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Old School Lessons and New School Methods

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: 201A

Hollie Woodard  
See multiple examples of 21st century language arts pedagogy to increase student engagement and understanding of the world's most time-tested and approved classic literature so today’s students can benefit from the valuable lessons of yesterday’s stories. Come away with concrete ideas to modernize your lessons, not your lit!

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees may find it useful to have a Google account ready so that shared items are easily saved and manipulated, but there is no required technology.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to demonstrate to secondary English teachers how to leverage technology in order to bring new life and relevance to “old school” reading and writing lessons that make up the Language Arts Curriculum.

Attendees will leave with several concrete examples of innovative projects, units, and activities that leverage technology to increase student engagement, student agency, and allow for self-paced learning and differentiation which aline with the ISTE standards for students.

Attendees will also see how to adapt their current units and teaching methodologies through free, easily accessible technology that can be accessed by teachers and students. They will also learn some “analog” activities which incorporate ISTE standards, thus making the presentation appropriate for those in all types of ed tech situations, from 1:1 to one computer in the room.

Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on a lesson currently in their teaching year and determine a course of action to bring that lesson into the “new school” realm.

In order to achieve these outcomes, several technologies will be utilized and demonstrated, including but not limited to: Ozobot robots, Edpuzzle, Google sites, Twitter, and Actively Learn

Overall, this session will employ direct instruction and audience participation to help attendees leave feeling that they are empowered to make positive changes to at least one lesson in the future.


Section I: Introductions and how we got here
Time: 5 minutes (approximate)
Activity: Sharing
Presenters will share their background and how they came to integrate technology, as well as a bit about the “old school” texts they use in class.

Section II: Old School Texts, New School Tech
Time: 20 minutes (approximate)
Activity: Sharing
Several examples of how technology was used to leverage student engagement and increase individual student success will be provided, with suggestions for use at both the middle and high school level.
Self-paced units and PBLA’s through Google sites/LMS
Robots meet Mythology
Flipped Syllabus
Screencasting the story
Macbeth’s movie trailer

Section III: But what if I don’t have that new-fangled tech?
Time: 20 minutes (approximate)
Activity: Sharing
Several examples of how the spirit of ISTE standards for students can still be achieved through a pedagogical shift will be shared, even if there is not abundant technology.
Gamified Research Papers
From Page to Screen
Going Global with Author Tweets

Section IV: Now What? Get those ideas down!
Time: 5-10 minutes (approximate)
Activity: Audience participation and discussion
Attendees will work to create a collaborative document with their ideas of how to “new school” one lesson or text that they teach.

Supporting research

Young, C. A. & Bush, J. (2004). Teaching the English language arts with technology: A critical approach and pedagogical framework. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 4(1). Retrieved from

Literacy Instruction with Digital and Media Technologies
"Literacy Instruction With Digital And Media Technologies." Reading Rockets. N. p., 2013. Web. 27 Sept. 2018.

Because You Asked: How Tech Can Transform English/Language Arts Class from Good to Great - EdSurge News
"Because You Asked: How Tech Can Transform English/Language Arts Class From Good To Great - Edsurge News." EdSurge. N. p., 2012. Web. 27 Sept. 2018

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Hollie Woodard, Council Rock School District

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