Educating in a Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy

October 30, 2014

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, The Urban Affairs Coalition in partnership with The Philadelphia Writing Project and sponsored by Comcast presented Educating in a Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy (EDAS). Over 100 educators attended the event to receive best educational practices for using technology in-class with high-tech digital tools and resources. This one day session connected teachers and educators with easy “plug and play” resources for easy technology integration in the classroom, allowed more learning possibilities for students.

“Our collaboration with the Urban Affairs Coalition and the Philadelphia Writing Project to present Educating in the Digital Age enable Comcast to provide Philadelphia educators with valuable information on how we are working together to bridge the digital divide in Philadelphia.” Bob Smith, Vice President of Community Investment for the Comcast Freedom Region.

This full day professional development seminar included breakout sessions, product demonstrations, and expert panels showcasing the future of digital literacy education inside and outside of the classroom. 

“Our goal with EDAS is to work with teachers on Saturday to show them tools and resources that they can bring into the classroom on the next Monday,” says Tivoni Devor, Partnership and Outreach Manager of The Urban Affairs Coalition.

We are confident that we will reach this goal, bridging the gap between education and digital literacy. One of the many digital tools that we believe would best service students is Scholly, a mobile application that helps high school and college students find scholarships internationally. This tool was presented at event to encourage teachers to offer students as a digital aid for the college application process. Scholly is accessible for download on Android and iPhone devices.

That was one of many event highlights. Here are some additional EDAS highlights.

  • Event Opener- Matt Kay, Founder & Coordinator of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement  (PYPM) Slam presented two youth poets who performed spoken word
  • Comcast laptop giveaway- Three laptops were given away to teachers to pay forward to deserving students
  • Professional Development- Educators were offered free professional development credits for attending the event and received the opportunity for in-group and one-on-one networking with fellow educators.

Educating in the Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy is more than an event. It is the first part of an annual series. We are currently developing a website that will host all event details and photos, so stay tuned for a special update about that in the near future.

We would like to thank all event speakers Special thanks to our event sponsor, Comcast NBC Universal, our emcee, Vince Lattanzio, NBC 10 Digital and Television Journalist, and Diane Waff, Director of The Philadelphia Writing Project at Penn Graduate School of Education (GSE).

Together, the EDAS partnership will “conquer the digital divide with expanding digital literacy.” *

Follow EDAS on Twitter #EDAS14

*Photo credits- Comcast NBC Universal. Comcast Digital Literacy Slogan.

Top left (from left): Bob Smith, Region VP of Community Investment at Comcast; Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President & CEO of The Urban Affairs Coalition; Vince Lattanzio, NBC 10 Digital and Television Journalist; and Arun Prabhakaran, Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer of The Urban Affairs Coalition.