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Motivating the Reluctant Reader Through Technology

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, June 25, 1:45–2:45 pm
Location: 107AB

Dr. L. Robert Furman  
Dr. Rob delivers a fresh approach to integrating modern technology and reading. He presents resources that can easily be introduced into the 21st classroom. Dr. Rob discusses ways educators can use these resources in an appropriate, budget-friendly manner to see a shift in active reading among their students.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Special education
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Related exhibitors: EVERFI , FlexTime Manager , Numberella , Flipgrid , SXSW EDU , Swivl, Inc. , Scholastic, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Dr. Rob delivers a fresh approach to integrating modern technology and reading. Dr. Rob presents technological resources that can easily be introduced into the 21st classroom; from websites, to video conferencing, to ‘apps’, in order to bring a refreshing approach to reading. Dr. Rob discusses applications for each, bringing to light ways educators and schools can use these resources in an appropriate, budget-friendly, manner to see a shift in active reading among their students.


This presentation is directly related to my old book as well as my new book published by ISTE, It will follow the table of contents of those books. The 60 minute session will dive into several needs to help a reluctant reader as well as best practices in technology and reading.

Supporting research

Furman, L.R. (2012). Instructional Technology Tools: A Professional Development Plan. Bloomington:  iUniverse.

Furman, L.R. (2015). Reading, Technology, and Digital Literacy. Arlington, VA: International Society of
Technology Education.

Furman, L.R. (2017). The Future Ready Challenge. Arlington, VA: International Society of
Technology Education.

Haiken, Michele, and L Robert Furman (2018). PERSONALIZED READING: Digital Strategies and Tools to Support All Learners. International Society of Technology Education.

Professional Publications
Furman, L.R. (2015). “Encouraging the Discouraged Reader”. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=414&category=Toolbox&article
Furman, L.R. (2011 – Present). Blogger for Huffington Post, www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-furman.
Furman, L.R. (2012-Present). Blogger for Ed Tech Review, http://edtechreview.in/author/32-rob-furman
Furman, L.R. (2013). Video Blogger for eHow, http://www.ehow.com/contributor/rob_furman/
Furman, L.R. (2012 – 2014), Monthly column on Motivating Reluctant Readers and Educational   Technology. Reader Leader Magazine. Scholastic Book Fairs.  http://direct.www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/experience/articles/robert_furman/
Furman, L. R. (2010). “21st Century Learning: No Teacher Left Behind”. The Compass. A publication of  NYSTROM, Herff Jones Education Division.
Furman, L. R. (2006). “Helping Parents of Poverty: RESPECT and Training.” Middle Matters, A publication  of the National Elementary Principals’ Association.

National Conferences
The Future Ready Challenge (2017-Present)
Association of Middle Level Education, Philadelphia, PA
International Society of Technology in Education, San Antonio, TX
National Association of Elementary School Principals, Orlando, FL

Motivating the Reluctant Reader through Technology (2013-Present)
 Association of Middle Level Education, Minneapolis, MN, Nashville, TN
 National Association of Elementary School Principals, Baltimore, MD, Orlando, FL
 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Chicago, IL.
International Society of Technology in Education, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA
Virtual Leadership (2011)
 Association of Middle Level Education, Louisville, KY.
 International Society of Technology in Education, Philadelphia, PA
21st Century Skills (2010)
 National Middle School Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Techie Tidbits that Won’t Break the Bank (2010)
 National Elementary Principal’s Conference, Houston, TX.

State and Regional Conferences
 PASCD Keynote speaker 2016
Virginia Association of School Librarians, Keynote
 Virginia Leadership Association, Keynote Panel
Virginia Society of Technology Education, Virginia Beach, VA. Keynote.
 New York State Reading Association, Albany, NY.
 New England League of Middle Schools, Providence, RI
 Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals, Cincinnati, OH
Blended Schools Network, State College, PA.

Virtual Conferences
 Second Life: Virginia Society of Technology Education, Virginia Beach, VA. Keynote
Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership, (2013) School Leadership Summit

EdWeb : Dr. Rob Furman Shares Tools for Motivating Readers
  Take the Risk, Take the Extra Step: Advice for School Leaders
  An Interview with Rob Furman
Easy Ways to get students Future Ready

Podcast and Videocast Channels:
Host and Director: Council on the Future of Education Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/council-on-the-future-of-education/id1322021619?mt=2
Co- Host: Practical Principals https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-practical-principals/id1321597835?mt=2
Co-Host: The Seditionists https://www.youtube.com/user/DrRFurman
Host: #EduRevolution https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-rob-edurevolution/id1179406702?mt=2

Community Service Presentations and Workshops
Education Talk Radio Interview (2018) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2018/01/19/an-edwebnet-showliteracy-and-technologyhelping-all-readers
THE Journal (2017) https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/06/09/principal-robert-furman-urges-teachers-to-break-old-habits-and-go-digital.aspx?admgarea=pro.development

Education Talk Radio Interview (2015) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2015/05/12/iste-technology-reading-and-digital-literacy-to-engage-the-reluctant-reader

Hustle and Heart TV, (2015) Rob Furman on How Teachers become Successful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8RVvcYXZVU

Education News Interview http://www.educationviews.org/an-interview-with-l-robert-furman-instructional-technology-tools/
Master of Ceremonies of Ed Camp (2013). Connected Educator Month. Pittsburgh City Charter  and the Ellis School, Pittsburgh, PA. Keynote.

Teacher Appreciation Week. (2013) Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Pittsburgh, PA.
Pleasant Hills Rotary, (2009) Pleasant Hills, PA.

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Dr. L. Robert Furman, South Park School District

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