2016 Conference Schedule

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • Book signing with Troy Hicks
  • Please visit our displays and booksellers in Centre Hall

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Nancy Coco, Director of Corporate and Community Education

8:48 – 9:45 a.m. Writing into the Day – Crafting Your Own Digital Writing

  • Troy Hicks –
    Digital writing tools such as blogs, wikis, digital stories, and social networks can contribute to what you are already doing in your writing instruction as well as appeal to a new generation of students. In this warm-up session, we will think about how we can begin to craft digital texts with hyperlinks and images, so please bring your computer, smartphone, or tablet as well as your creativity!

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Breakout Round I DIGITAL STRAND Digital Strand sessions are BYOD. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with you to Saturday's conference.

  • Connected Reading: Apps and Approaches for Digital Texts - Troy Hicks

As we adopt smartphones and tablets for 1:1 instruction, we need to review our efforts at comprehension instruction for all kinds of digital texts. Based on a survey of over 800 adolescents, we will discuss principles of "Connected Reading" and how we can adapt existing comprehension strategies in digital spaces, as well as explore new opportunities for finding, managing, and reflecting on digital texts.

  • Digital Storytelling with Google and the Web - Sharon Strausser

Are you ready to take your students’ writing digital?  Google Apps and the Internet can make this possible.  Learn about prewriting apps that can help your students organize their thoughts.  Use presentation tools like Google slides or Prezi to write the story.  Publish your story using screen casting and video tools available on the web.

  • Increasing Student Engagement in a Large Group Setting with Online Tools - Mark Fatzinger

Now that you've introduced a mode of writing or detailed a domain, do you want to see if your students recognize the key ideas before they put pen to paper? Get every student in your class involved in a review or quick assessment through easy to use online programs like Kahoot!, Socrative and plickers.  Bring your laptop or smart device.  Participants will learn how to set up accounts and create their own activities to get started on Monday!

  • Auras and Audiences: Using Augmented Reality to Enhance Student Writing and Language - Elizabeth Coyle

Through Augmented Reality, educators and students can add engagement and interactivity to their writing and literacy work.  Join this workshop to explore Aurasma, a free app that links user-generated content to images and objects, from book covers to student stories.  iOS or Android devices and/or laptops are recommended. [Or, Please BYOD - Bring Your Own Device].

  • Blended Learning "In media res" - Lori Peters

Blending the writing classroom isn't always a complete shift in pedagogy. English teachers, if you are wondering what blended learning really looks like, sounds like, and feels like, join me for an honest discussion from a rookie veteran. Focused on the writing process in the blended classroom, I'll share resources that work, student reflections, and management tactics. When it comes to writing, all students can benefit from a little bit of 'blend.”

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Session II – STEAM STRAND

  • The Beat of Your Heart: Is it Math, Writing, or Art? - Jan Gebert

This workshop will take an elementary STEM lesson from a simple math calculation to cross-curricular fun. Find ways to engage your learners in activities and provide opportunities for personal expression.

  • Digging Into Argument Writing In the Science Classroom - Kathy Hontz

While content classrooms across the nation are digging into argument writing, this genre has been the core of the science classroom for decades.  This session will provide a chance for participants to look at the CER (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning) writing that occurs in the science classroom.  Criterion-based and explanatory argument prompts will be presented and student work will be examined with a closer look at guiding students towards reasoning through the practice of writing.  

  • Lego Robotics: Documenting the Technical Challenge - Dr. Hal Scholz

Although the box says 10 years old and up, there are many challenges to building and programming Logo robots. Part of the engineering challenge is to continuously improve the process of design. Keeping a journal with technical details is an essential component to understanding and reproducing a product. Join us to see how Lego and literacy collide.

  • Visual Essays - Ron DeLong

What is the visual equivalent of writing an essay? Participants will explore ideas and concepts through creating a collage to express ideas. The level of communication can be evaluated through composition choices the same as an essay can be evaluated through choice of vocabulary, punctuation, and sentence structure. During this session participants will create a collage and together we will “read” them.

  • Etch Your Words in…. Metal - Ann Lalik

Warning this session may be messy!  Participants will learn the chemical process of etching copper.  To stay true to the writing conference theme, each person will etch words (made in their own handwriting) on to metal and create an identity badge that to wear home.  We will etch and polish the object and talk about what’s actually happening to the surface of the metal at a molecular level.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

  • Book signing with Troy Hicks
  • Please visit our displays and booksellers in Centre Hall

1:20 – 2:20 p.m. Keynote Address

  • Keynote Address: Teaching, Revising, and Assessing Digital Writing
    – Troy Hicks
    Revising words, sentences, and paragraphs presents a challenge to any writer, from novice to expert. When we add in components of digital writing such as images, audio, and video, the task becomes even more complex. In this session, we will explore how looking closely at students' work can lead us to consider new approaches and opportunities for teaching revision in multimedia environments. Additionally, we will discuss the ways in which the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing and the National Writing Project's Domains for Multimodal Writing Assessment can provide new lenses for teaching, revising, and assessing our students' digital writing.

2:20 – 2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Doug Antonioli, LVWP Assistant Director