Thursday Afternoon

Creating Your Personal Learning Network (2:45-4:15)

Building your own PLN (personal learning network) has become one of the most effective ways to engage in professional development. How can social networking tools such as Twitter help you become a better teacher? In what ways can you utilize the power of RSS feeds to create up-to-date newsmagazines with Feedly or Flipboard? Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to this session to sign up for these free services and find out!

Initial Thoughts about Twitter

  • Hashtag
  • Following
  • Retweet
  • Follower(s)
  • Tweet
  • Twitpic
  • Trending
  • @ reply
  • Verified

Feelings about Twitter

  • Overload!!!
  • This was a little bit, I need a whole course
  • Need some time to check things out
  • Great to find non-fiction



Book Signing (4:30-5:00)

external image 9781483358987.jpgResearch Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students’ Digital Learning from Corwin Literacy

Friday Morning

Keynote: Connected Reading: Apps & Approaches for Digital Texts (8:00-9:30)

external image 51xuhPO0zBL._SX401_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgAs we adopt smartphones and tablets for 1:1 instruction, we need to review our efforts at comprehension instruction for all kinds of digital texts. Based on a survey of over 800 adolescents, we will discuss principles of "Connected Reading" and how we can adapt existing comprehension strategies in digital spaces, as well as explore new opportunities for finding, managing, and reflecting on digital texts.

With print reading, what do we know? What are we comfortable with?
  • What is in the print is not going to change, it is not going to update
  • I know what the student is reading
  • I don't have to charge it
  • I don't have to get wifi
  • It is there, it is with me
  • I stick with it
  • I can trust that my student is on task
  • Transition with the testing
  • Accessible
  • Libraries
  • Discussion is easy
  • Students like them
  • Easier to find things
  • Smell, feel
With digital, what don't we know? What are we uncomfortable with?

  • All over the place
  • Most libraries are getting digital books (getting access is important)
  • eBooks, website, webtext
  • My eyes hurt
  • They are creating a vocabulary (emoji, digitalk)
  • As a parent, how can I encourage stamina?
  • Coaching and attention
  • As an adult, how do I read differently on screen as compared to print
  • If I need to read it, I will put it somewhere else
  • As a teacher, I am still struggling with the idea of having students use annotations
  • How do we encourage left and right brain connections?

Additional Apps and Approaches

Post Keynote Conversation: Reading Redefined (9:45-11:15)

Today, reading is much more than making sense of ink on paper. As students read enhanced texts and read online, they discover that reading involves embedded video, images, audio and hyperlinks. Please bring your questions and ideas from the keynote straight into this follow-up conversation. Here we can discuss some of the digital reading and writing tools in more detail, connect more directly to your classroom practice, and look at more examples of student work. You will help make this session happen, so please come prepared to interact, learn some more, and create your own digital reading and writing.
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