Feb 27- March 1, 2020

Introduction:  Review course outline & start course readings

Blog Reflection:

Introduce yourself by sending the instructor a brief email with a short biography or yourself your most intriguing blog post link.

March 2-March 8, 2020

Theme: How We Communicate in a Digital Age – Digital Storytelling

Building Digital ToolBox, Collection of Digital Tools & Storytelling resourcesExamples of Ways in Which to Tell a Story or Narrative (Communicate meaning)Emphasis: Podcasting & Video creation

Video Storytelling: http://schoolblogs.rockyview.ab.ca/makinglearningvisible/learning-design-toolkit/

(Scroll down for “Tools for Storytelling”)

Podcast Storytelling: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/15/662116901/teaching-podcasting-a-curriculum-guide-for-educators

Blog Reflection:

Create a Digital Storytelling Response in your Individual Blog about your perspectives and experiences of digital storytelling

March 9- 15, 2020

Theme: Conceptualizing Our Digital Literacies Context

BC Digital Literacy Framework, What frameworks, current research and models have guided the creation of the BC Literacy Framework

Readings:BC Digital Literacy Framework https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/kindergarten-to-grade-12/teach/teaching-tools/digital-literacy-framework.pdf

Blog Reflection:Consider the Digital Literacy Framework Questions. Brainstorming Curriculum Project Design or ReDesign.

  • Guiding Questions: What is the story behind the BC Digital Literacy Framework? What research theory, literature, frameworks and models – have guided the BC Literacy Framework? What is missing from the current BC Digital literacy Framework? What other frameworks, theories and models could be considered to expand upon and extend the current BC Digital Literacy Framework?
  • AND Contextualizing Your Project. Choose a curriculum area that you want to explore further. Brainstorm a student project that you wish to redesign or design. How does the BC Digital Literacy Framework integrate into your project?

March 16 – March 22, 2020

Theme: Topic 1: Research and Information Literacy, Searching for & Finding Credible Resources & Connection of Digital Tools to Project


Stories and Perspectives: How to Search for and Find Different Stories and Perspectives.

Rheingold, H. (2012). Chapter 2 Crap Detection 101: How to Find What you Need to Know, and Decide if It’s True. In Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. (pp. 77-111). Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press.

Blog Reflection: Guiding Questions:

How can our digital bubble as educators filter the stories we hear and believe? What kinds of digital tools expand filter bubbles in your learning context? What types of  filter bubbles are influencing your digital project? What are you doing to ensure students are using a wide variety of digital resources ?

Send Task 2A – Part 1 (Final Project – Brainstorming)  to Instructor by March 29, 2020

Send Task 3A – Part 1 (Digital Narrative  – Storyboard) to Instructor by March 29, 2020

March 23 – 29, 2020

Theme: Topic 2: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making


Buchanan, R. (1992). Wicked Problems in Design Thinking Design Issues: MIT Press, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring, 1992), pp. 5-21

Galileo (2019). Designing Learning. Retrieved from https://galileo.org/designing-learning/ (Inquiry and Design Thinking)

Blog Reflection: Guiding Questions:What kinds of digital tools promote and encourage critical thinking? How does critical thinking influence narratives and perspectives?

Send Blog Reflection  (Task 1A) Choice #1 to Instructor for Assessment

March 30- April 5, 2020

Theme: Topic 3: Creativity and Innovation (Focus -Maker-spaces)


Resnick, M. (2007). All I really need to know (about creative thinking) I learned (by studying how children learn) in kindergarten. In Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGCHI conference on Creativity & Cognition (pp. 1–6). New York, NY, USA: ACM. http://dor.org/10.1145/1254960.1254961

Blog Reflection: Guiding Questions:

What kinds of digital tools encourage creativity and innovation? How could maker-spaces support creativity and innovation in your learning context and/or project?

April 6- April 12, 2020

Theme: Topic 4: Digital Citizenship – Developing & Designing for Safe Learning Spaces


Kral, I. & Schwab, R.G. (2012). Chapter 4: Design Principles for Indigenous Learning Spaces. Safe Learning Spaces. Youth, Literacy and New Media in Remote Indigenous Australia. ANU Press.http://doi.org/10.22459/LS.08.2012  Retrieved from: https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/learning-spaces%EF%BB%BF

Regan, P., & Jesse, J. (2019). Ethical challenges of edtech, big data and personalized learning: Twenty-first century student sorting and tracking. Ethics and Information Technology, 21(3), 167-179. DOI: 10.1007/s10676-018-9492-2 Retrieved from: https://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/10094/8152

Blog Reflection: Guiding Questions:

How does  a safe learning space influence student learning? How can educators ensure student privacy and safety is considered in digital environments? How does your project consider individual student digital identity, safety and choice while encouraging individual cultures and perspectives?

April 13- April 19, 2020

Theme: Topic 5: Communication and Collaboration

Readings:Rothwell, D. (2017). Social Media in K-12 Schools. BOLT Multi-authored Blog. [Weblog]. Retrieved from http://bolt.athabascau.ca/index.php/2017/09/01/social-media-in-k-12-schools/

Couros, A., & Hildebrandt, K. (2016). Designing for open and social learning. In G. Veletsianos (Ed.), Emergence and innovation in digital learning: Foundations and applications. Edmonton, Canada: AU Press. Retrieved from: http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120258

Blog Reflection: Guiding QuestionsWhat are some examples of digital tools that support communication and collaboration? How can digital tools expand learning beyond classroom walls? How does your project promote communication and collaboration between students in your class and with others outside your learning context?

April 20- April 26, 2020

Theme: Topic 6: Technology Operations and Concepts


Sterling, L., “Session L : Coding in the curriculum : Fad or foundational?” (2016). 2009 – 2019 ACER Research Conferences. 4.
https://research.acer.edu.au/research_conference/RC2016/9august/4 Retrieved from:  https://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1297&context=research_conference

Blog Reflection:

Reaction to Course Readings: Is coding a fad or is it something that needs to be integrated into every curriculum? Why or Why not? What is the role of computer science in digital literacies?  Does your project consider data, analytics or Artificial Intelligence?  How are emerging educational technology trends impacting your learning context?

April 27-30, 2020

Share Digital Narrative Projects with the class. Celebration of Learning during Class Time (which also involves feedback loops).

Hand in Narrative Project Task 2A (Part 2) and Digital Story (Part 2)

Complete Final Interview

Choose which final Reflection Instructor will evaluate. Add #Reflections to Blog Title