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Doctor of Education

Female |CHENNAI, India

CO15: Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age

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This webinar is hosted in English

Dr. Ludmila Smirnova will discuss Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age

Dr. Ludmila Smirnova educates educators emphasizing constructivist approaches for learner engagement. Coming to the US in 2000 she embraced digital technology as tools for student involvement in the learning process. A certified SmartBoard trainer, she is a partner at IT4ALL training teachers worldwide in Web 2.0 technologies, including Moodle.

In this session, Dr. Ludmila Smirnova will share sample strategies, resources, and tools for incorporating technology into your classroom. Pre and in-service teachers of any grade level will explore a variety of digital tools they can use to meet the needs of today's learners and the demands of the Common Core State Standards.

The new common core standards emphasize digital literacy, but many teachers are not prepared to comply. The session addresses this gap.

The Common Core State Standards frame uses of media/digital literacies in terms of comprehending and communicating information. Properly implemented, students will learn to evaluate information from oral, visual, and/or multimedia sources. Teachers are expected to implement the common-core standards that emphasize teaching media/digital literacies in ways that make schooling relevant and meaningful and that better prepare students for life and work in the digital age. Thus, exploring the ways of integrating technology in everyday teaching is an important task for all teachers to master.

This session will equip participants with a few digital tools and strategies how to engage all students in learning process and the use of digital tools to improve reading and thinking. After a discussion of how standards influence teaching literacy, an exploration will be made of which standards address the use of digital media and which literacy skills will be developed. Participants will then discover the magic of applicable digital tools (such as Tagxedo, Padlet, CoSketch, PrimaryWall, VoiceThread and Kahoot, among others) that can be used in teaching different content areas.

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Doctor of Education

Dr. Ludmila Smirnova is Associate Professor of Education at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where she has taught for the past 9 years. At the Mount, she offers courses in Curricular Planning, Methods of Teaching and Teaching with Technology and serves as counselor to Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She has become increasingly recognized for her leadership in the application of emerging Internet technologies to education. She has run numerous workshops on the application of Smart Technologies (e.g., SmartBoard) and of Web 2.0 tools to the college and primary/secondary classroom.

Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr. Smirnova was visiting professor at Ramapo College of N.J. for two years. In her native Russia, she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University, where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. During her 25-year Russian career, Dr. Smirnvoa was known for her work in innovative approaches to teaching. She pioneered the reintroduction of Montessori education in southern Russia; a Montessori trainer in both the American and European approaches, she has run seminars and training programs for Montessori teachers in Russia and the U.S. Also in Russia, she played a key role in creating a model Ecological Gymnasium and other experimental “charter schools.” With her Ph.D. and Masters students, she additionally undertook a major program of comparative study on successful educational innovation; an interest that has continued after her move to the U.S.

Beyond the seventy books and other publications based upon her work in Russia, Dr. Smirnova has written for and presented to a growing list of professional audiences in the U.S. and abroad. She recently traveled to Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain conducting workshops and presenting at the conferences on the topics of innovative teaching with technology. She is a partner, co-designer and facilitator at Integrating Technology For Active Life-learning (IT4ALL), non-profit organization that provides professional development opportunities for educators around the world. She designed and moderated Moodle for teachers workshops at different levels: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

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