Reading & Writing in in the Digital Classroom

Across content areas, reading and writing sit at the heart of upper elementary, middle, and high school curricula. Whether students have iPads, Chromebooks, or laptops, the potential exists for thoughtful incorporation of apps, G Suite for Education, non-Google Web-based resources and emerging technologies into classroom instruction that reaches varied types of learners. Using the TIM model as a conceptual framework, we will explore and discuss practical and useful ways core curricula and learning tasks can be enhanced and reinvented with established and emerging technology.

  • Reading- ­ Each device offers a host of tools, features, and apps to scaffold and enhance the reading process. We will explore options for PDF annotation, active reading with eBooks, collaborative reading, as well as content creation and dissemination to support reading instruction.
  • Writing- ­ From brainstorming and mind mapping to revising and publishing, we will examine ways to enhance and evolve your existing writing and note taking processes with Google Docs and the capabilities of your students’ devices. From collaborative writing and editing to multimedia feedback, we will explore how you can modify the process and the product.

Throughout the workshop, participants will develop skills with powerful new and developing technologies such as Google Add-Ons, Hyper Docs and more. Moreover, skills and content not only apply to The Common Core State Standards, but more broadly to the 4Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Creativity – as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. In all, this workshop provides an excellent forum for thoughtful and powerful tech integration into reading and writing instruction across topics and grade levels.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for classroom teachers Grades 4-12, tech integrationists, library media specialists, curriculum designers school administrators and others who are looking to explore the potential of using technology to enhance the instruction of reading and writing.

Workshop Location, Dates, and Instructors:


June 8-9

with Tom Daccord

Device/ App Requirements:

Participants should bring a laptop with an up-to-date operating system and browsers. You are welcome to bring iPads, Chromebooks, or other devices, but some tools may not work on all devices. Participants also need a Google or Google Apps for Education account. iPad users should have an iPad2 or newer, be running latest iOS, and know their Apple ID and password.

App Requirements:

As new apps and updates are continuously changing, a complete list will be published here and emailed to participants closer to the workshop.

Graduate Credit:

Framingham State University offers 1 graduate credit for this course. You must attend all workshop hours and complete a final assignment. Cost is $75 per credit and registration forms will be emailed to participants upon registration and available on the first day of class.

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