Digital Literacy Series

UT Arlington College of Education

Announcing a Series on Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, organize, communicate, and create information within a framework of human interconnectedness. This series of professional development sessions will explore digital literacy and its impact on teaching and learning.

Digital Literacy: Create

Thursday, May 5th, 12pm

Trimble Hall, Room 111

Arlington, TX

Presenters: Michael Ruiz

Michael Ruiz is a fourth-grade science teacher at William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted, where he mentors younger teachers, designs and presents professional development for teachers of gifted students, and coordinates the school’s coding club. Ruiz also blogs about education and technology and develops bilingual teaching curriculum for multiple subjects.


Ruiz promotes student buy-in in his classroom by creating projects that require students to work as a team alongside their teacher. “My advice to any teacher, new or veteran, would be that 23 people working towards the same goal will always be more effective than one. The key to student success is to create student buy-in. My greatest successes have resulted from having students work with me, rather than for me. I achieve this by crafting lessons that motivate students to take charge of their learning.”


Praised by colleagues as a problem-solver, innovator and campus technology guru, Ruiz is described by supervisor Brigette Caldwell as a fixture in the school’s academic and social life.


“Michael organizes social events including movie outings and roller-skating parties and leads student programs such as Destination Imagination and coding clubs. Michael stays abreast of current technology and trained staff on Google Drive and use of Surface tablets. He also created the William B. Travis Google Apps domain for students and launched the Students Leading the Advancement of Technology in Education group, or SLATE, which is a student group that presents educational technology solutions at professional conferences.”

Digital Literacy Series

January 28, 2016 - Digital Literacy: Overview

Presenter: Brian Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor, UT Arlington

February 18, 2016 - Digital Literacy: Find

Presenter: Tiffany Matlock, High School Librarian, Melissa ISD

March 10, 2016 - Digital Literacy: Evaluate

Presenter: Debby Reiling, Library Media Services Consultant, ESC 11

March 31, 2016 - Digital Literacy: Organize

Presenters: Cari Sturch, Coordinator of Elementary Instruction, & Heather Kilgore, Instructional Technologist, Commerce ISD

April 14, 2016 - Digital Literacy: Communicate

Presenters: Zach Snow, Instructional Technology Coordinator, & Stuart Burt, Chief Technology Officer, Royse City ISD

May 5, 2016 - Digital Literacy: Create

Presenter: Michael Ruiz, Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year

What is Digital Literacy?