Intentional Teaching with Technology to Increase Understanding, Empathy, & Engagement
San Antonio, TX - Friday, May 9, 2014 (Co-Chairs, Julie Coiro and Denise Johnson)

Opening Conversations:

Morning Keynote Presentation:
Making Tech Meaningful, Larissa Pahamov, Science Leadership Academy

Larissa teaches students English and Journalism at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement. Larissa has presented at ISTE, EduCon, and EdCamp Philly, with a focus on using digital tools to promote authentic learning. She is a contributor to the National Writing Project's Digital Is website, and is also involved with Free Library of Philadelphia's One Book program as both a member of the selection committee and a curriculum developer. Her work has been published by NCTE's English Journal, and her forthcoming book about the pedagogy of SLA will be published by ASCD in November.

Afternoon Keynote Presentation:
Building Reading Communities Online and Off, Dr. Sara Kajder, Shade Side Academy

skajder.jpgSara Kajder, Ph.D. teaches eighth grade at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. A former member of the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, her teaching across grades 6 – graduate has been anchored in assisting students to connect out of school literacies with in school literacies – including helping students read and create multimodal texts, communicate their meaning-making through a variety of modes, and purposefully engage in collaborative digital environments. Regardless of the tool(s) we use, Kajder focuses on the uses of new literacies to affirm the literacies students bring into our classrooms, to produce knowledge, and to put students’ knowledge to work. Recipient of the National Technology Leadership Fellowship, she is the author of five books for teachers including the 2012 James Britton Award winning Adolescents’ Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students (NCTE, 2010). She currently serves as the elected chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Middle-Level Section.

Institute Presentation Handouts and Related Resources

Title of Presentation
Handouts/Related Resources
Jennifer Gates and
Amie Potter
Morning Session (10:15-11:10)The Digital Shift: Literacy Through Social Media in Today's Classroom

Stephanie Thompson
and Janette Hughes
Morning Session (11:25-12:20)
Everybody's Got a Story: Building Empathy and Understanding Using Digital Tools

Amber White
Morning Session (10:15-11:10)
Anchoring Instruction in "Wonder Projects" and Malleable Web-Based Genres
Anchoring Instruction in "Wonder Projects" &Malleable Web-Based Genres
David Quinn
Morning Session (11:25-12:20)
A Journey Toward Productive Online Inquiry with Middle School Students

Tammy Ryan
Roundtable: Scaffolding E-Writing Experiences

Denise Johnson
Roundtable: Internet Reciprocal Teaching in Action: Differentiating Literacy Instruction for Younger and Older Learners

Nicole Timbrell
Roundtable: Using Reciprocal Reading Strategies to Boost Online Reading Comprehension

Jann Carroll
Roundtable: Boys, Books, and X-Boxes

Michelle Schira-Hagerman
Roundtable: Instruction That Supports Synthesis of Multiple Texts [see the top blog post]
Larissa Pahamov
Cool Tool Session: Using Prezi to Craft Personal Reading Histories

Jennifer Gates and
Amie Potter
Cool Tool Session: Exploring Edmodo with a Splash of Social Media

Amber White
Cool Tool Session: Using Jing to Create Screencasts of Student Work
Using Jing to Create Screencasts of Student Work
Stephanie Thompson
Cool Tool Session: Using Digital Tools to Build Empathy

Peggy Coyne
Cool Tool Session: Comprehension Online

David Quinn
Cool Tool Session: Using Weebly and Google Forms to Design Online Spaces for Inquiry
Tutorial Video 1
Tutorial Video 2
Sara Kajder
Noticing, Unpacking, & Sharing "New" Digital Tools and Practices