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I Tumbled, I Tweeted, I Taught: Critical Engagement Through Social Media

CTCBLook at the internet today. Things are happening online right now that would have been inconceivable even five years ago.  With that in mind I have to say I can think of few topics more timely than the ones that will be raised at the upcoming Social Media Institute here in Illinois.

Oh?  What’s that?  You’ve never heard of a Social Media Institute before?  What is it, some kind of institution or something?  Not so much.  Think of a daylong conference where the entire focus is social media.  Here’s how Junko Yokota described it on the institute’s Facebook page:

On February 6th, 2016, The Center for Teaching through Children’s Books, in partnership with SCBWI and Pajeau Foundation, will present a Social Media Institute. We will be featuring keynotes from renowned social media and literacy experts on stimulating topics as well as hosting open discussions and breakout sessions on related topics.

What kinds of “social media and literacy experts”?  Well, for starters you’ll have me, Jules Danielson from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Colby Sharp of Nerdy Book Club fame, Mike Lewis the educator extraordinaire, and a panel on Managing Internet Culture featuring William Teale, Laura Beltchenko, Edi Campbell, and Darcy Proctor.  Then you have the breakout sessions which will be held in an unconference format.  Add in a couple fantastic lunchtime speakers who will be Skyping in and you’ve got yourself quite the Saturday.

Details on the event and registration can be found here.  It’s going to be held at the Skokie campus of National Louis University here in Illinois.  Heads up, local Chicagoans!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. That sounds so cool!!!! Off to look at the details and to wish that I still lived in Illinois.