We are Unlocking the Doors to Literacy at the VSRA Conference inÂ Richmond.
Thanks to our IT department, I was able to assist RuthÂ OkoyeÂ (PPS TRT and Portsmouth Reading Council) and Melissa Warren (Bristol TRT and Web Master for VSRA) with the first hands-on 2 hour Literacy Institute session on Digital Storytelling using Photo Story 3. Â Our department allowed us to bring a set of training laptops. It was very successful.
I was also very excited to co-present with Ruth Okoye with a Special Interest Session by the Technology and Reading CommitteeÂ on Friday morning. Our presentation was on Web 2.0 for Language Arts Instruction.Â Â Take a look at our resources: http://www.ppsblogs.net/ruthokoye/workshops/web-20-for-language-arts/
Concurrent Sessions that I Attended:
Literacy in the Content AreasÂ Â Â Come and discover ten exciting strategies for promoting literacy in the content areas. Applications and examples of strategies such as Exit Slips, Popcorn Review, and RAFT Writing will be given.Â Â Â Presenter was Shirley J. Atkinson from Options Publishing Co.
Opening the Doors to Content Area LiteracyÂ Â Â This is an interactive session sharing books and resources aligned with SOLs and TESOLs that will enable students to apply reading strategies within content area reading and offer differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners.Â Â Â Presenters: Peggy Jones and Patsy Swecker from Newport News Public Schools.
Reading and Technology: Finding the Time for Meaningful InstructionÂ Â Â Â Integrating technology in your reading block is easy and fun for teachers and students and provides opportunity for self directed learning. Leave with ready make handouts and plans.Â Â Â Presenters: Janean Trimble and Pamela Blevins from Chesterfield County PublicÂ Schools.
EBooks, IPods, and Assistive Technology: Helping All Students with ReadingÂ Â Â This session will provide hands-on exploration using the latest technology and (AT)Â assistive technology to assist students with their reading skills. Free and low cost tools will be explored along with the latest software programs and a handout will be given.Â Â Â Presenters: Brenda M. Lucus, Mona D. Pruett, and Mary Wilds from TTAC.
Picture This!Â Â Â Entice students to develop readingÂ , writing and presentation skills using technology in the classroom. Use digital cameras to capture images of a variety of activities to use in creating SOL materials. PowerPoint presentations, Photo StoryÂ projects, and newsletters. Handouts will be provided.Â Â Â Presenters: Brenda Price and Dawn King from Chesterfield County Public Schools.Â
Using a Sentence Maker:Â Â Â When writing isn’t scary, it’s successful. Most students fear writing because they don’t know what to write. A Sentence Maker is a tool developed and used by myÂ kindergartners to create 3-4 sentences on a topic. The Sentence Maker allows the student to be creative without fear.Â Â Â Presenter: Cathy Collier from Chesapeake Public Schools.