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Thursday, July 27 • 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Asavavatana/Van Ledtje - Talking “Technology”: Teaching Fluent Communicators in the 21st Century

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By the time students reach the early childhood classroom, many of them are already absorbing large amounts of content through technology. To keep up with 21st century demands, the term “literacy” should encompass the fluency with which children can interface with and manipulate new forms of media. In other words, students should not just be users of digital media, but creators as well. By teaching students how to effectively communicate their own ideas through media such as icons, videos, hashtags and more, students can apply the same critical thinking and analytical skills that we teach in reading and writing to their experience with current communication tools.

In this session, the amazing Olivia Van Ledtje (a.k.a LivBit) and I will share how young students can experience and learn literacy skills that match the way we communicate in today’s world. Taken together, the ideas in this workshop will enable early childhood educators to strengthen and diversify their core teaching methods by integrating them with the latest technology has to offer.

Participants will:
-Examine how 21st century media is changing the definition of literacy in early childhood, and how classrooms should adjust to make the most of this evolution
-Walk through several exercises that break down how to use literacy concepts to teach young learners how to analyze and create new forms of media
-Walk away with examples and tools for how technology can be used to enhance the Reading and Writing Workshop in grades K-2

Speakers
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Pana Asavavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own... Read More →
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Olivia Van Ledtje

Olivia (aka as LivBit) is a 9-year old who is smart about all things shark and hopes to be a future ichthyologist.  She is an ambassador for the Gills Club, an organization promoting girls in science through inquiry-based experiences meant to grow enthusiasm and activism for... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All