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Fall VirtCon 2015
Literacies for the Digital Age

October 24, 2015 | 9AM-4PM (EST)

Broadcasting LIVE from Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD

Join us for Discovery Education’s Fall VirtCon as we reimagine traditional teaching and learning through the integration of Kathy Schrock’s 13 Literacies for the Digital Age.

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Every session will be broadcast LIVE with a full video feed to homes and dozens of viewing parties around North America and the world.

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Conference Agenda

9:00 AMOverview of the 13 LiteraciesKathy Schrock
9:15 AMTraditional LiteracyLiz Waterston
 Traditional Literacy is the backbone of education in that without reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy, students struggle to attain and share information in a meaningful way. I will explore a bit more about Traditional Literacy and share with you several activities that not only integrate technology seamlessly but can help your students to improve and hone skills in not only Traditional Literacy, but many of the other literacies.
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9:45 AMHealth LiteracyKyle Schutt
 From eating superfoods to tracking your activity with technology devices, health and wellness has seen a makeover in recent years. We¹re going to share strategies for supporting students¹ health goals and jump into resources for connecting global health concerns to your classroom.
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10:00 AMInformation LiteracySusan Gauthier
 Students have access to limitless information, but do they know how to really find information? Do they think critically about their research? Can they evaluate resources? In this session we will explore redesigning research with “on trend” skills and tools.
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10:30 AMDigital LiteracySteve Dembo
 Digital literacy goes far beyond knowing how to do a Google search. Students need to know how to find information effectively, evaluate the sources they discover, demonstrate proper use of the material and then communicate it out in an effective manner. In this session, we'll explore ways to guide students along this path in a safe and empowering manner.
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11:00 AMVisual LiteracyNancy Sharoff
 Did you know that.... Approximately 65% of the population are visual learners? The brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text? 90% of information that comes to the brain is visual? 40% of all nerve fibers connected to the brain are linked to the retina? In this session, we will focus on L-I-A (Locating - Interpreting - Application) to help support learning.
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11:30 AMHistorical LiteracyBrad Fountain
 In a digital world the definition of literacy has changed. How do we ensure that our students are not just literate, but that they are capable of effectively utilizing information to communicate in a digital world? In addition, how do we cultivate literacy in the context of social studies lessons while still addressing the state standards. This session will include practical learning strategies commonly used with traditional texts, but enhanced through digital content.
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12:00 PMMedia LiteracyHall Davidson
 Master media by making it! We will build media from generic parts, analyze and evaluation media by manipulating an important component--sound tracks. We will identify some key elements for arresting videos like body language and faces and question their appropriate use. We'll find classroom extensions and tool when media making, and finally, will crowd source an amazing, impactful, media message in real time!
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12:45 PMEconomic LiteracyJackie Prester
 As we learn how to prepare students that are college and career ready, we can’t forget economic literacy. Life after graduation requires students to make personal financial choices, like getting a loan to purchase a house or vehicle, as well understand how world-wide economics influences everyday purchases and long-term financial independence. Join us as we investigate this important topic and share tools and resources for building student understanding.
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1:00 PMCivic LiteracyJoe Sangillo
 This session will highlight the importance of students learning 21st century skills for staying informed about local, regional, and worldwide events, and empowering them to make informed decisions and participate in civic life. We will share best practices for actively engaging students with civics, and will review the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, which provides a framework for civic literacy skills with a focus on student driven inquiry.
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1:30 PMGlobal LiteracyMichael Soskil
 As technology makes the world smaller, connections with others from around the globe becomes more important. Building an emotional connection by empowering students to connect with others and giving them the ability to use their learning as a means of solving real social problems creates powerful learning opportunities. Students who feel the intrinsic joy that comes from using their learning to do good at young ages not only learn more, they also grow up to be adults who take action to affect positive change in the world. Let's explore examples of student-driven service projects that have made a real difference in the world and tools and tips to start integrating global learning into your classroom this year.
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2:00 PMData LiteracyPatti Duncan
 In today's world data is more available than ever before. There is an art to digesting, interpreting and analyzing information as it is presented. Students need to develop the skills that help them see what is behind the message. Additionally, students must find effective ways to disseminate and communicate their own data. This session will look at both aspects of data literacy, the tools that help students develop the skills and effective ways of integrating these tools into your lessons.
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2:30 PMTool LiteracyDavid Fisher
 What's a teacher to do? There are tools galore out there. The choices are endless, which begs the question whether or not one can truly be literate with all the tools available. Join me as we explore that question and work towards the understanding that the tool literacy expected in years past may look very different for us and our students today.
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3:00 PMCritical LiteracyDean Shareski
 Mythbusting and the Nigerian Prince? From the moment you received your first email scam, the world became a different place. When it comes to truth and lies, digital means we have to be full-time critics and skeptics. Let's explore some practical ways you can teach your students to be harsh critics and mindful producers which empower them to navigate better and interact safely with digital content.
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3:30 PMClosing Remarks