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Tuesday, August 1 • 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Diverse Literacies: Tech for Voice and Choice

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Futurist Alvin Toeffler stated that "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." To this end, we as educators must give our students the empowerment and voice to ask questions, demonstrate multiple literacies, and learn in multiple ways. This is especially important with high-need learners who are often silenced in schools and asked to demonstrate learning in only one way.

During this session, examples will be shared of how digital tools are being used to develop multiple literacies in a range of learning environments, from a high need elementary school to first year college courses. These strategies are widely applicable and easily adjustable to almost any learning environment. You will learn from the experiences of students and teachers at a 100% free lunch, high need elementary school where transience is high and performance is historically low. The same tools and strategies used with these learners can also be applied in college level courses through creative online discussions and interactive in-class activities.

In this session, participants will also have a chance to actively participate using the digital tools discussed and complete several small activities to experience the empowerment through voice and choice that can be given using the affordances of digital tools.  By teaching students to make choices in how them demonstrate their learning and empowering them with a range of digital tools to give them increased voice, we are working to improve flexibility, grit and resiliency in these students to encourage their success in elementary school, college and beyond.

NOTE:  Bring your devices along!  This session will be highly interactive.

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Sarah Schroeder

Assistant Professor, Field Service, University of Cincinnati
Sarah serves as a k-12 consultant for school districts and an elearning coach for the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati. She coordinates e-learning improvement initiatives for the undergraduate Teacher Education program and undergraduate educational technology courses... Read More →

Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Alumni Lounge