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SXSWedu 2016

Tackling Words & Images Critically with Students

As the historically static world of text, and the dynamic visual media worlds are converging, students are reading more and more on a screen than in a paper text, and are required to transfer reading skills to visual media. Technology and schooling continue to evolve, teachers must continue to support/equip students with literacy skills needed to participate, engage, and succeed in our global and digital society. To do so, students must develop skills to read in print and online, decode these messages, and critically think about text and media. The diverse panel will address strategies and techniques for teaching students to read texts critically and deepen comprehension of digital texts.

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  1. Participants will be able to identify & distinguish the differences between “digital literacy” “visual literacy” and “ functional literacy”
  2. Participants will be introduced to (provided with) new strategies & practices that help teach visual & text literacy.
  3. Participants will be prepared to engage in critical conversations around reading, critical thinking, and digital media at their school.



Steve Siden, Customer Success Manager, Actively Learn

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