Friday, April 22, 2016

Literacy Special Interest PODCAST – Episode # 18 Class Pages: Using Hyperlinks and Simple Web Pages to Support Student Literacy... Interview with Joel Heffner

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Literacy Special Interest PODCAST Episode # 18 
Class Pages: Using Hyperlinks and Simple Web Pages to Support Student Literacy Learning and Boost Motivation by Making Instructional Activities Relevant in Our Web-Based World.

This episode features an interview that was recorded as part of Prof. Mark Gura’s online graduate class for Touro College, The Educational Technology Specialist as School Leader (Touro EDIT 670).

The class guest speaker was Mr.Joel Heffner, a highly experienced educator and staff developer. He worked for decades for the New York City Dept. of Education, who  spoke about some uses of the web for teachers,a subject on which he has written and published and has appreciable insight. Among the themes covered were the use of hyperlinks in student writing activities,hyperlinked class publishing projects to update Literacy learning and model authentic 21st Century collaboration, and web safety for studentswhen publishing student work on the web.

Follow this link to access and/or download Mr. Heffner’s handout for the session and to access the HTML template he refers to: 
Joel Heffner is an technology consultant who conducts workshops, including Web Your Classroom, Email in the Classroom, and iPhoneography: The Good, The Bad, and The Creative. You can find him at,, and He can be reached at and on Twitter at @JoelHeffner.