Transforming Literacy Instruction with Digital Texts and ToolsPre-Conference Technology Institute International Literacy AssociationJohn B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Room 109Boston, MA ~ Friday, July 8, 2016Co-Chairs: Denise Johnson and Julie B. Wise
Institute Agenda
Presenters' Bios

9:15 - 10:15: Opening Keynote Presentation

Presented by: Kristin Zemke

Reimagined Reading: Creation, Curiosity and Engagement to Amplify Student Thinking

How deep is the ocean? Who invented Minecraft? For years our students have entered our classrooms spurred by curiosity and wonder. Today, we have new tools that personalize learning and provide all students the resources they need to live curiously. See how text, images, video and web tools can inspire students to read, write, think and wonder. Learn practical strategies you can use with students tomorrow to question deeply, search effectively and capture student thinking.This session is intended for K-12 teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, ed tech specialists, and special educators.

Please attach handout here

12:25 - 1:30: Afternoon Keynote Presentation

Presented by Ian O’Byrne

Scaffolding Educators (and Students) as they Consume, Curate, & Create Online

The Internet and other technologies are changing the ways in which our students interact in literacy-based activities. Furthermore, little guidance is provided to guide educators as they engage in these activities in their personal, or professional lives. Research suggests that learners primarily consume digital content in online spaces without evaluating, responding, or recreating these texts. This session is developed to guide students in grades three through 8 and the educators and instructors that guide them in literate practices in online spaces. The session will discuss the reader/writer nature of the Internet, and opportunities to empower students using these texts. Specifically, the session will discuss opportunities to move learners from merely consuming content, to curating content, to finally creating digital content. This progression is designed to empower students (and educators) as critical readers, writers, and communicators in online and hybrid spaces.

Slide Deck available here

Breakout Presentations


Session Title


10:20 - 11:15
Pedagogical Possibilities in a Digital Learning Environment presented by Louise Cullen & Alex Galland
This site has information about our session, including requests for participants to download an app (Flipgrid) on their mobile device and to engage in a presession mapping activity: (Participants using laptops can access the Flipgrid website directly at

10:20 - 11:15
Close Reading of Multimodal Informational Texts presented by Michael Manderino
Presentation Slides
Presentation Handout

11:30 - 12:25
Play to Learn! Practical Strategies for Classroom Gamification presented by Tara Kingsley
Presentation Resource Guide for Attendees.
Gamification Research Handout (Kingsley, Grabner-Hagen 2014, 2015).

For those attending the afternoon breakout session, participants are welcome, though not required, to bring a charged device.

11:30 - 12:25
Using Mentor Texts to Craft Digital Writing presented by Kristy Pytash
Presentation Slides

3:15 - 3:55
Classroom Response Systems to Engage Reluctant Readers and Writers presented by Aileen Hower
Classroom Response Systems

3:15 - 3:55
Bring Learning to a New Dimension with Augmented Reality presented by Maria Baird
This site contains information about the presentation as well as many other tools for the classroom. Please select the Aurasma page to download the handout for the session. It is recommended you bring an iOS or android device with the Aurasma app download.

4:00 - 4:40
Using to Support Literacy Instruction presented by Mary Ellen Oslick

4:00 - 4:40
Hands on exploration of selected tools that foster student engagement, creativity, collaboration and communication presented by Louise Cullen and Alex Galland
This site has information about our session, including a request for participants to download three apps (Adobe Spark Page, Post and Video) prior to the session: (Participants using laptops can access Adobe Spark with an Adobe ID, or with Google account details)

For the session Discussing Instructional Practices "Pedagogical Possibilities - Tech Tools for Teachers" we would like participants to download the Nearpod App onto their mobile devices prior to the session. (Participants using laptops can access Nearpod at

4:00 - 4:40
Critically Evaluating Online Sources: Do Sixth Graders Recognize When They Are Being Advertised To? presented by Carita Killi
The link to the slides:

Seeking a Collaborator - Sohee Park, University of Delaware- Digital Multimodal Book Reviews