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Wednesday, July 30 • 9:30am - 10:30am
DigiLit: Book Clubs for a 21st Century Classroom

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A class set of novels, binders, poster boards, and enough post-it notes to wallpaper a school…. These are just a few of the supplies needed to run a traditional middle school book club. With the addition of iPads, Google Apps, and other educational technologies, the age of the “traditional” book club requires change. Presented by a technology integration coach/science teacher and a reading specialist/ language arts teacher, this session will walk you through the setup and process of creating a digital book club system for your classroom. Following the SAMR Model, we will cover the basic steps of substitution using Google Apps and a teacher website, while also aiming to “teach above the line” by using apps like Subtext and Book Creator to fully redefine your classroom literacy instruction and delivery methods. Digital book clubs allow for connected, flexible, and customized literacy instruction that engage all learners. Through reading digital novels, participating in online discussions, annotating text with categorical tags, and expressing ideas through transliteracy (multi-media tools), students will interact with the text, the teacher, and each other while receiving nearly instant, trackable feedback on their work. Spend some time with us learning how to use technology as a tool to reinforce effective comprehension strategies while upgrading the literary climate of your classroom through the implementation of digital book clubs.

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Corey Holmer

Educational Technologist, Lake Forest High School SD 115
Corey Holmer is a Google Certified Innovator and authorized Google for Education Certified Trainer who leverages educational technologies to engage all learners. Corey has been recognized by the ISTE organization as the 2015 Outstanding Young Educator for his work in coaching and integrating technology into the classroom. Most recently Corey became a TED-Ed Innovative Educator, helping students spread their big ideas. Corey supports district... Read More →
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Jamie Trow

Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Crystal Lake District 47
Jamie Trow is a 7th grade language arts and social studies teacher in Crystal Lake, District 47. She holds graduate degrees in administration and literacy. Jamie is a firm believer in the positive impact of technology in the classroom, and has integrated Smart Technologies, Net Books, and iPads into her instruction. Currently, she is participating in a 1:1 iPad initiative, working to transform her classroom into a true collaborative, 21st century... Read More →

Wednesday July 30, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Rm 201