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Tapping Into the Cultural Wealth of Urban Youth's Technology Know-How

A Pre-conference Workshop at the 2011 USN Conference

April 29, 2011

The Colonnade Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

In May 2010, the Pew Research Center noticed a continuing trend of Black and Latino youth far outpacing Whites in the use of the Internet on mobile devices. More and more of our urban students are utilizing the Internet and related technologies for myriad forms of communication—though not always via channels that are appreciated in school—including but not limited to social networking, blogging, and multimedia production. What does all this mean for the educators of these students?

This daylong institute will illustrate how digital literacy skills in a multitude of forms are critical in helping teachers address the challenges of the opportunity gap while helping students produce powerful texts that serve to recognize, value, and incorporate their knowledge and experiences.

After a morning workshop, participants will explore the use of selected digital literacy tools in instructional experiences designed to engage and empower urban youth. Registration is limited to the first 60 participants who register through the USN Conference registration form.



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