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Tuesday, July 12 • 10:30am - 11:50am
Connecting Writing to Authentic Audiences

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While 21st century students experience an unprecedented level of connectedness through
media, social networking, and accessible information, we as educators tend to alienate that student from their digital worldhood, requiring them to disconnect from that which captures their attention and instead to read, write, and research alone. This presentation explores how writing can be made more meaningful if and only if there is a real audience to connect the writer’s word to purpose.  Even shy students want to be heard, and technology combined with strategic, student-centered pedagogy serves to make that possible in ways that are not only meaningful but fun. This presentations explores how platforms like Google docs, blogger, and online discussion forums can make writing more purposeful by connecting student voice to audiences beyond the confines of classrooms and campuses.

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Jared Colley

Chair, English Department, The Oakridge School
Jared Colley chairs the English Department at The Oakridge School where he also teaches literature and humanities courses in the upper division. A Texas native, he studied English and philosophy at University of Texas at Austin before receiving his M.A. at NYU in critical theory with... Read More →
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Claire Reddig

MS English Teacher and Writing Specialist, The Oakridge School

Tuesday July 12, 2016 10:30am - 11:50am CDT
UMS 104