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10 Ways to Engage Readers: Bringing Authors Into Your Classroom

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 12
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Poster

Dr. Rayna Freedman  
Connecting students to authors provides authentic learning experiences, engaging students in their reading and writing process. Discover 10 ways to connect with authors that will break down the four classroom walls. Participants will gain a number of strategies to engage their students with authors.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Nothing
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Related exhibitors:
Microsoft Corporation
, IPEVO, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Connecting students to authors provides authentic learning experiences, engaging students in their reading and writing process. Discover ten ways to connect with authors, breaking down the four classroom walls. Research on literacy talks about providing ways to engage students with books. Activities can be created in the classroom based on author visits, whether it is reading the authors books whole class, literature circle discussions, hyperdocs, or using collaborative learning tools to continue the discussion. Participants will gain various strategies to engage their elementary students with authors, thinking about lessons and ideas that can happen before and after these connections. Authors want to be part of your learner’s experience!

Live Visits
Virtual visits
Writing activities- podcast, blog, finish ending or next chapter
Local book events
One book/Global Read Aloud


A Google Site was created to showcase the ten tips. Learners will have access to the site and will go through each tip. Questions will be taken as the presenter goes through each tip. 5 min will be spent on each tip with and introduction and conclusion given.

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Dr. Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield

Dr. Rayna Freedman is a 5th grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. Rayna has a B.S. in Education from the University of Vermont and a M.Ed in Educational Technology from Lesley University. She received her doctorate through Northeastern in teaching, learning, leading, and curriculum. Rayna is the past President of MassCUE and has been presenting at the annual conference since 2010. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, Medfield Digital Learning Day, FETC, BPLC, and BLC.

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