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We are pleased to be able to open the keynote talks at the reThinking Literacy Conference to parents who are interested in attending.

Keynote 1: Teaching Reading in a Digital World: The Changing Nature of Literacy with Lotta Larson
Friday, 22 April: 9-10.30am

It is no secret that today’s students encounter and engage with tablet technologies, e-books, and digital reading in their daily lives. While there is still much to learn about the potential of e-books in schools, it is clear that effective e-book implementation can enhance students’ literacy experiences. In this session, we will explore how students can benefit from the affordances of e-books and digital reading as they develop new literacies and become strategic readers of e-texts. In particular, we will discuss how teachers play a crucial role in helping students select and apply digital tools and features to meet individual learning need and personalize the digital reading experience.

About Lotta Larson
Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Dr. Larson is a professor in the College of Education at Kansas State University where she teaches courses in literacy education and new literacies. A former elementary/middle-level teacher, she frequently provides professional development and offers support to teachers and students as they explore affordances of e-books and digital reading devices. An active researcher in the field, she continues to investigate the impact of new literacies in K-12 classrooms. Her work has been published in numerous book chapters and journals such as Educational Leadership, The Reading Teacher, and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

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Keynote 2: Teaching, Revising, and Assessing Digital Writing with Troy Hicks
Friday, 22 April: 1.30-3pm

Revising words, sentences, and paragraphs presents a challenge to any writer, from novice to expert. When we add in components of digital writing such as images, audio, and video, the task becomes even more complex. In this session, we will explore how looking closely at students’ work can lead us to consider new approaches and opportunities for teaching revision in multimedia environments. Additionally, we will discuss the ways in which the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing and the National Writing Project’s Domains for Multimodal Writing Assessment can provide new lenses for teaching, revising, and assessing our students’ digital writing.

About Troy Hicks
Professor of English, Central Michigan University
Dr. Hicks’ work focuses on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, as well as teacher education and professional development.  A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms.
Hicks directs CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Also, Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters(Jossey-Bass, 2010), Create, Compose, Connect! (Routledge/Eye on Education, 2014), and Connected Reading (NCTE, 2015) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.
In March 2011, Hicks was honored with CMU’s Provost’s Award for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement in research and creative activity and, in 2014, he was honored with the Conference on English Education’s Richard A. Meade Award for scholarship in English Education. He can be followed on Twitter @hickstro.

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Keynote 3: Read the World: Literacies for a Digital Culture with Kristin Ziemke
Saturday, 23 April: 9-10.30am

Today’s digital classroom seeks to combine rich literacy instruction with 21st century tools to engage students in meaningful learning experiences. New devices invite students to read beyond the text and use multimedia--images, video, infographics--to add layers to their thinking. In this new learning landscape, we reimagine what it means to “read” and craft lessons that explicitly teach students to analyze a photo, closely read a video clip and infer an artist’s message. This session will investigate new entry points for all learners and share ideas for empowering students to go beyond the text to author their own content in this participatory digital culture.

About Kristin Ziemke
Teacher, traveler & Heinemann author
Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban school districts. As a teacher of primary age learners in Chicago, Kristin engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago’s 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. She collaborates with educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker and writer. 

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Talk Details

Who should attend: Anyone who's interested

When: Keynote 1 - Friday, 22 April: 9-10.30am
Keynote 2 - Friday, 22 April: 1.30-3pm
Keynote 3 - Saturday, 23 April: 9-10.30am

Where: UWCSEA Dover Campus, Conference Centre





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