URI offers digital literacy leadership competition

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Winners receive free tuition at Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, July 24, Providence Feinstein Campus

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Feb. 26, 2016—The University of Rhode Island is offering digital literacy awards to recognize people who are leaders in the field in schools, libraries and communities.

The two winners of the Leadership in Digital Literacy Awards will receive free tuition to the 2016 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, July 24 through 29, on the Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington St.

“We are on the lookout for educators, librarians, media professionals and youth media leaders who inspire and demonstrate how to implement programs that make a difference in their communities,” said Renee Hobbs, co-director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Literacy and a professor in URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.

A panel of judges will select two awards, one for a first-time participant in the summer institute and one for a returning participant who will enroll in the tier 2 leadership track. Each award is valued at $750.

Anyone can apply for the awards.

For more information about the awards, visit Media Education Lab.

To learn more about the 2016 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, watch http://bit.ly/SIDL2016

“Leaders have a clear vision for how digital literacy advances learning,” said Charles Coiro of the Leadership Academy at the U.S. Coast Guard and one of the faculty members at URI’s Summer Institute in Digital Literacy. “They inspire others by modeling the way and challenging the process. Leaders in digital literacy enable others to act and encourage the heart. In whatever setting you act, or whatever role you play, you can be a leader in digital literacy.”

URI’s 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy supports the development of regional and national leaders in digital literacy education. The program aims to give educators, librarians and others the skills they need to help people ask the right questions, make good choices about content and synthesize information from many sources.

Dozens of educators from 15 states and 10 countries have participated in the program since it started three years ago. Participants learn to use new digital tools including Storify, FlipGrid, Symbaloo, Padlet, Wikispaces, WordPress, Evernote and many others.

Pictured above: Students enrolled in URI’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy use new video platforms to participate in an online seminar. Photo courtesy of Renee Hobbs.