AATE/ALEA 2017 National Conference

Sunday 9th: Concurrent workshop (10.30 to 11.30)

Research Writing Rewired

In our networked world, the research writing process that we once learned has become obsolete. 3x5 cards and outlines are giving way to bibliographic management tools and mind mapping software. Moreover, students are now able to engage in the research process by reading and evaluating the work of others while simultaneously using the technology in their pockets to do their own primary research. In this workshop, we will step into a high school language arts classroom where students generate their own inquiry questions, explore a variety of texts -- from novels to non-fiction, from podcasts to photographs -- and, through their work, rewire the research process.

Suitable for educators teaching inquiry-based research practices in middle school, high school, and early college.

Why "Rewire" the Research Process?

  • Scaffolding
  • Information literacy
  • Motivation
  • Disciplinary vocab
Putting Our Writing Principles Into Practice (Preface, p. xxvii)
Putting Our Writing Principles Into Practice (Preface, p. xxvii)

Thinking Through a Cultural Lens Lesson

What it says?

Reading Images: Fact of Fiction?

How is it manipulated?
Why is it manipulated?
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Student Sample of Final Project

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Friday 7th: Keynote presentation (1.55 to 2.55)

Can I Cite That?: Examining What Counts as Evidence in a Digital World

In an era of fake news and alternative facts, it has become increasingly complicated to think about what "counts" as evidence in academic writing. Long gone are the days when writers could simply trust a ".org" or ".edu" site, or be told to simply dismiss Wikipedia as unreliable. Building on the Association of College and Research Libraries "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education," we will examine the tensions – and possibilities – that arise when writers use different kinds of text (including images, videos, tweets, blog posts, and more) as evidence in academic argument. We will also explore the boundaries of copyright and fair use, exploring the intersections of these legal issues with the ethical issues of plagiarism and citation.

Suitable for educators in all content areas, teaching students in upper elementary through college.

Handout (PDF)

Links from the Presentation

Thursday 6th: Pre-conference workshop (9.00 to 12.00)

With Literacy and Learning for All

As students move from novice to expert in various fields of study, they must become familiar with specialized vocabulary, patterns of thinking, and specific uses of language. More than just integrating reading and writing strategies across the curriculum, as effective teachers we must invite students from diverse backgrounds to become fluent in what are now being labeled as "disciplinary literacies," the spaces where content knowledge, literacy skills, and critical thinking all connect. Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive keynote we will explore a variety of tools and ideas that can help our students learn how to read, write, and think like experts in our own classrooms and beyond.

Suitable for educators in all content areas, teaching students in upper elementary through college.

Opening Conversation
  • Transfer – Analysis and other skills
  • Preconceptions – of the teacher, parents, and students (positive and negative)
  • Teachers being aware of the fact that they are teaching literacy Assumption that it is just “one literacy” for all – this is not about “covering” the literacies, we need to shape the literacy practice with purpose, audience, and context


  • Definition Expansion
    • Popplet (Click "Try It Out" or, if on iOS, "Get the App")
  • I See, I Think, I Wonder
  • 4C's Collaborative Summary
    • Google Doc (Make a copy in Google Docs, or copy/paste to Word)
  • Circle of Viewpoints

Affordances and Opportunities

Affordances (What does this tool allow us to do to enhance literacy?)
Opportunities (What are some of the lessons/topics we could explore with this tool?)
  • Color coding
  • Multimodal (video, images)
  • Adjusting and moving your thinking
  • Cross-disciplinary concept (color coded based on discipline)
  • Sharing function
  • Lower cognitive load
  • Categorize, prioritize, connect (similarities/differences), problem/solution
  • Expanding ideas, clarity, examples (still/video)
  • Perspective, context, creativity, expansive thinking
  • Collaboration, instant feedback, provide an overview
  • Clarifying information and making connections
  • Share own initial post
  • Collaboration and peer review
  • Discovery
  • Multimodality
  • Observation, explaining, asking questions, inferring, analyzing
  • Comparing, contrasting, examining evidence, activate prior knowledge
  • Audio/video
  • Easy to share a resource
  • Take it out of context and provide a new context
  • Sharing the questions
  • Sharing their patterns of thinking (formative assessment)
Google Docs
  • Take a particular position
  • Discover and cite evidence
  • Reading with your perspective
  • Selection process based on interpretation
  • Analyzing and synthesizing
  • Looking for clues/inferences in the words/phrases
  • Look at original source and analyze
  • Having three or four groups looking at the same theme across multiple texts or within the same text at different points
  • Highlighting/font colors
  • Challenge the text
  • Share the docs and then add my own questions

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