Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Call for Literacy Presentations for ISTE Conference / June 23 and June 24 2019 / Philadelphia

Do you have an innovative literacy project, strategy, or tool that meets ISTE Standards? Do you like to share great ideas with others and promote new and noteworthy literacy and teaching tools? Are you attending ISTE 2019 in Philadelphia?

If you answered YES to these questions, then please consider presenting with the Literacy PLN at the conference!
(scroll down for application links)

Each year our group offers events at the annual ISTE Conference in  which we highlight a number of Literacy Education resources and practices  that we feel are  especially exciting and promising. 

This year’s ISTE Conference (International Society for Technology in Education) will be held in Philadelphia - June 23–26, 2019
Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch St./ Philadelphia, PA

The ISTE Literacy Professional Learning Network will offer conference attendees 2 important events at the conference:


) a PANEL/LECTURE-style Session
These are listed in the conference’s online catalog as follows

(click on title/link for session details)

I) Literacy Playground: Innovative Literacy & STEM Learning [PLN submission: Accepted Playground]
  • Scheduled:
    • Sunday, June 23, 9:30 am–12:30 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

II) Technology-Based Literacy Resources and Practices With Special Promise 2019 
[PLN submission: Lecture]
  • Scheduled:
    • Monday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)


The Playground is set up so that attnendees can follow their instincts and visit tables manned by presenters, following their interest. They are free to spend time at each listening, viewing, and trying hands-on what captures their attention and imagination. The tables will feature explanations, work samples, demonstrations, handouts, and more.

The conference  session is a panel/presentation style, hour-long formal session (presenters give a 10 minute presentation and participate in the discussion). It's a simple format in which we highlight a few resources that we believe offer a step forward for Literacy Instruction - tech-based resources and practices that teachers will find interesting, NEWish, supportive, and effective in helping them better teach their students.

For both the playground and the session, we especially like to highlight things that are (at least in part, FREE - could be a free, basic level of the resource or a free trial period, etc.). In addition to the session, we do a podcast to accompany it so that members who can't be at the session can get some of what's presented (see our blog for samples of how this works out - link below). Might you be interested in being part of our small group of highlighted resources/presenters? If so, please use the links below to let us know your interest and what you’d like to present. We’ll follow up with more details later.


Panel?Lecture Session:
Simply email Mark Gura (co-chair of the ISTE Literacy Network) with a description of the resource or practice you would like to present at the session along with a brief explanation of why it offers something new and significant for educators and their students: markgura@verizon.net 

NOTE - Feel free to apply for both if you think your presentation fits!
By the way, the conference session details remain online long after the conference day and interested professional, both ISTE  members and others, can access these along with session handouts. Further, groups who partner with our ISTE Literacy Network are also featured on the group’s blog with a write up and a podcast  interview. Below are some samples from previous years’ sessions:
-         Actively Learn: Literacy SpecialInterest PODCAST Episode #20 http://literacyspecialinterest.blogspot.com/2016/11/actively-learn-literacy-special.html
-         Beeline Reader: Literacy Special Interest PODCAST Episode #19
-         Literacy Special Interest Podcast(Episode #14) - Highlighting BUNCEE
-         Literacy Special Interest Podcast(Episode #10) - Highlighting WONDEROPOLIS

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