Learning, Literature and Literacies

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2nd to 5th October 2007

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Session Selections - Friday, 5th October

Session 7| Session 8 | Guest Speakers

The Conference Organising Committee reserves the right to update the program as information becomes available.

Session 7: 11.00 am

F7.1 -- Libby Gleeson, Author, NSW.
Is literacy education killing our storytellers?
Multi-award winning author, Libby Gleeson reviews the recent emphasis on factual writing in literacy education, and stresses the importance of sharing the passion for stories with our children. If we fail to foster creative writing in our young people, is there a danger that they will face a future bereft of imaginative fiction writers?

F7.2 -- Pat Pledger, Director, Pledger Consulting Pty Ltd, SA.
Children’s literature in the blogosphere
Explore the blogoshere and discover some exciting blogs that will expand your horizons about children’s literature. Read what popular authors like Margo Lanagan and Scott Westerfeld write in their blogs, investigate an online novel, find book reviews and see ways that blogs could be put to use in your library.
Audience: K-12.

F7.3 -- Sue Spence, Library Coordinator, Valley View Secondary School, SA.
Getting the message across: Advocacy for school library staff
Share strategies and simple tips for grassroots advocacy. How do school libraries fit into 21st century educational settings? Let’s be clear on this before we attempt to persuade others! The session will explore professional advocacy kits and resources that are available and how they can be used in local advocacy. Sue will present practical tips and strategies that she has used within her own schools. She will then open a discussion on issues that commonly face those working as the sole staff member in a school. Aimed at those professionals who wish to consolidate and enhance the position of Teacher Librarians within their learning community.
Audience: K-12.

F7.4 -- Kerrie Smith, Communications Officer, edna, SA.
Feeding the passion in Communities of Practice
What makes a vibrant online community? What works in establishing an online community of practice? How do you keep it going? What spaces and tools are available? How do you keep the enthusiasm going? Will it ever become self-generating? How can cyber communities be of benefit to a teacher librarian?
Audience: K-12.

F7.5 -- Cecily Trevillion, Teacher Librarian / Learning Technologies Coordinator, St John the Evangelist High School, NSW.
Improved student literacy - more than wide reading, 4 years on: a developing school reading culture, a home reading program & a reading cafe, what's next in 2007?
This workshop outlines the ongoing development of an exciting Reading & Literacy program. The program has been evaluated and expanded over the past four years to include language literacy skills, writing genres, information skills, ICT skills and also extension work for gifted and talented students in a growing 'partnership' with the English staff, the teacher librarian and the special education coordinator.
Audience: Secondary.

F7.6 -- Sandra Ryan, Head of Library, Santa Maria College, VIC.
How to collect evidence of student learning: Seven years of experience
Gain insight into a range of strategies that can be used to gather evidence of student learning. Advantages of the different strategies will be considered along with how the evidence can influence a structured Information Literacy Programme.
Audience: K-12.

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Session 8: 12.00

F8.1 -- Maryann Ballantyne and Andrew Kelly, Black Dog Books.
Australian Values from an independent Australian Publisher
How does Australian independent publisher Black Dog Books promote Australian ideas and values against a global onslaught? Is it simply jingoism or are these values worth preserving and promoting?

F8.2 -- Heather Voskuyl, Head of Library, Queenwood School For Girls, NSW.
Science fact in science fiction
Our belief is that we read because it helps us make sense of the world. A study of Science Fiction in an Explorations Course task modeled reading strategies that encourage students to read widely and to reflect on their reading. We reward them for making connections between fictional worlds and the world of science. The students make choices about what to read and we hope we make them more conscious of the choices they can make about how they read.
Audience: Secondary

F8.3 -- Kimbra Weeks, Librarian, International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Maureen Mann and Jessie Mahjouri
Sharing the dream: Australian teacher librarians working beyond the boundaries
This panel session invites teacher librarians to consider the opportunities that exist to challenge themselves to further their careers by working in different environments. Listen to the experiences of three Tasmanian teacher librarians who have expanded their horizons by taking up challenges in a variety of placements: in overseas international schools, assisting remote communities in Australia and volunteering in developing countries."
Audience: K-12.

F8.4 --Jillian Wisbey, Coordinator of Information Services, Merici College and Mel O'Brien, Teacher Librarian, Daramalan College Canberra, ACT.
Building a dynamic online learning and community environment
Many schools are looking for an online system that provides ready access to school information and resources and that reflects the academic life and culture of the school and its community. Regardless of the technology platform selected there is a need for careful consideration of the educational and communication use of an intranet, extranet or learning management system. This paper examines the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of an intranet, its integration into the life of the school community and the library and information services staff.
Audience: K-12.

F8.5 -- Isobel Williams, Advanced Skills Teacher - Information Literacy, Ogilvie High School, TAS.
Engaging teachers, engaging students : Embedding Information Literacy into classrooms
This presentation will discuss collaboration between library staff and teachers in a secondary school facing the challenge of curriculum change and an increasing focus on ICT in the curriculum. It will outline successes and failures in their journey towards embedding information literacy and ICT into classrooms. The use of digital portfolios and checklists of ICT skills to assess information literacy will be discussed, and ideas shared on what works with teachers and students.
Audience: Secondary.

F8.6 -- Paulette Stewart, Assistant Lecturer, University of the West Indies, West Indies.
A descriptive study of workshops designed to train teachers to use cooperative learning infused with Multiple Intelligences
Highlighting action research around workshops used to train teachers to use cooperative learning infused with multiple intelligences as a teaching strategy, this session emphasises the changes that can occur in teacher instruction, pupils’ social behaviour and pupils’ academic achievement as a result of implementation of a researched-based teaching strategy.
Audience: Primary.

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Guest speakers: 1.45 pm

FG3.A -- John Raiti, Head of ICT Curriculum Support, Marist College Ashgrove, QLD.
A New Frontier: Web 2.0 = School 2.0
The emergence of an internet and digital culture is having a deep impact on schooling in that teachers are re-conceptualising notions of curriculum and are re-thinking pedagogies. This presentation will explore the challenges faced by schools in re-defining a new paradigm of learning and suggest some ways how Web 2.0 technologies and new literacies can be integrated into teaching practices.
Audience: K-12.

FG3.B -- Susanne Gervay, Author and Tony, NSW.
Rock music and literature: That’s Why I Wrote This Song
That's Why I Wrote This Song is break-through YA literature where the voice of youth through music brings readers to books and vice-versa. It is a book where 'learning, literature and literacies' connect in a unique way - crossing mediums - music, technology, literature - to create a relevant, passionate experience as young people search for identity.
Audience: K-12.

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