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Celebrate Teaching With in Chicago

Jane Brown Posted by Jane Brown in Reading & Language Arts on Mar 6, 2012 12:28:23 PM

The theme of this year’s IRA Annual Convention is “Celebrating Teaching,” which is a fitting tribute to the literacy professionals around the world who contribute to their students’ literacy achievements. and Verizon Thinkfinity are taking part in the celebration at the Annual Convention with a focus on technology in learning! Here are five reasons you need to join us in Chicago, April 29 through May 2, 2012:


  1. Gather solid educational ideas that you can take back to your school.
  2. Be inspired by renowned speakers and dynamic educators.
  3. Connect with your peers from across the globe.
  4. Be a part of the conversation on the future for reading professionals.
  5. Come celebrate teaching and your profession.



Ready to celebrate? Register now at


Our Sessions

ReadWriteThink is hosting two educational sessions this year that focus on the power of technology in the elementary classroom and how it can be woven into all aspects of the school day. You’ll learn countless ways to engage students and increase their motivation to learn. If you’re looking for practical, classroom-ready ideas to use right away with your students, these sessions should be on your itinerary. Presents: Engaging Learners With “Games” in the Elementary Classroom

Monday, April 30, 2012
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.


The use of technology in the classroom is ever-growing. Have you harnessed the motivational power of technology—or hidden from it? houses dozens of online, research-based interactive tools to help develop 21st-century learners. How can you engage your students with “games” and new technologies? How can you reach struggling learners with interactive tools? How can you inspire a schoolwide effort to embrace new technology? Karen Pelekis, a classroom teacher; Emily Manning, an interventionist; and Katrina Allen, a technology facilitator, will show you how in this session.





A Day With Incorporating Tools Across the Curriculum
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3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

You may be familiar with the amazing resources on, but how can you use these resources beyond your language arts lessons? Discover tips from Lisa Storm Fink, a former teacher and current project manager of, about how to use the site in your K–6 classroom throughout the entire school day.


Scavenger Hunt

Keep an eye out for ReadWriteThink posters around the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Each poster will have a QR code (and corresponding URL) where you can find a code word. Hunt throughout the convention center for all of the QR codes and collect the code words. Not only will you have a chance to meet the people behind but you’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!



Enjoy a Cup of Joe

The IRA Convention is always very busy. If you feel your energy waning, it’s a good time to stop by the Verizon Thinkfinity booth located in the Technology Pavilion of the exhibit hall. Enjoy a rejuvenating cup of free coffee, and while you’re at the café, learn more about how you can take advantage of the Verizon Thinkfinity Community, a destination for teachers to collaborate, share new ideas, and find new ways to introduce technology into their classrooms.

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IRA Annual Convention is a can’t-miss event for any literacy professional!
For more information and to register, visit


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