#4TDW Day 3 Newsletter

Sunday, October 16

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The 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing's third day of interactive webinars begins this Sunday, October 16th at 1:30PM. Don't miss it! Sessions topics include:
  • argument writing,
  • flipped learning,
  • blogging,
  • digital writing in the elementary classroom,
  • "creative writing" with informational texts.

NOTE: Webinar room links will also be posted to the conference website on the October 16 schedule page.

Questions? Contact delia.decourcy@oakland.k12.mi.us

1:30-2:30 pm EST

Blogging in the Classroom: Purpose, Planning and Perseverance

Returning Featured Speaker: Beth Rogers, Clarkston Community Schools, MI

3:00-4:00 pm EST

Scaffolding Argumentative Writing From Multiple Online Sources
Special Invited Guest: Julie Coiro, University of Rhode Island

4:30-5:30 pm EST

Creating a Digital Writer

Returning Featured Speaker: Amy Quinn, West Bloomfield Schools, MI

6:00-7:00 pm EST

Flipped Learning in English Language Arts
Special Invited Guests: Clarice Moran, Kennesaw State University & Carl Young, North Carolina State University

7:30-8:30 pm EST

"Creative Writing" with Informational Texts on the Web
Special Invited Guest: Michael Deschryver, Central Michigan University

9:00-10:00 pm EST

What's on the Menu? Blogging Three Ways
Featured Speaker: Amanda Cornwell, Lake Michigan Writing Project

To view the recordings, slides, and resources from previous webinars, visit the links below:

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By participating in the live virtual conference sessions, Michigan educators can earn between 3 and 24 hours of SCECH’s (attend 3 to 24 sessions) through the University of Michigan.

  • You must attend a minimum of 3 hours of the conference to qualify for the minimum 3 SCECH's.
  • There is no cost to apply for SCECH’s, but you must complete the SCECH forms on the website after the conference is over by Friday, October 28 at 5pm.
  • To earn SCECHs, you must have an account in the MOECs system.
  • To earn credit for a session, you must sign in with your full name and be present for the full 60 minutes.
  • For more information, visit the conference website.

Is the conference really free?

YES! And you can attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

I want to attend a particular session, but I have a conflict. Are these sessions recorded?

YES. The sessions will be archived on this website and you will also receive links to the session recordings in a newsletter post-conference. To see last year's Conference Archive, click here.

Do you have a certificate or some form to show attendance or participation?Unfortunately, due to the high rate of registration and very limited personnel, we can not provide attendance certificates to attendees. Your options are graduate credit and Michigan educators can apply for SCECHs.

What devices can I use to attend the virtual conference.

Blackboard Collaborate works best on laptops, but can also be accessed by mobile phone and tablet if you download the Blackboard Collaborate app. Note that on these mobile devices, the tools will be limited and accessing Google docs that might be used in a session will be difficult.

**NOTE: Blackboard Collaborate is not compatible with Chromebooks.**

How do I test to make sure I can access Blackboard Collaborate?

Visit this page of the conference website for instructions on how to test Blackboard Collaborate on your computer. For a step by step tutorial about how to access Blackboard Collaborate conference sessions, watch the video above.

Questions? Contact delia.decourcy@oakland.k12.mi.us

If you're active on Twitter, we want your help! Sign up to tweet during a (or several) conference session to share your learning with the Twitterverse.

All you have to do is sign up on this Google Doc. And we're happy to have more than one designated tweeter per session.

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