About the Class
Social Networking and Literacy: Using new media to enhance book groups and an independent reading program by Karen Blumberg
About the Presenter:
Karen Blumberg has been teaching (mostly in Manhattan independent schools) for 15 years. She is in her fifth year as the Middle School Technology Integrator at The School at Columbia University, a unique K-8 school that serves the Harlem community and the Columbia faculty equally. Previously, Karen was the Middle School Technology Coordinator at Sacred Heart 91st Street, and a math teacher at The Dalton School and for The School District of Philadelphia. She is a member of ISTE, NCTM, NAIS, NYCIST, CSTA, and other professional organizations. She is an organizer of TEDxNYED, TEDxYouth@TheSchool, and the Robo Expo, and this year, Karen is president of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists. Karen earned a BA in Math and an MA in Instructional Technology and New Media. Karen is proud to finally own real estate, and though www.karenblumberg.com only exists virtually, she uses the site to document some of her recent technology integration experiences. She is passionate about digital photography, traveling, and good eats.
About the Presentation:
The Middle School English Department at The School at Columbia University has adopted innovate methods to encourage, support, and reinforce a robust reading program and collaborative learning. We have a Google Site where students keep track of their independent reading, add book reviews, and leave comments for each other. We also have an internal Elgg social Network where students create small reading communities to house teacher-led discussions, student-led discussions, favorite quotes, and an ongoing vocabulary page.
Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning
CO11 on IT4ALL Moodle & WiZiQ
Feb 4-6, 2011
Welcome to the annual connecting online live online conference (CO11). You are cordially invited to participate at the live online conference on the weekend of Feb 4-6 2011.
The conference will be of interest to educators, administrators, students, and community members who value the importance of integrating technology into the curriculum to improve instruction and learning. Online learning involves various skills on the part of the instructor and learner. These include social and communication skills, social networking, independent learning strategies, critical and higher order thinking skills, creativity, and effective online and face-to-face facilitation. In addition, there are may challenges that the educators, administrators, students, and community members face.
The CO11 will be conducted on IT4ALL Moodle with the presentations on WiZiQ through the Moodle.
The themes for the presentations are:
- Connecting Online to Improve Instruction and Learning: Online Learning and Instructional Experience
- Experiences with technology in face-to-face and online classes. What worked and what didn't work for you?
- How do you use technology to promote and sustain your online workshops, consultation, and communities of practice and learning?
- Research conducted on e-learning, blended online learning, and blended learning.
- Reviewing or promoting books on integrating technology into the classroom, e-learning, blended learning, and blended online learning.
- Challenges administrators, instructors, students, and community members face in connecting online.
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Keywords: social networking, co11, literacy