Digital Literacy Libraries Professional Development

Free Online Conference on Digital Literacy and Fake News

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Written by Lori Gracey

Take advantage of this free online conference and learn what libraries can do to help students understand fake news and be more digitally literate.

In an age when even many adults find it hard to tell fact from fiction, the San Jose State University School of Information is offering a free virtual conference on the topic of digital literacy and fake news. The three-hour web conference consists of an opening and closing keynote session and crowd-sourced presentations on the topic.

Presentations are specially aimed at library media specialists, but will be of interest to all educators. Questions that will be answered include:

  • How should library and information professionals address the issues of fake news, propaganda, and biased research?
  • What technical skills are required for critical thinking in the digital age?
  • As learners increasingly move from just consuming information to also socially producing it, what are the new requisite skills of critical thinking and decision-making?
  • What are appropriate uses for social media when conducting research?
  • What is digital citizenship in a global, globally-diverse, and often globally-fragmented world?
  • What work on digital literacy is available, what frameworks already support these efforts, what are the perspectives of the leading thinkers?

The keynote panel, moderated by futurist Bryan Alexander, will discuss the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. Panelists will dig into the role of libraries and librarians in addressing fake news, propaganda, and biased research. Social media for information gathering, the requisite skills for critical thinking and decision making, and digital citizenship in our globally diverse world will also be covered in this tantalizing conversation.

Registration for this engaging event on June 1 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. PDT is completely free. And all registrants will receive links to the recorded sessions. This means that, even if you can’t attend the live sessions, you should register and then have access to all of the content whenever you have time for it, making it perfect for summer learning!


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About the author

Lori Gracey

Lori Gracey has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director. She currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, and teachers across the country. During her nine years in this position, she has led TCEA in membership and revenue growth, helped to pay off their building and purchase a new, larger building, and implemented new conferences, partnerships with other associations, and professional development opportunities for members and non-members. She serves more than 17,000 members and oversees a staff of 21. Lori is also on the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and SXSWedu and recently served as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 Convention in San Antonio.

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