The Evolution of Online Language Arts Resources – 16 September 2010

INACOL, the international organisation for K-12 online learning is hosting a webinar on September 16 in which John Warren of the Rand Corporation will present ‘Inanimate Alice’ as a model for the progression of digital publishing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
18:00-19:00 Eastern (US)
23:00-00:00 GMT

Digital content and technologies are transforming learning, communications, and society itself in ways that are still unfolding, but akin to the communications revolution following the invention of the printing press. While digital content and texts have made inroads into the classroom, several hurdles remain surrounding access, costs, and the training required, as well as the focus on core reading and mathematics standards, standardized testing, and budget crises.

Today’s new technologies require a broad rethinking of books and other resources for teaching and learning language arts. While many digital texts are merely an electronic image of a paper product, others have employed the electronic format in broadening the spectrum of learning. Digital storytelling or new media writing employ computers or electronic devices such as an iPhone in both writing and reading digital stories, and utilize multimedia in ways impossible in printed books.

This session examines the emerging future of digital curriculum resources for online language arts teachers and issues surrounding multimedia literacy. We will examine a digital novel utilizing text, sound, images, and gaming in storytelling, and what teachers and students have done to extend the story further into teaching and learning.

Bruce Friend, Director, SAS® Curriculum Pathways®, SAS Institute
John Warren, Director of Marketing, Publications, RAND Corporation