Digital Literacy in the ELA Classroom Series - NCTE


Digital Literacy in the ELA Classroom Series

NCTE members are invited to join in a new online workshop series cohosted by NCTE and the Assembly on Computers in English (ACE). This series focuses on connecting members of our communities with high-quality digital literacy tools and knowledge of those resources that they can take into their ELA classrooms. Attendees will be able to leave with ideas, exemplars, and methods to use in the classroom with the tools and programs covered in each session!


Strategies for Creating an Equitable Digital Classroom

Thursday, June 16, 2022
7:00–8:30 p.m. ET

This workshop will help participants more fully engage with the variety of needs in their classrooms, with a special emphasis on students with disabilities and English learners. Participants will discuss elements of best practice and develop strategies that will benefit all learners and create the most equitable environment possible. Moreover, they will explore digital tools that can aid in these practices, including HyperDocs (interactive lessons that are designed in Google Docs and Slides) and Google Sites (for students to access class materials and develop their own digital portfolio).

Hosted by Troy Hicks and Megan Kowalski.

Troy Hicks is professor of English and education at Central Michigan University, where he collaborates with K–12 colleagues to explore how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms and teaches master’s and doctoral courses in educational technology. He is also director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. A former middle school teacher, he has received numerous awards, including the Michigan Reading Association Teacher Educator Award and the Central Michigan University Excellence in Teaching Award, and is an ISTE Certified Educator, a trained facilitator in digital storytelling through StoryCenter and story exchanges through Narrative4, and an affiliate faculty member with the Media Education Lab.

Megan Kowalski is a teacher of English language arts and mathematics to students with disabilities at Walsh Elementary in Chicago, Illinois. Her work in the classroom has spanned a variety of ages, content areas, and settings. She is dedicated to helping students find their love for stories, especially in nontraditional formats. She has acted as the middle school department chair and a teacher mentor; has participated in a variety of school-based committees, including the instructional leadership team and the response to intervention teams; and has facilitated many after-school clubs and activities, where she can share her love for great storytelling, personal writing, and technology. She has been a teacher consultant with the Chippewa River Writing Project since 2009, which has helped shape her teaching philosophy and pedagogy. You can contact her at or at @MeganKowalski7 on Twitter.