Developing Digital Literacies:  A Framework for Professional Learning

by Dustin C. Summey

published by Corwin (July 2013)

Chapter 1 – New Literacies in a Digital World

Digital literacies are the essential skills for managing information and communication in our rapidly changing and increasingly digital world.  Digital literacies are adaptable in order to accommodate constantly changing technologies, whereas traditional technical skill sets are static and quickly become outdated.

Chapter 2 – Professional Development That (Really) Works

Certain traits tend to characterize effective professional development but are too often ignored during planning and implementation.  Innovative, fresh approaches are combined with time-tested models in order to create dynamic professional learning experiences that engage all participants.

Chapter 3 – A Framework for Program Development and Implementation

A highly adaptable framework enables teachers, administrators, and schools to integrate digital literacies into professional learning and classroom instruction.

Chapter 4 – Teacher Leaders and Support Structures

Teacher leaders are an essential key to successful professional development.  The strategic placement of both human and technological support structures ensures that digital literacies become a permanently embedded part of teaching and learning for teachers and student alike.

Chapter 5 – Promoting Buy-In and Active Participation

Marketing is an essential, yet often-overlooked, aspect of change initiatives that can make the difference in whether an effort produces desired results — both inside and outside of the classroom.  Simple, effective strategies are accessible to school leader.

Chapter 6 – Long-Term Planning: Ensuring a Lasting Impact

Taking time to plan beyond the current school year makes it possible to render a truly sustainable program that ensures lasting results.

Chapter 7 – The Tools of Technology

Technology plays a key role in digital literacies.  Online and mobile technologies are the tools by which students and teachers engage their digital literacies in order to communicate, collaborate, and learn in the 21st century.  This chapter opens the tool box and explains how to make it happen.