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Digital and Media Literacies at the NCTE Annual Convention

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A week from tomorrow the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English kicks off in Las Vegas. Among the countless sessions that will be devoted to literature, media, technology, and other topics of interest for librarians and media specialists, here are those that are specifically sponsored by the Media and Digital Literacies Collaborative. An open group, the “MaD Lit” Collaborative welcomes all NCTE members and can be contacted via Twitter by everyone else.

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Session Code:     A.02
Title:     VISUAL LITERACY: READING FOR MEANING IN A MULTIMEDIA WORLD
Level:     General (all instructional levels)
Topic of Interest:     21st-Century Literacy
Description:     How can teachers prepare students for a world in which they can ‘watch a newspaper, listen to a magazine, and see a phone call,’ extending literacy skills beyond print? This lively, interactive session demonstrates curriculum-driven approaches to media literacy education and inquiry-based methods that build visual literacy and ELA skills.
Participant(s):     •    Speaker: Frank Baker Media Literacy Clearinghouse, Columbia, South Carolina – Ignite Student Learning with Film Analysis
•    Speaker: Faith Rogow Insighters Educational Consulting, Ithaca, New York – Connect Teachers and Learners: Using a Media Literacy Lens to Reveal the Critical Thinker in Every Student
Location:     Room 106, Level One, MGM Grand
Time:     Friday 11/16 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Session Code:     B.02
Title:     IGNITING THE CLASSROOM WITH CRITICAL MEDIA LITERACY
Level:     General (all instructional levels), Teacher Education, College/University, Secondary (9-12), Middle (6-8), Elementary (K-5)
Topic of Interest:     21st-Century Literacy
Description:     Through an interactive session, participants will explore core concepts of critical media literacy as applied in classrooms from kindergarten to high school. Using an inquiry-based framework students learn to think critically about media and information as they analyze and create their own multimodal messages. Standards-based lesson plans will be provided.
Participant(s):     •    Chair: Jennifer Powers Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont -
•    Reactor/Respondent: Antero Garcia Colorado State University, Fort Collins -
Location:     Room 106, Level One, MGM Grand
Time:     Friday 11/16 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Session Code:     C.36
Session Code:     J.34
Title:     HAVE WE GOT AN ‘APP’ FOR YOU!
Level:     College/University, Secondary (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Topic of Interest:     21st-Century Literacy
Description:     Are you planning to or currently integrating the use of iPads into your classroom? Do we have apps for you to facilitate prereading activities, collaborating with students in your classroom and abroad as well as to create multimedia presentations!
Participant(s):     •    Chair: Laura Brown Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois -
•    Speaker: William Kist Kent State University, Ohio – Apps for a Global Classroom: Connecting across the Hall and across the World
•    Speaker: David Noskin New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois – Tailoring Pre-Reading to the Student: Japanese Internment and When the Emperor Was Divine
•    Reactor/Respondent: Mary Christel Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois -
Location:     Grand Ballroom Room 115, Level One, MGM Grand
Time:     Saturday 11/17 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Session Code:     C.15
Title:     USING iPAD AND iPHONE LLAPPS (LITERACY LEARNING APPS) IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM
Sponsored By:     Sponsored by the NCTE Media and Digital Literacy Collaborative
Level:     General (all instructional levels)
Topic of Interest:     Other
Description:     Each of the three presenters will describe and elicit examples of specific classroom uses of apps in English language arts classrooms to foster learning, providing attendees to recommend their preferred apps designed to foster certain literacies.
Participant(s):     •    Speaker: Richard Beach University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – iPad and iPhone App Affordances for Blog/Wiki Writing, Images, Audio, and Video to Learn
•    Speaker: Elizabeth Boeser Jefferson High School, Bloomington, Minnesota – iPad and iPhone App Affordances for Argumentative Writing, Discussions/Social Networking, and Online Role-Play to Learn
Location:     Hollywood Theater, MGM Grand
Time:     Friday 11/16 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

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In terms of the quality of these presentations, I think I’ve seen nearly all these speakers in action, or presented alongside them, or both, and so I can personally vouch for their merit without even knowing too many of the details. So if you’re in Vegas I highly recommend you seek out these sessions or  follow up with the Collaborative to find out whether the content is, or will be, otherwise available.

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