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One-Day Workshop:
Literacy, Independence, and Critical Thinking: Rethinking the Role of Technology in the Classroom

Presented by Kristin Ziemke

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Chances are, when you see a group of kids hanging out together, they will all be on some type of device. Whether texting on their phones, surfing on their tablets, or taking pictures to share far and wide, the digital space is both vital and ubiquitous in kids' lives. Kids today are so comfortable with their handheld devices, it seems natural to include some of that technology in today's classrooms.

But just because they have access to technology doesn't mean they know how to use it as a tool for thinking. As a teacher, you are in the perfect position to scaffold and support student technology use and determine what outcomes you would like to see. Every classroom discussion and every digital interaction can be opportunities to help children take their first steps in the global community, to see and define how, why, and when technology can be a vehicle of change. With Kristin's guidance, and by using her latest book, Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom (with Katie Muhtaris), you'll explore new resources and lesson ideas to encourage student interest and curiosity and provide practical strategies for using technology in the reading and writing workshop and across the day.

She'll help you ask questions like "What tools do we have access to, and how do they fit into our existing learning environment?", "What do our students need, and how can technology help address those needs?", and most importantly, "How do I get started?".

Learning Objectives

  • Craft a vision for technology best practice. Understand how digital tools can be used to engage learners in active literacy practices.
  • Identify tools that capture student thinking across the curriculum. Determine the most effective ways to capture, show and share.
  • Design management habits and routines for devices in the workshop classroom. Digital tools should be viewed as another valuable resource that helps students build knowledge.
  • Investigate current trends in media literacy, digital reading and writing, and maker education. Understand the skills students need to be informed consumers, content creators, and citizens in a global society.
  • Plan lessons that are standards based and personalized. Learn new ways to make the curriculum accessible and differentiated for all learners and use daily assessment data to guide instruction.
  • Explore practical strategies that will make wonder and joy a part of your daily instruction. Discover how to foster digital curiosity, build authentic audiences, and engage students to become purposeful and passionate learners.

About the Presenter

A teacher and innovation specialist in Chicago, Kristin Ziemke engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration, and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher, and Chicago's 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. She collaborates with educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker, and writer.

Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris are co-authors of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Kristin and Katie, along with Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, are also coauthors of Connecting Comprehension and Technology. You can follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinZiemke

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers in grades K-6, principals and assistant principals, technology directors, literacy, technology or instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and reading specialists.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $239.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $229.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

02/28/2017 - Fort Washington, PA

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Availability: Available When: 02/28/2017 Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia/Ft. Washington
530 West Pennsylvania Ave.
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Closest Airport: Philadelphia International Airport

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