Boston, MA, October 27, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- At this month’s Annual Conference of the New England Association of Teachers of English, the Common Core State Standards will be front and center. Under the theme of the “Common Core: Standards, Values and Creativity in the Classroom,” the conference will address many of the questions surrounding the Common Core: How are these standards different from those to which teachers are accustomed? How do they relate to the values educators teach?
The authors of the Common Core refer to it as a set of standards but not a curriculum. In light of that, how can teachers create a meaningful curriculum that will embody these standards? And how can they foster creativity in teaching and student work, consistent with the Common Core?
Ryan Gilbert, an English teacher from Bellafontaine, Ohio will tackle these questions, among others, in a presentation revolving around the potentially pivotal role of technology in providing answers.
What: According to Gilbert, both the Common Core and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) standards establish expectations beyond the traditional tripod of literature, composition, and language, and address how the English curriculum should include speaking, listening, media, and technology. Gilbert’s session will explore ways to use technology to bring reading and writing to life through sound, image, and an innovative, always-on social network of peers.
Gilbert is an early adopter of StudySync, a collaborative online learning tool that advances reading, writing and critical thinking. Of the product, Gilbert says, “StudySync offers a powerful tool for both reading and writing, with built in models of high‐quality student dialogue, and multiple opportunities and reasons for students to read and write. With StudySync, students write to share their thinking about texts, to communicate with their peers, and to give each other thoughtful feedback.”
Aimed at middle school and high school students, StudySync embraces social networking, mobile technology, digital media, and an extensive library of classic and modern texts, to connect students to the great ideas of mankind while encouraging academic discourse and peer-to-peer collaboration.
When: Friday, October 28; 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Session III)
Who: Ryan Gilbert, English instructor, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Bellafontaine, Ohio
Where: Holiday Inn, Mansfield/Foxboro,Mass.
How: To speak withRyan Gilbert, contact:
Edge Communications, Inc.
About: BookheadEd Learning connects high school and middle school students to the great ideas of mankind through technology, multimedia, and a rich library of classic and modern texts. StudySync, its flagship product, uses web-delivered educational tools – including broadcast-quality video, digital media, mobile platforms, and social networking —to help teachers inspire higher levels of students’ reading, writing, critical thinking, academic discourse and peer-to-peer collaboration. Based in Sonoma, Calif. and with an office in Cambridge, Mass., BookheadEd is comprised of educators and experts who believe “Together,We’re Smarter.”