Friday, October 11 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Literature Through the Technology Lens

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Ellen Peterson, science and technolgy guru, will be presenting with me. We worked together in Isle of Wight County Schools. Ellen is passionate about integrating technology into all aspects of instruction. She has been instrumental in helping me design lessons through the technology lens! 

In this hands-on learning, technology session, educators will be exposed to multiple ways to captivate students with technology and literature. The presenters have collaborated on a number of lessons to entice readers to become engaged with reading.  Participants will have the opportunity to use Ozobot Evos and 3Doodler Start pens.  

Our idea of an engaging English lesson will challenge students to analyze plot structure and characterization by coding pathways with these awesome Ozobot Evo robots.  First, we'll discover how these little 'bots work: we'll actually take class time to play! After that, we challenge students to diagram the plot structure of a self-selected storybook by matching a robot's actions with character traits. Students will be so busy critically thinking about which motions reflect the character's personalities, they won't even realize they are analyzing, dissecting, or comprehending the story! 

Due to our limited time, we will only be able to show you 3Doodler pens! We will also use 3Doodler pens with poetry. Students are not often interested in learning or reading poetry.  3Doodler pens offer an innovative way to support poetry. Students can use these 3D printing pens to create their own blackout poetry.  Creating blackout poetry helps students examine word choice and think carefully about how they write. They are learning a multitude of skills: writing poetry, designing, 3D printing, critical thinking, etc.

We will also share examples of students using Bloxels and Specdrums. Bloxels are hands-on technology to design, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Students can use colored blocks to create their characters and settings to tell their own amazing stories! Specdrums are app-enabled rings that turn colors into music with a simple tap. Students use Specdrums to create theme music for literature pieces. 

This session covers a multitude of VA SOLS but particularly English 8.5.

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Kimberly Eure

8th grade ELA, John F Kennedy Middle School
I am currently starting my 15th year as an educator. For the first 13 years, I was an elementary school teacher. The past 3 years, I was an instructional coach at a middle school. This is where I discovered I love 8th graders and that I missed being in the classroom. Therefore, this... Read More →

Friday October 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Chesterfield Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059

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