This workshop is a hybrid with one face-to-face session on Monday, March 25th 2019 at EDCO from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Sessions 2 and 3 will be held online March 26th – April 15th.
There is no doubt that today’s students learn differently than students of the past. Conventional teaching methods are no longer engaging students as they did in previous generations. In her book iGen, Jean M. Twenge provides the key to this mysterious generation. In this course, you will identify ways today’s iGen population of students differs from students of the not-so-distant past and jump right into exploring digital strategies to help kindle students’ love for reading and writing. Participants will get to engage with online digital tools such as Padlet and Plickers and be introduced to other online tools that will allow students to interact with text and with one another. Presenters will share how they have applied each digital tool to reading and writing lessons at the middle school level. Participants will leave with a virtual toolbox that can be adapted and applied to reading and writing during the two on-line sessions.
Week 1 – 3/25/19 (face-to-face): Overview of iGen and digital tools
Week 2 – 4/1 to 4/8 (online): Explore how digital tools can promote critical thinking while reading. Try at least one of the reading tools in your classroom, and post a brief reflection on Google Classroom about on how it engaged your students in the reading process.
Week 3 – 4/8 to 4/15 (online): Explore ways to apply digital tools to the writing process. Try at least one of the writing tools in your classroom, and post a brief reflection on Google Classroom about on how it engaged your students in the writing process.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 20, 2019
|Level||Middle School (grades 5-9)|
|Instructors||Krista Wright, Kate Robertson|
|Dates||Session 1 (in person): Monday, March 25th 2019
Sessions 2 and 3: Will be held online March 26th – April 15th
|Location||EDCO Collaborative, Bedford, MA|
|MassCUE Member Cost||$150|
Krista Wright & Kate Robertson
Krista is a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher for Lynnfield Middle School. She has seen the power technology has to enhance her curriculum and make it more accessible to all students. She works closely with the Digital Learning Coach to create engaging lessons and projects that support her curriculum and the Common Core State Standards. Krista has presented at NCTE, MassCUE, and is a presenter for Salem Collaborative Project.
Kate is the Director of English, Social Studies, and Humanities at Lynnfield Middle School, supporting curriculum design and instruction in grades 5-8. Kate taught English Language Arts in grades 5, 7, and 8 before moving into the curriculum director role. She works with administrators and teachers to design curriculum units that will promote student inquiry and engagement in the classroom.
This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:
6-8.DTC.a.1 Identify and explain the strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities of a variety of digital tools.
6-8.DTC.b.1 Communicate and publish key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using a variety of digital tools and media-rich resources.
6-8.DTC.b.3 Demonstrate ability to communicate appropriately through various online tools (e.g., email, social media, texting, blog comments).
6-12.SL.1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively
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Digital Tools to Engage Adolescent Readers and Writers
Monday, March 25, 2019 through April 15, 2019
36 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA 01730