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One-Day Workshop:
Today’s Literacy Workshop: Leveraging Technology to Amplify Student Thinking

Presented by Kristin Ziemke

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As new tools enter our classrooms we look for ways they can scale opportunities for students. And that's exactly how we use technology in the workshop classroom—as a vehicle to add layers to student thinking. Technology does not replace good teaching, it simply amplifies it helping us to confer, document and provide feedback in new and authentic ways.

Far beyond putting a child on a digital reading or writing program, we seek opportunities for students to create in order to show what they know. Responding to a read aloud with a drawing tool, using video as a mode to confer, and reflecting on learning through an audio recording all become tenets of our workshop routines as mobile devices make it easy to personalize and differentiate for all students.

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 "How can tools 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

  • Identify digital strategies that align with your core beliefs about reading and writing workshop
  • Understand how and when digital tools should/shouldn't be used to engage learners
  • Design management habits and routines for devices in the workshop classroom
  • Discover how to foster digital curiosity, build authentic audiences, and engage students to become purposeful and passionate learners

About the Presenter

Kristin Ziemke is an urban school educator and the co-author (with Katie Muhtaris) of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry and technology, Kristin works with schools around the world to develop learning experiences that are student-centered, personalized and authentic. Currently serving as a resident teacher and innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund, Kristin is an Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader. Her work has been featured by Apple and EdWeek, and currently, Kristin is writing her third book. Follow her on Twitter @KristinZiemke.

Who Should Attend?

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


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


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

05/10/2018 - Oakland, CA

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Availability: Available When: 05/10/2018 Where:
Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport
8400 Edes Ave
Oakland, CA 94621
Closest Airport: Oakland International Airport | Oakland, CA

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