VCU hosts conference on literacy instruction in a digital world

vcuVirginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education is hosting the second annual “Teaching Literacy in a Digital World” conference, which will focus on current research and instructional strategies related to the use of technology in pre-K-12, college and adult education settings.

During this conference, general sessions, combined with breakout and poster sessions covering a variety of topics, will include speakers such as Rachel Karchmer-Klein, M.Ed., associate professor of literacy education at the University of Delaware; Jill Castek, Ph.D., research assistant professor with the Literacy, Language & Technology Research Group at Portland State University; Monty Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor of teaching and learning in VCU’s School of Education; and Tom Woodward, associate director of learning innovation at VCU’s ALT Lab. Conference presentations cover three main themes: reading and writing in digital environments, digital literacy in an “open” world, and social media and education.

The conference will be held Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. at the VCU Academic Learning Commons at 1000 Floyd Ave. on the Monroe Park Campus. The cost to register is $75, or $40 for students. Conference sessions and materials, parking, morning refreshments and lunch are provided with registration.

Visit the website for the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at for the conference agenda and registration and for information on speakers, poster sessions, directions and lodging. The first 100 registrants will be entered to win a Kindle Fire.

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