The Power of the Selfie Center

Using Technology to Build Meaningful Reflection in Literacy

The Power of The Selfie Center

Selfie:

noun \ˈsel-fē\ a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm's length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer.

How Does The Selfie Center Work?

  • —Center can be guided or independent depending on the students’ readiness
  • —Goal of the center is to eventually be an independent experience
  • —Center opens as an option during the independent reading portion of readers’ workshop
  • —Students typically spend 5-10 minutes at the center
  • —Center is available for 3-4 students during the independent reading time
  • —Teachers need a system for turn-taking at the selfie center

A Selfie becomes a powerful tool for building understanding about how we view ourselves and how we are viewed by others

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Metacognition- thinking about and reflecting upon one's own thinking

reconsideration + new understanding + metacognition =

AGENCY

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Selfie Centers help students fulfill all the dimensions of their reading lives

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It only takes seconds to set up a selfie center!

What You'll Need to Start Your Selfie Center:

  • —iPad (or similar recording device)
  • —Quiet space designated for student reflection
  • —Digital Dropbox folders for students to save selfie videos--Selfie Center teachers are using apps such as Google Drive and Seesaw to save and organize their selfie videos
  • —Anchor Chart with Selfie Center Expectations

WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute

Friday, July 15th, 2:30-3:45pm

7730 Bonhomme Avenue

St. Louis, MO

C.08 York


Panelists will share results, ever-changing dimensions, and the power of the selfie center in kindergarten through sixth-grade classrooms. Participants will view videos of student selfie stories and learn the steps for implementing a selfie center. Panelists will demonstrate how to analyze the selfie center videos and participants will learn how to use a feedback scale developed by selfie center teachers. Participants will walk away with simple, effective, and dynamic ways to integrate technology into their literacy blocks.


Panelists:


Cynthia Merrill: Consultant, The Literacy Consortium, Durham, NH

Deb Craig: Fifth Grade Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, NH

Olivia Van Ledtje: 3rd Grader, Moharimet Elementary School (also known as @TheLivBits!) Madbury, NH

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ISTE 2016 Conference and Expo

Monday, June 27th, 11am-12pm

700 14th Street

Denver, CO

CCC 505, Table 1


SNAPSHOT 1 of 2:

How can selfies create a landscape of understanding and reflection? Discover how you can implement a selfie center to engage K-5 students in deep levels reflection. We'll share student-created documentation and you'll learn simple, effect ways to integrate technology.


Presenters:

Cynthia Merrill: Consultant, The Literacy Consortium, Durham, NH

Bonnie Painchaud: Fifth Grade Teacher, Loudon Elementary School, Loudon, NH

Amy Riley: Second Grade Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, NH

Olivia Van Ledtje: 3rd Grader, Moharimet Elementary School (also known as @TheLivBits!) Madbury, NH

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NCTE Annual Convention 2015

Friday, Nov. 20th 2015 at 11am-12:15pm

1301 2nd Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN

Panelists will share results, ever-changing dimensions, and the power of the Selfie Center in first through fifth grade classrooms. Participants will view videos of student selfie stories and learn the steps for implementing a Selfie Center. Panelists will demonstrate student synthesis through hash tags, and use of primary documents for content integration. Participants will walk away with simple, effective, and dynamic ways to integrate technology into their literacy block(s).



Presenter(s)

  • Chair: Cynthia Merrill Consultant, The Literacy Consortium, Durham, NH
  • Speaker: Deb Craig Fifth Grade Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, NH
  • Speaker: Sarah Hausman Second Grade Teacher, John Fuller School, North Conway, NH
  • Speaker: Mandie King First Grade Teacher, Dondero Elementary School, Portsmouth, NH
  • Speaker: Nicole Kinneavy Fifth Grade Teacher, Maple Wood Elementary School, Somersworth, NH
  • Speaker: Bonnie Painchaud Fifth Grade Teacher, Loudon Elementary School, Loudon, NH


Session B.27, L100B


Can't make it to the session? Look for #SelfieCenter on Twitter for updates!

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WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute

Friday, July 10th 2015 at 2:30-3:45pm

130 Clairemont Avenue

Decatur, GA

Panelists will describe how the Selfie Center enriches their literacy block. Panelists will share results, ever-changing dimensions, and the power of this center in first through fifth grade classrooms. Participants will view videos of student selfie stories and learn the steps for implementing a Selfie Center. Panelists will demonstrate student synthesis through hash tags, and use of primary documents for content integration. Participants will walk away with simple, effective, and dynamic ways to integrate technology into their literacy block(s).



  • Chair: Cynthia Merrill, Consultant, The Literacy Consortium (TLC), Durham, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Deb Craig Fifth Grade Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Amy Riley Second Grade Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Mandie King First Grade Teacher, Dondero Elementary School, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Bonnie Painchaud Fifth Grade Teacher, Loudon Elementary School, Loudon, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Beth Landry Special Education Teacher, Maple Wood School, Somersworth, New Hampshire


Session C.02, Mary Gay C

Can't make it to the session? Look for #SelfieCenter on Twitter for updates!
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NCTE Annual Convention 2014

Friday, Nov. 21st 2014 at 4-5:30pm

201 Waterfront St

National Harbor, MD

Teachers will describe how a simple iPad Selfie Center has enriched and changed their vision of a reading conference. They will share the results, the ever-changing dimensions, and the power of this center in their classrooms.

  • Chair: Cynthia Merrill Consultant, The Literacy Consortium (TLC), Durham, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Deb Craig 5th Grade Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Christina Gaynor Kindergarten Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Mandie King First Grade Teacher, Dondero Elementary School, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Melissa Mastin First Grade Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, Stratham, New Hampshire
  • Speaker: Melissa Mitchell 5th Grade Teacher, Maple Wood School, Somersworth, New Hampshire


Session E.12, National Harbor Room 4

Can't make it to the session? Look for #SelfieCenters and #SelfieCenter on Twitter for updates!

About Our Team

Lab Teacher Cohort

—Each school community involved in this work supports a specific style of professional development: a Lab Cohort. —Lab Teachers meet frequently with one another, and also with the consultant. They are not experts in the literacy work; they just agree to take risks in their practice. Selfie centers grew out of a desire to capture students demonstrating meta-cognition

Cynthia Merrill

Cynthia is a consultant with The Literacy Consortium (TLC), in Durham, New Hampshire who facilitates lab cohorts across New England and Hawaii. Contact Cynthia for personalized and differentiated Professional Development for your teachers!

LivBit

Olivia is a student at Moharimet Elementary School in Durham, NH who loves to share her ideas and thoughts about her reading through short, engaging videos called LivBits! You can follow Olivia on Twitter and Instagram for more ideas about your books. Keep reading, keep thinking, and keep watching LivBits!

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