis into her qualitative research and instruction. She has e-published a book titled Sports and Media Pop Culture and has designed two curricula: Sports, Popular Culture, and Literature and Gender and Sport. She recently founded IDigItMedia.com, a digital and media literacy and learning consulting company that, when released, will offer professional development about digital and media analysis and composition as part of school action plans, community outreach, youth advocacy, senior citizen workshops, and higher education scholarship and research. More than anything, Carolyn believes that people from diverging viewpoints can work together to better understand the power and place of digital and media learning and literacy in today’s society. Her work has been published in the //Journal of Teaching and Learning//, Networks: An On-line Journal for Teacher Research, and Knowledge Quest, among others. Carolyn holds a B.A. in letters and M.A. in writing from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in education with concentration in media literacy from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.


fontaine-headshot.jpg Dave Fontaine works as an Adjunct, online instructor for the University of Rhode Island’s School of Education. There he teaches educators, from around the globe, how to navigate through the maze of online Digital Content to find high-quality, ‘open educational resources’ to integrate directly into their classrooms. Some of the online courses that he teaches are: “Harnessing the Power of the Internet for Teaching and Learning,” “Using Blogs and Wikis to Foster Literacy” and most recently, "eBooks and Digital Content." As a consultant and Digital Literacy expert, Fontaine most recently lead a cohort of educators this past Spring through a semester long pilot program. They learned how to use ‘open source’ content to develop their own eTextbooks while embedding multi-media such as video tutorials, personal screencasts, and vetted hyperlinks to support their place-based curriculum and help ‘flip their classrooms’ .

Additionally, Dave works as a National Board Certified Library Media Specialist for the Middletown School Department and has been presenting for the past decade to national, state, district, and school-based groups.



headshot (491x737).jpgTara Hixon is the Library Media Specialist for Cashion Public Schools in Cashion, Oklahoma, where she works with students in grades PreK-12th. As part of her library curriculum, she teaches digital literacy to 5th and 6th grade students, with emphasis on personal safety, media awareness, and information literacy. She introduces the students to information in new formats, then pushes them to see through the novelty and examine the real validity of the content. Hixon attended the University of Arkansas to earn her BA in Public Relations and Advertising, then attended the University of Oklahoma to receive her MLIS with the goal of becoming a school librarian. She teaches professional development for the classroom teachers in her district, as well as at the regional level. She has presented her research and work at several statewide conferences and has been chosen to be a member of OLA Gold, the Oklahoma Library Association's leadership program.





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Dr. Renee Hobbs is Professor and Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. Professor Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She founded the **Media Education Lab**, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service. With her colleagues at the Media Education Lab, Hobbs developed Powerful Voices for Kids, a university-school partnership that offers a comprehensive program for K-12 schools including a summer enrichment program for children, staff development program, hands-on mentoring and curriculum development, and parent and community outreach. In the early 1990s, she created the first national teacher education program in media literacy, the Harvard Institute on Media Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Renee Hobbs maintains an active research agenda that examines the intersections of the fields of media studies and education. She has published five books, numerous award-winning multimedia curricula, and dozens of articles in scholarly journals in three fields: communication, education and health. Renee Hobbs received an Ed.D in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Communication from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan.


Koptiuch, Kristin 1.jpg Kristin Koptiuch is a cultural anthropologist and urban ethnographer who tries to practice anthropology as much performance art as social science. She is associate professor of anthro in the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences in the unique New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at Arizona State University, in sizzling-but-it's-a-dry-heat Phoenix. Her key research and teaching interests are in global urbanism, transnational migration, and cultural diversity--but she's also a bit of a technophile and aficionado of cyberinfrastructure, geospatial analysis and digital humanist social science. In progress is a book Urban Vertigo, an interdisciplinary study of the strangely un-urban urbanism of the transnationalizing "edge city" of metropolitan Phoenix, which hijacks quantitative geospatial analysis to map the urban imaginary, among other things. She voyaged around the world on a ship when she taught on the Semester at Sea in fall 2006, and has not stopped traveling since (just back from 10 days in Istanbul!). She runs an ASU study abroad program in Costa Rica, takes her Migration & Culture course on a fieldtrip to Mexico, gets her Global Cities students doing virtual fieldwork in megacities of the Global South, and uses the city of Phoenix as a living Ethnographic Field Lab for students' fieldwork on aspects of contemporary urbanism. By turning her students into "instant webmasters" of their own creative and informative web portfolios documenting these participatory learning activities, Koptiuch endeavors to convey to students in her classroom some of the incredible I-was-there immersion experience of global travel and first-hand fieldwork discovery to enrich their understanding and insight about their local/global community. Visit her web site for more info.


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Jennifer Ladner is an educator, a life-long student of communication, the mother of two young children, and co-owner of Screen Savvy Kids, a media literacy consulting company based in Princeton, MA. Screen Savvy Kids offers camps and classes for children, trainings for parents, and workshops to assist teachers with the integration of media literacy into the classroom based on national, state and district standards (including 21st Century Skills and Common Core State Standard Initiatives). Jennifer is dedicated to providing guidance and support to children of all ages, so that they may become more effective communicators, better critical thinkers, and positive contributors to society. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Communication and has worked as an adjunct instructor in the Communication and Media Department at Fitchburg State University for the past few years. In addition, Jennifer has delivered several presentations on children and the media as a guest lecturer at multiple liberal arts colleges in Central Massachusetts and she has conducted corporate trainings on communication skills and teamwork. Jennifer is also an experienced photographer and videographer. To learn more about Jennifer, see examples of her online articles, or learn more about her media literacy workshops at Screen Savvy Kids, please visit www.screensavvykids.com.


images.jpegLeah Lubman is the Middle & High School Media Specialist at Paul Cuffee School and a Graduate of Simmons College in Boston. A lover of all things Library Media, she's worked to build a now three year old high school library at Paul Cuffee, while planting, watering, and growing programming at both schools. Leah also works with staff on technology integration and training. These elements add-up to a lot of time spent participating in fun and engaging work. Leah also has a fine arts background in Sculpture and Photography, which she says, "Oddly enough, comes in handy." Some examples of collaborative, engaging, professional, fun will be on display during Reading The World; a co-presentation with Josie Batista. For more information and entertainment follow me at Twitter via @Comedy1613 or Pinterest.



CandaceMarcotte (1).jpgCandace Marcotte is a middle school technology facilitator in Glenview, Illinois. Working with 800+ sixth-eighth graders and 75+ staff members directly, she focuses on promoting digital literacy, digital citizenship, and creativity in technology integration. In addition, she works on a team of district technology facilitators who have been busy preparing the district staff for implementation of a 1:1 iPad roll out for the upcoming school year. Candace is currently also an instructor for Michigan State University's Educational Technology Certificate Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, while studying Elementary Education and received a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Prior to the completion of her M.A., Candace taught sixth grade ELA and science in Michigan and was honored as Teacher of the Year and as a runner up in Tech & Learning's Leader of the Year Program in 2011. Visit her website for more information or say, "Hi" on Twitter via @canmarcotte.



img030.jpgWilliam Marsland is an elementary/middle school music educator in the Chicago Public Schools (Chicago, IL). He instructs over 625 students in his music classroom, purposefully integrating technology into his curriculum wherever possible and available. He has worked on a team to create a school-wide technology plan and curriculum, K through 8, and has provided technology professional development to his staff on numerous occasions. William also instructs adult learners online through Michigan State University's Educational Technology Certificate Program. He is originally from Rhode Island, and attended Providence College for his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. He later attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) for a Master of Music degree in Music Theory, and then Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) for a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. He is also an avid runner, and is currently training for his third Chicago Marathon. Visit his website to learn more, and follow him on Twitter @billmarsland.



DSC00040.JPGLaura Morrison is a certified int/senior teacher, currently completing her M.A. with a focus in social media and education. She has taught English Literature in the Canadian public high school system and also English as a second language in Seneca College's English Language Institute. She currently works full-time as a research assistant at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In this role, she helps create and deliver research projects which are delivered in the Toronto District School Board's elementary and secondary schools. The research projects focus on how technology, specifically mobile computing devices, can motivate students and how social networking sites can develop communities of practice and collaborative learning in the classroom and beyond. The studies are theoretically grounded in a multiliteracies pedagogy. After the completion of her M.A. next year, Laura plans to continue her learning in a PhD program in Toronto, Ontario.



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Picture 1.pngDr. W. Ian O'Byrne is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of New Haven. Ian is the coordinator of the Instructional Technology & Digital Media Literacy program in the Education Department at the University of New Haven. He is also a former Research Fellow at the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut. He received his Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts in the 180 Days Program. He has been involved in initiatives in school districts ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. He is currently a member of AERA and NCTE, and currently serves on the Policy and Legislative Committee for Literacy Research Association, and the Technology, Communication, and Literacy committee for International Reading Association. His research examines the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online spaces.



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Shawn Rubin is the Director of Technology Integration at the Highlander Institute in Providence, RI managing the Institute’s blended learning and technology integration professional development programs. Shawn is also the co-founder and CEO of Metryx, a start-up software company building flexible formative assessment tools for educators to use on mobile devices. Shawn began his education career, in 2000, as a founding faculty member of the Highlander Charter School teaching a range of grades including four years in kindergarten. Contact srubin@highlanderinstitute.org. @ShawnCRubin






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Christina T. Russo is the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) librarian and a district professional development team representative for New Canaan High School. She is a co- winner of American Library Association (ALA) Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services Award,The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), National School Library Program of the Year Award, and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians Bernice "Bunny" Yesner School Library Program of the Year Award. In addition, Ms. Russo has published and presented at and state conferences on 21st century literacy, collaboration, assessment, technology, and Common Core State Standards.



9 -sm.jpgHolly Walsh is an e-Learning and Instructional Technology Specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Instruction, Assessment and Accountability. Holly has organized a number of technology resources at her RIDE website and she also heads up the Office of Multiple Pathways, devoted to building awareness of virtual learning opportunities for Rhode Island students. In 2012, Holly hosted Rhode Island's first annual Innovation Powered by Technology Conference and she has recently posted a call for proposals for the 2013 Innovation Powered by Technology Conference which will be held on October 5, 2013.