Thursday, June 13, 2013

LTEC: Reimagining Student Literacy

The Summer of eLearning is in full swing and today we visit MSD WashingtonTownship's LTEC: Reimagining Student Literacy conference at Northview Middle School. This is the first year for the LTEC conference which focused on digital literacy, individualized instruction, and harnessing the power of technology to educate students and enhance instruction.

The morning kicked off rocking the auditorium with music and a welcome from conference coordinator Seth Hamilton. Keynote, Jim Klein, @jnetman1, challenged our thinking with his presentation: Making Learning Irresistible. What if? What does it mean? How might we? These are Jim's questions that should lead our thoughts around what teaching and learning can look like in our schools. He prompted us to consider what purpose technology affords us in an educational space. His answer: personalized learning, authentic tasks, and ownership of the learning by students. Jim's presentation showcased samples of teaching and learning that focused on content, composition, construction, and community. Follow more of Jim's thoughts on his blog: The Open EDge.

My first session explored how technology is being used in authentic projects for world languages with Stephanie Schroeder, teacher from North Central High. Spanish infomercials planned, filmed, edited, and published utilizing iMovie and YouTube engage the students while implementing their Spanish. Students continue to integrate technology creating digital books of their life that brings pictures, text, and narration together. Finally Stephanie shared student created original legends created using Bit Strips for Schools. 

Next, I joined a full room of educators learning from James Tutin, who was "Getting the Most Out of Technology" with a variety of applications to use in the classroom like Animoto, Skitch, Glogster, Screen-o-matic and Tagxedo. Collaborative discussions helped everyone find new uses for these and other tools to engage students. 

Next week will find the INeLearn team Riding the Wave of eLearning at Tecumseh Jr. High School in Lafayette, and then intEgrating with educators at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City.  Hope to see you in person this summer or virtually at #INeLearn!

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