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Thursday, June 8 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Using Technology to Support Community Inquiry LIMITED

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What happens when teachers position students as researchers of their own lives and communities? What do students stand to learn when they investigate their local communities, and what is the role of technology in facilitating this work? Starting with these questions, this session will examine a community mapping project in which the presenters, all of whom are teachers, used ArcGIS software to explore their students’ home communities and map literacy resources that were available to people in the area. The presenters then used the software to consider how access to literacy resources intersects with race and class. After describing their experiences with the mapping project, each of the presenters will describe an additional community inquiry project they have designed and undertaken with secondary students. In doing so, they will discuss the role technology played in supporting these projects, and in allowing students to represent the knowledge and understandings they acquired as a result of conducting community inquiry. To conclude the session, the presenters will work with attendees to identify social issues that are relevant to their communities, and to frame community inquiry that addresses those issues.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Connors

Sean Connors

Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
Sean Connors is an associate professor of English education at the University of Arkansas. Prior to attending graduate school, he taught high school English in Flagstaff, Arizona. His scholarship and teaching focuses on new literacies, digital literacy, and the application of diverse critical perspectives to young adult... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Haynes

Rachel Haynes

English Teacher, University of Arkansas
Rachel Haynes is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Arkansas, where she earned her secondary (7-12) English licensure. Although she is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Rachel went to high school in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She moved to Fayet... Read More →
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Samantha Morgan

English Teacher, University of Arkansas
Samantha Morgan is a teacher candidate in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Arkansas. She expects to earn her secondary (7-12) English licensure, along with her Master of Arts in Teaching degree, in May 2017. Originally from Quitman, Arkansas, Samantha m... Read More →


Thursday June 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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