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Giving Voice and Power to Readers: Tools and Strategies to Maximize Learning Potental

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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: Room 117

Dr. Michele Haiken  
Today, educators must facilitate lessons that help students read digital, print and visual texts. Learn different digital tools and strategies to support student readers, amplify their voice and promote critical thinking to meet CCLS and ISTE Standards.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
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: Personalized learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, ESL
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product and learning environment based on student readiness levels, learning styles, interests and personal goals.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Due to the diverse readers in our classrooms, teaching reading has taken on a variety of approaches to promote literacy that not only addresses functional reading, but promotes reading in a way for students to be critical consumers of information and effective communicators. Through a series of authentic conversations, hands-on materials, and multimedia platforms, participants will become acquainted with new technologies and strategies to integrate into engaged, active, student-centered learning where choice leads to increased voice. Participants will gain a literacy toolbox with differentiated digital tools and activities to support the diverse learners in their classrooms. Digital tools include (not limited to): Actively Learn, Newsela, Edpuzzle, Flipgrid, QR Code Quests, Nearpod, Padlet, Google Suite, and more. Participants will see models of differentiated strategies including adventure quests, hyperdocs, think tac toes, and menu boards that explore technology innovation in student-centered learning spaces where choice leads to increased voice and reading success. Being literate in today’s society is not merely about consumption and intake of information but about creation and meaning making.


> Ice Breaker - What is your reading superpower? Create Reading Trading Cards & Share
> Padlet Brainstorm: Who are the diverse readers in your Classroom?
> Mini-Lesson: Habits of Proficient Readers
> Activity on Actively Learn reading platform
> Discussion: Getting the Most of Digital Reading Platforms
> THINK & RESPOND - What are the most important considerations in planning your instruction?What options are available for students who need extra support and time to meet the instructional goals and those who may have already mastered them?
> Viewing "You Look Scary" short & Discussion/Activity
> Before Reading Strategies and Tools - Explore and Playground
> During Reading Strategies - Explore and Playground
>Models/Show and Tell: Hyperdocs and Quests
> After Reading Strategies - App Smackdown
> Workshopping & Creating our own differentiated hyper doc and or hyper doc. During this time presenter is going around to workshop with participants
> Share hyperdocs
> Reflaction (Reflection & Action)
> Questions

Supporting research

Technology as an integral component of collaborative classrooms engages students in learning experiences full of passion and verve. As David Warlick, an early proponent of technology integration in the classroom, says: “We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” Classrooms of the digital age are interactive spaces where literate lives are groomed through the analysis and synthesis of content. Traditional one-size-fits all model of education is outdated and broken. Based on Carol Ann Tomlinson's research and writings on differentiation and Universal Design Learning, the practices and information presented in this workshop support flexibility in the ways students access material, engage with it and show what they know. Additionally, developing lesson plans that give all students an equal opportunity to succeed helps all kids in school and beyond.

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Dr. Michele Haiken, Rye Middle School/Manhattanville College

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