Sessions from Educators and Thought Leaders
Join us to explore how technology affects writing instruction and the student learning experience. Hear techniques for using digital tools to increase student engagement and improve writing skills. Attend this series devoted to enhancing student success!
- How do we learn differently when using our hands versus our keyboards?
- How can one use crowdsourcing exercises in the classroom?
- How do we teach students to be responsible citizens in a digital world?
- Where is writing education headed in the near future?
Student Success Week 2015 Webcast Sessions
Keynote : No Laptop Left Behind?
Author of 'Geek Heresy : Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology'
Technology is neither necessary nor sufficient for good writing, as demonstrated by Homerian epics (tech not necessary) and bad blogs (tech not sufficient). Yet in the 21st century, digital technology is integral to the writing process. How can these tools be applied to improve writing skills?
Digital Tools for Writing Instruction
Assistant Professor at Kent State University and Co-Author of 'Using Technology to Enhance Writing'
Professor at Kent State University and Co-Author of 'Using Technology to Enhance Writing'
Teachers face significant challenges in getting students prepared with 21st century skills, especially when it comes to writing. How can technology actually support teachers and their writing instruction in the classroom?
Writing and the Visual : Graphically Organizing Your Writing
Thomas DeVere Wolsey
CEO, Institute to Advance International Education
What if students could see how their writing is organized using graphics? It turns out that when they graphically organize their writing, students are more likely to write well, to compose their thoughts, and to try new approaches. In this session, Thomas DeVere Wolsey will discuss cutting-edge research on how visual organizers enhance writing and writing instruction.
Digital Storytelling For Student Success
Senior Researcher, The New Media Consortium
Digital storytelling lets students reconceive their classwork in an integrative, constructivist way. While building narratives they can also develop their own voice, while engaging critically with media culture.
Crowdsourcing in the Classroom to Enhance Reading, Writing, and Presenting
Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky
Director of Educational Technology at the Frisch School
Writing is no longer necessarily an individual activity: the digital age now allows for the possibility of crowdsourcing. Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky will introduce several techniques for incorporating this powerful, new mode of interaction into your classroom’s writing activities. This session is not for the passive audience: participants will practice real-time blogging and crowdsourcing!
Writing By Hand, Keyboard, Voice and Beyond
Mary Emily Warner Professor at Arizona State University
Each mode of writing we adopt (by hand, by keyboard, or by voice) brings with it unique advantages and challenges. Join Steve Graham as he discusses how these writing modes have an impact on both readers and writers. Additionally, we’ll explore the” beyond”-- new modes of writing that are just starting to become available.
The Network Effect : Amplification and Opportunities for Global Feedback
Author, 'Digital Learning Strategies' and 'Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students'
How can teachers extend the impact of feedback for learning by publishing to the world at large? In this session, we’ll look at digital and social tools that allow students to publish their work and solicit feedback from a worldwide audience for perspective and improvement, upgrading the way students turn work in.
The Future of Writing: I Wandered Lonely In The Cloud
Lead Education Blogger, NPR
Anya Kamenetz writes for a living-- everything from Tweets to books--in the age when pixels are replacing print. That means she lives in the world for which your students are preparing. Ms. Kamenetz will talk about how various aspects of the digital age (crowdsourcing, voice recognition, instant feedback, data journalism, mobile, social, etc.) figure into her writing practice, and will share how your writing assignments might also reflect them.