Workshop 08

Tuesday, May 5:  3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Workshop Description: Literacy and Technology across the Curriculum with a Graphic Novel

We will present a language arts classroom experience infused with technology and using the graphic novel, The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli. This session will focus on a 7th grade classroom experience in a language arts class at the Skowhegan Area Middle School. Although this lesson is literature based, we will provide an overview of how to use the graphic novel in geography, science and art. The TCPK and SAMR models of technology integration will be clearly demonstrated throughout these lessons. A webquest was written that integrates literacy strategies, Noteshare Notebooks, Studywiz and Podcasting. How students took ownership for their own learning through this unit will also be shared. Students collaborated in groups of four while they learned new vocabulary, conducted research (used an online website evaluation critera form), selected roles, and created an old time radio show as a culminating event. It is located at

Workshop Presenters: Laura Richter and Katie Yando

Laura Richter is a middle school educator at the Skowhegan Area Middle School (MSAD#54), where she has taught for the past 25 years. Formerly a social studies teacher, Laura currently is a Technology Integrationist assisting teachers and students with the MLTI laptops. She also has been actively involved with students as the Civil Rights team leader. She currently helps train both middle and high school teachers across the state as they learn to integrate technology into their curriculum. In 2000 she received the Maine Public Broadcasting teacher of the year award, in June 2003 the Apple Distinguished Educator Award, and 2008 a finalist for the ACTEM technology leadership award. Laura has authored educational materials for a number of sources including Maine Public Broadcasting, the award winning film, There Ought to be a Law, and the graphic novel, The Undersea Adventures of Cap’n Eli. Katie Yando received her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and has been teaching a total of thirty-eight years in Michigan and Maine. Currently serving on the literacy team and in the language arts department,  Katie is continuously working on strategies to address the needs of today’s students. She lives with her dog, Hannah, in Pittsfield, Maine.

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