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Teaching Artistry in the Age of Convergence

Using Video in Urban Elementary Professional Development to Support Digital Media Arts Integration

This research article published in the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education by UIC research partners Becca Woodard and Emily Machado focuses on how a team of first-grade teachers and digital media artists used video in innovative ways during professional development over the course of a year.

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Cultivating Disciplinary Futures in a School-Based Digital Atelier

Cultivating Disciplinary Futures in a School-Based Digital Atelier

This research article published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy by UIC research partners Nathan C. Phillips, Becca Woodard, and Virginia Killian Lund focuses on how mentoring practices observed in the DA build interest-driven digital pathways that cultivate students' disciplinary futures and can inform teaching and learning in other contexts.

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Teaching Artistry in the Age of Convergence

Teaching Artistry in the Age of Convergence

Teaching Artistry in the Age of Convergence outlines the history and role of the Digital Media Mentor (DMM), a modern-day teaching artist that effects change in schools through direct collaboration with teachers.

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Digital Atelier Guide

Digital Atelier Guide

The Digital Atelier Guide is a one-page, interactive PDF that provides schools with three steps and multiple resources for building a successful, student-centered digital atelier that meets their custom needs.

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Digital Atelier Toolkit

Digital Atelier Toolkit

The Digital Atelier Toolkit consists of design planning tools provided by Archeworks that are intended to guide inclusive school planning processes to replicate Digital Ateliers - innovative, student-directed digital media learning spaces - at other schools in the future.

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Digital Atelier Research Summary

Digital Atelier Research Summary

The Digital Atelier Research Summary highlights the profound impact a learner-centered, technology rich, makerspace had on student learning and teacher practice at Tilden Career Academy. To learn more visit: convergence.bretford.com.

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3Cs

3Cs

The 3C’s Framework is a common-sense guide designed for teachers to integrate activities that authentically engage learners in 21st century learning modalities across all curricula and grade bands.. The framework identifies experiential learning activities that can strengthen the participatory agency of youth by harnessing the power of globally networked media and digital culture. It is grounded in theories of connected learning theory posited by Mimi Ito as well as Henry Jenkins research on new media literacies. It also aligns closely with the Partnership for 21st century skills framework and the MHA Labs 21st Century Skills Building Blocks.

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6 Pillars

6 Pillars

The Six Pillars represent current best practices in digital media education and link to both Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluation rubrics modeled on the Danielson Framework.

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Convergence in Action

Convergence in Action

Convergence In Action provides a glimpse of how teacher capacity was built and student learning was advanced during the first academic year of the whole school reform implementation.

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Teacher Companion Guide

Teacher Companion Guide

The Teacher Companion Guide helps educators design effective curriculum and instruction to support engaging, meaningful connected learning in their classrooms.

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Digital Media Mentor Handbook

Digital Media Mentor Handbook

The Digital Media Mentor Handbook provides practical information and tips to help media artists successfully work with teachers in designing and implementing powerful learning experiences for students.

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Intellectual Property
Convergence Academies and its contents were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Investing in Innovation (i3) Program. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.