Welcome to the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy -- 2013!

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We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Campus, July 14-19, 2013. Designing the Institute has been an exciting experience for us—full of innovative ideas, collaborative practices, and dynamic questions about digital literacies in the 21st century. We are eager to continue this ongoing venture as we work and learn with you during the week.

1. For most of you, the Institute begins Sunday evening at the Roots Cultural Center (5:00 – 7:00 pm). The museum is located at 276 Westminster Street in downtown Providence (http://rootsprovidence.com/). Directions to the Roots Cultural Center can be found online at: http://dliuri2013.wikispaces.com/Sunday. You can view the Institute map to see where it is in relation to nearby hotels and the Convention Center parking lot.

Please note: If you are a graduate student taking the Institute for credit or if you are a presenter, see #5 below for your arrival times – you will meet earlier on Sunday, July 14 at the URI Fienstein campus building at 80 Washington Street in downtown Providence.

2. Get Connected. In preparation for an action-packed week, please complete the following before you attend the Sunday, July 14th Welcoming Reception at the Roots Cultural Center:
  • (a) Join our Institute wiki: http://dliuri2013.wikispaces.com. If you have not used Wikispaces before, you will need to create an account, and we will approve you for the site;
  • (b) Join our Ning at http://newlitcollaborative.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp?There you will upload a picture of yourself and write a professional bio (100 words or so) in order to get to know your fellow Institute participants. You can also use this information to find an inquiry partner that you will work with during the week. We have created a group within the Ning that we would like for you to join: http://newlitcollaborative.ning.com/group/dliuri
  • (c) Install important downloads and create personal logins BEFORE you arrive at the Institute. Visit http://dliuri2013.wikispaces.com/Cool_Tool_Logins to preview the tools featured at the Institute. Click the link after each digital tool/resource to access the website and consider installing and/or creating logins and passwords for as many as possible. This way, we can use all of the time at the Cool Tools sessions exploring the features of that digital resource for your own needs. A complete list of Cool Tools and Topic Sessions is available here: http://dliuri2013.wikispaces.com/Cool+Tools+and+Hot+Topics
  • (d) As a way to begin thinking about what you will learn at the Institute, you are highly encouraged to view a short introduction video that gives an overview of the many exciting parts of the Institute that you will experience during the week.

3. Bring your wireless, Internet-ready laptop and power cord. Please make sure it is fully charged at the beginning of each day. There will be power supplies provided during the day, but there will be times when you will not have access to power as well. For those who do not have a laptop, PC or Mac laptops can be provided during the Institute. Please contact Jonathan Friesem at yonty@my.uri.edu as soon as possible if you will need to borrow a laptop at the institute. Feel free to bring other devices (ipad, smartphone, digital cameras, etc.) if you like. We will have some ipads available to explore during Cool Tool sessions as well.

4. Note that a small breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Refreshments will be served Sunday evening at the opening reception. Dinner is on your own each evening, except for Wednesday. Wednesday night we will have our Digital Literacies Reception at AS220 (http://www.as220.org/about/) from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. The restaurant is located in downtown Providence: 96 Empire Street. We will share what we're learning, eat great food with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and have fun in a relaxed, social gathering. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs (email Cynthia at cynthiaweller@uri.edu). Dress is casual for all events.

5. The success of the Institute depends on you! We need your physical presence as well as your full creative participation. Remember that the Institute begins for most participants on Sunday at 5:00 pm and will end on Friday at 1:00 pm. Please make your travel plans accordingly. Please note: If you are taking the Institute for graduate credit, you should plan to arrive at 12:30 pm on Sunday and stay until 2:00 pm on Friday. If you are a presenter, you should plan to arrive at 3:30 pm on Sunday for a one hour planning meeting with other presenters. Come prepared to attend fully, work hard, be innovative, and, above all, have fun!

Our passion and energy for our work comes from our belief that education transforms lives. We believe that our educational system must be transformed to meet the new demands of globally-connected life and work in the 21st century. We also believe that emerging technologies play a critical role in contemporary education and in changing what it means to be literate. Teachers, librarians, and youth media specialist are central to the educational change process. These three groups of individuals, along with policy makers and other educational leaders, must be actively involved in creating new visions and pathways for education. The possibilities for being innovative as an educator are endless, and we believe that all students—not just a few—should have high quality, creative educational experiences. That’s why we have chosen the following theme for the week: “Inquire, Collaborate, Create!” We look forward to your helping us make this theme come alive as we all explore new ways of “doing” education in changing and challenging times.

We'll see you at the Welcoming Reception on Sunday, July 12 (5:00 - 7:00 pm) at the Roots Cultural Center.


The URI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy Design Group