Saturday, June 16, 2012

ISTE 2012 > Beyond Textbooks: Strategies for Improving Student Literacy with Mobile Devices

6/25/2012 > 4:30pm–7:30pm, SDCC 28B

Ebony Schoon, NYCDOE with Shelia Graham and Crystal Lindsay

Learn how to use mobile devices for increasing student engagement in literacy to meet the demands of the Common Core Standards.  (Contains Commercial Content)

Session Objectives:

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • utilizing eReader features of mobile devices (i.e. iPad, iTouch, Sony Digital Reader, Kindle etc.) such as accessing the dictionary, bookmarking, highlighting, and note-taking to teach active and guided reading strategies.
  • grade appropriate instructional strategies (i.e. Socratic discussions, literature circles, developing leveled eLibraries, author studies etc.) and assessments to promote student engagement and deepen student understanding through conversation with peers around various content area texts.
  • utilizing eReader technology to differentiate instruction in order to meet the diverse needs of all learners including English Language Learners.

Outcomes/ Deliverables:

Participants will leave the session with:

  • practical strategies for utilizing the features of mobile devices to engage students and improve vocabulary and comprehension.
  • concrete examples of how schools are currently using mobile devices and digital texts to engage students in literacy.
  • instructional/assessment strategies, free templates and other resources educators can use to organize and implement the use of mobile devices for reading in the K-12 classroom.


Getting Started with Integrating Mobile Technology in the Classroom (20 Minutes)

  • Introduction to Utilizing Mobile Devices as eReaders
  • A New Twist on Basic Reading Strategies

 Building a Digital Library to Support Exposure to Complex Texts (40 Minutes)

  • Accessing Digital Texts
  • Developing Leveled eLibraries
  • Reading Across the Curriculum

Practical Instructional Strategies for Promoting Student Engagement (20 Minutes)

  • Socratic discussions and Writing extensions
  • Facilitating literature circles in the classroom
  • Author Studies and Lit Trips

 Meeting the Needs of Special Populations (20 Minutes)

  • Using Digital Text to Address Accommodation
  • Strategies & Resources for English Language Learner

Voices from the Field (20 Minutes)

  • Middle School eReader Pilot , Bronx, NY- Principal, Teacher, Student Testimonials
  • Elementary Digital Reader Pilot, Bronx, NY - Teacher, Student Testimonials

Supporting Research

  • Bauerlein, M. Too Dumb for Complex Texts? Educational Leadership, 68(5).
  • Cavanaugh, T. The Digital Reader: Using E-Books in K-12 Education. ISTE, Washington D.C., 2006.
  • Cavanaugh, T. Literature Circles through Technology. Linworth Books, 2006.
  • Keane, N. & T. Cavanaugh. The Tech-Savvy Book Talker: A Guide for 21st Century Educators. Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
  • Schoenbach, R., C. Greenleaf, & G. Hale. Framework fuels the need to read: Strategies boost literacy of students in content-area classes. Learning Forward, JSD, 31(5), October 2010.
  • Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Council of Chief State School Officers. 2010.
  • Murray, C.Imagine Mobile Learning in Your Pocket. Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy. Delphian eLearning Australia, 2010

Presenter Background

Ebony Schoon currently serves NYC public school educators as an Instructional Technology Specialist and bring with her experience as a Technology Integration Coordinator, curriculum writer, coordinator of out-of-school-time activities, a leader in fostering school-corporate partnerships and a career in the construction industry. Most recently she has procured funding, planned and implemented an eReader Pilot Program focused on increasing student engagement and improving student literacy through the lens of collaborative inquiry.

She has taught Electronics and Pre-Engineering for several years at a Career and Technical Education High School and was recognized as a United Federation of Teachers Outstanding Vocational & Technical Education Teacher in 2004. She has also organized and guided a student-lead robotics team that was recognized for exceptional performance with the "Judges' Award" and "Regional Finalist" in the 2003 FIRST NYC Regional Robotics Competition. As an educator, she believes she can fully realize her personal mission to "make a positive difference through service to others."

Crystal Lindsay is currently the Technology Innovations Manager for the Bronx in New York City. During her career, Mrs. Lindsay has worked in an Administrative Leadership role in instructional technology for 12 years, serving as the Instructional Technology Director of former New York City Districts 9, 5, and the Chancellors District. Recognized for her leadership ability, was selected by a former Superintendent and former Chancellor Levy to participate in the Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Academy. This opportunity led her to demonstrate her expertise as the Chief Technology Officer in a struggling Long Island School District for three years. There, she collaborated closely with the State Education Department to transform their instructional and information technology program.

She has presented at National, State and local conferences throughout her career. In the beginning of her career, Ms. Lindsay was the lead Teacher for the IBM Corridor Program with a group of educators who wrote a 5 million dollar grant to create and implement the first network computers in an Elementary and Middle school. Her philosophy that “all children can learn given differentiated learning experiences” matched with her passion for instructional technology allows her to continually develop innovative instructional technology programs that empower educators, equips every learner for the 21st Century and posits to improve academic achievement for all students.possesses nearly 20 years of teaching, Directing and Managing Technology Innovations in NYS and NYC Department of Education.

Shelia Graham has 23 years of teaching, professional development and technology integration experience with the NYC Department of Education. Ms. Graham worked as a Computer Education and Early Childhood Teacher for twelve years. She has spent the past ten years of her career serving as a Technology Instructional Specialist. Ms. Graham has a Bachelors of Science in Computing and Management, a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Professional Diploma in District Leadership and Technology.

In her current role as Instructional Technology Specialist, she provides professional development services to School Technology Liaisons throughout the Bronx with emphasis on Title IID “Enhancing Education Through Technology” Districts Seven, Nine, Ten and Eleven.

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