Last November it was Teach-IT for technology,

this year it's Hands On for literacy!

A day of professional development
for people working in education or libraries in professional or para-professional capacities
organized by the International Schools of Singapore -- Library Network (ISS-LN)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

at the Australian International School of Singapore

Cost: S$100 per person

Online registration closes November 7th!

Go to the Hands On Literacy wiki to register.

Questions? Email handsonliteracy@gmail.com

"Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies."
-- Toward a Definition of 21st-Century Literacies (National Council of Teachers of English, USA)

"All teachers are teachers of literacy. The challenge we face is how to make that live in all classrooms.-- Literate Futures Project (Queensland, Australia)

"What are the new literacies? Why are the new literacies so important to student learning?"-- Professor Allan Luke in his webcast on The New Literacies

Our conference will explore these issues in both practice and theory, for all levels of international schools, from early years to young adults.

Workshops will be offered on a range of topics related to all forms of literacy, whether visual, digital, information, critical, mathematical, historical, scientific, political, media, cultural, spatial, social, ethical, or the traditional textual.

Here is a general brochure to download -- a PDF of an A3 poster:

revised2 hands on literacy poster(2).pdf

(uploaded 31Aug08)

Special Guests

Marjorie Kirkland -- incoming National President of the Children's Book Council of Australia, 2009-2010 -- will present a short keynote address exploring the importance of reading with a focus on bridging "the gap of understanding" within texts and in the world.

Kerrie Smith -- Assistant Manager of EDNA (Educational Network of Australia) -- will be offering workshops linked to her work in Professional Learning and Online Communities. See Kerrie's blogs: You are Never Alone: communicate and collaborate in an online world and Smik's Learning Space .

Kirpal Singh -- poet, literary and cultural critic, and Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at Singapore Management University -- will offer workshops on the importance of reading local literature.