When They Know TIK TOK And Not Google Doc: Strategies for Engaging Digitally Foreign Learners
Presenters: Keith Burgess, Jimmeka Anderson, and Amanda Clapp
Since COVID-19, have you had challenges getting your students to engage in remote learning, even when the technology is provided? While many students are digitally active through entertainment or social media, some are not accustomed to using technology in academic and informative ways outside of school. This population has been identified as digitally foreign learners. In this webinar, participants will learn about a project that addressed these challenges and take away some strategies to implement in their classroom.
||This webinar was offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education to provide participants with Act 48 continuing professional education credit.
Keith Burgess is a middle grades science instructor at Druid Hills Academy in Charlotte, NC. He is also a doctoral student in the Urban Education program at UNC-Charlotte where his research focuses on benefits of STEM career exposure for middle grades students. Mr. Burgess has been a part of a number of distinguished fellowships including the Kenan Fellowship for Teacher Leadership sponsored by NC State University, Visiting Doctoral Scholars fellowship sponsored by University of Vermont, and Charlotte Teacher Institute fellowship. He has shared his expertise in the field of middle school education during presentations at both national and international conferences. In addition to presenting best practices for middle grades education during conference presentations, Mr. Burgess has also done education consulting with organizations on a local, state and national level.
Jimmeka Anderson is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include critical digital media literacy education and she has immersed her professional development efforts in focusing on technology inequity among historically marginalized students. She received her master's degree in Educational Media with a focus on New Media Literacies at Appalachian State University. While serving as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. for nine years, she has developed curriculum and award-winning community programs that empower youth through media literacy and media creation. Additionally, Jimmeka is the Chapter Lead for North Carolina for Media Literacy Now, the creator of the Teen Media Literacy Conference in Charlotte, NC, and has served in several leadership advisory roles with the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), American Education Research Association (AERA), and American Library Association (ALA). Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. degree, Jimmeka worked as a Library Outreach Coordinator for ten years at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and for the past three years has served as a Course Instructor with the Carolina School of Broadcasting. Outside of her professional pursuits, Jimmeka enjoys watching Disney movies and traveling with her eleven-year-old daughter Whitney.
Amanda Clapp, MA is a national board-certified middle school science teacher in rural North Carolina. She works at The Catamount School, an NC lab school run by Western Carolina University, where she also teaches science methods to middle grades majors. She has worked as district director for the NC Science Teachers Association, and she was a Kenan Fellow and a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. She uses project-based learning and her classroom gets really noisy