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If the last year has taught us anything about life in the classroom, it’s that the need for digital innovation has never been greater. Many educators did not feel adequately prepared to use digital tools and navigate the complexities of teaching online. And, sadly, many students in underserved, rural, and Indigenous communities did not have the needed access or digital skills to fully participate in online education.
These are just some of the reasons we are developing the Digital Innovation and Learning Lab (DIALL), which adopts a community-based approach to explore how digital literacies can transform teaching and learning and extend research opportunities. DIALL will offer open-access hours and will design hands-on professional learning opportunities for teachers, educators, students, and community members.
You are invited to join us Tuesday, April 27, 5:30-6:30, to learn more about DIALL with faculty members Associate Professor Jill Castek and Associate Professor Blaine Smith as they discuss their vision for DIALL.
Castek, co-director of DIALL, says, “DIALL will serve as a cutting-edge instructional space to build community and explore creative possibilities for expanding literacy and learning.
Renovations on the first floor of the College of Education building have already begun for DIALL with a vision for expanding innovative possibilities. The podcasting bay extends digital storytelling with soundscapes. Imagine teachers using interactive, multi-media approaches to amplify learners’ digital creativity."
DIALL co-director Smith adds, “DIALL is everyone’s space. If you have a project that could be enhanced by dynamic and hands-on, digital literacies extensions, DIALL is a place where you can bring your vision alive.”
Register today! Free and open to the public.