Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing
"Teaching to Change, Changing to Teach"
Saturday, October 13, 8:30 - 2:30, UMass Amherst.
WMWP's Best Practices conference features interactive workshops by Summer Institute participants, reunion meetings, and more. Workshop and session topics include ELL, digital literacy, literacy across the curriculum, tips and strategies for implementing the Common Core, and more. Keynote address by Kevin Hodgson, author, blogger, and National Writing Project Technology Liaison. Fee: $45. (includes coffee and lunch). 5 pdps. Register by September 21. Full program will be posted by August 30th.
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A little more about our keynote speaker....
Texting. Social networking. Sharing. Youtube. Video gaming. As more and more young people use technology to communicate and interact with the world, our definitions of literacy have begun shifting. Kevin Hodgson, this year’s keynote speaker at the Western Massachusetts Writing Project’s Best Practices conference, will delve into the changing literacies of our students, and of our classroom, as part of an exploration about how to make connections between digital literacies and learning. His talk – entitled “Digital Kids, Digital Literacies” – aims to bring some of those “hidden” literacies to light.
Hodgson teaches sixth grade at the William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, and is the technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. A co-editor of the collection put out by Teachers College Press, Teaching the New Writing, Hodgson has been exploring the ways that technology is changing our notions of writing and literacy for a number of years. His students have designed and published video games, created digital posters about how to use technology in meaningful ways, crafted webcomics, and composed multimedia essay projects.
Awarded the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching award as well as the Western Mass Writing Project Pat Hunter award, Hodgson is a sought-after presenter and keynote speaker across the country.
The topic of Hodgson’s keynote connects directly with this year’s inquiry theme of WMWP: the shifting nature of digital literacies and an exploration of ways that teachers can tap into those skills and interests of students for learning environments that are meaningful and authentic, even under the umbrella of the new Massachusetts Common Core curriculum.
Hodgson blogs regularly about these issues at Kevin’s Meandering Mind (http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/) and is a regular contributor to the National Writing Project’s Digital Is resource site (http://digitalis.nwp.org/). His classroom weblog site is The Electronic Pencil (http://epencil.edublogs.org/ )