Merging Literacy and Technology
March 2010. Integrating technology into our literacy practices leads to many questions. What does it mean to integrate technology? How do you integrate technology in innovative and exciting ways to support literacy development? What are the intended or unintended outcomes of technology integration? How do you personally keep up with new advances in technology? How do you honor and incorporate the technological expertise of your students? How do you address student access to technology both in and out of school? How do you guide students to ask critical questions about the use of technology and its impact? Deadline: March 1, 2009.
Young Adult Literature
May 2010. The field of young adult literature has thrived in the past years, resulting in a plethora of wonderful books for young adolescents. We now have a robust collection of books that traverse all genres, including realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. Even graphic novels have recently sparked the reading interests of young adolescents. Our students can find themselves in these books as well as come to understand other perspectives about issues that are common to all. What role does young adult literature play in your classroom? How do you motivate resistant readers to engage in reading? What have you noticed about how your students respond to particular young adult books? Which books do your students love best? Deadline: May 1, 2009.
September 2010. The world is shrinking as globalization brings us closer to people around the world. We want to widen the focus of this call to include the following: What kinds of literacy projects are happening in countries around the world? What aspects of literacy are currently drawing attention in your country? What can we learn from your best literacy practices? How do literacy practices compare across different countries?
We also invite articles from American teachers and researchers that address the following questions: What literacy projects have you and your students engaged in that involve other countries? How has current technology opened the door to international literacy practices? What projects have your students been involved in that support the literacy development of students in underdeveloped countries? Are you involved in other international literacy practices, projects, initiatives, and issues that would be of interest to VM readers? Deadline: September 1, 2009.
Talking about Talk
December 2010. As educators of young adolescents, we understand the importance of the social nature of literacy and the role of talk in the classroom. In recent years, our understanding of talk has deepened, and we have worked consciously to provide our students with opportunities to share their ideas with others. As students explore new ideas, participation in discussion enriches, deepens, and expands their understandings. What do students talk about in your classroom? What does talk look like and sound like? How does observing and reflecting on this talk inform your teaching? How do you facilitate rich and meaningful talk? How do you invite all students into the conversation? How does talk inform student learning in the classroom? Deadline: December 1, 2009.