Summer Institute on Digital Literacy for K-12 educators and librarians

Posted by on March 31, 2013

Join us in Providence for a hands-on, minds-on professional development program for educators and librarians

Overview. This six-day institute will focus on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. We’ll consider the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning at all levels. Join us in exploring innovative approaches now being used by K-12 educators, librarians, and college and university faculty, both in and out of the classroom. You will learn how to conduct project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies, which will help create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for you and your students.

Presenters! We are seeking dynamic and engaging workshop presentations from teachers, librarians, college faculty, ed tech entrepreneurs and media professsionals. You’ll get to work shoulder-to-shoulder with world-class experts in digital literacy. Click here to submit a proposal for consideration. Deadline to submit a proposal is April 30. You will be notified by May 15 if your proposal has been accepted. Presenters receive complimentary tuition.

Keynote Speaker:

Doug Rushkoff of and author of “Present Shock” and “Program or Be Programmed”


  • Renee Hobbs, University of Rhode Island
  • Julie Coiro, University of Rhode Island

Workshop Leaders:

  • Rhys Daunic, The Media Spot, Brooklyn, NY
  • Michele Schira-Hagerman, Michigan State University
  • Hiller Spires, North Carolina State University
  • Jonathan Friesem, University of Rhode Island
  • Mary Moen, University of Rhode Island

Dates: Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 8:30 – 5 p.m.

Location: URI CCE-Feinstein Campus, 80 Washington Street, Downtown Providence RI

Who Will Participate? The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy attracts 50-75 participants, including K-12 educators, school and public librarians, college and university faculty, graduate students, researchers, ed tech entrepreneurs, media professionals, and media literacy and youth media leaders in the informal learning sector.


Registration Fee: $600. Includes program materials, opening reception, daily refreshments, and one ticket to the gala dinner.

Bring a Co-Worker. To promote collaboration, participants are encouraged to register with a colleague. Two participants from the same organization pay $1000 (a cost-saving of $100 on tuition).

Earn 3 Graduate Credits (Optional):  Non-URI students, pay $990 to enroll in EDC 586: Problems in Education: Special Topics. URI Graduate Students earn credit for a flat tuition fee of $990. Participants who decide to earn graduate course credit will complete two additional assignments before and after the Summer Institute. URI Faculty and Staff. Pay $150 registration fee only. Spaces are limited, so register early.

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