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Wednesday, July 15 • 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Prism: Crowd Sourcing Interpretation to Build Close Reading Skills

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Prism is an open source, intuitive, and multi-functional digital literacy tool that can transform the way teachers approach close reading with their students while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation," whereby students provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to a combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned learning experiences. This session will demonstrate a variety of ways to use Prism including as a tool for rich formative and summative assessments. Come learn how to use Prism in the classroom as a basis for rich student-led discussions and to solidify close reading skills at all levels.

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Laura Robertson

Humanities Department Chair, St. Anne's-Belfield School
Laura Robertson is the Humanities Department Chair at St. Anne's-Belfield School where she also team teaches American Studies and acts as an advisor. Prior to taking on her current role, she served as the director of the English as a Second Language program for over a decade. In addition to her work at St. Anne's-Belfield, she has also collaborated with educators Peter Gow and Chris Thinnes in the creation of #PubPriBridge (www.pubpribridge.net... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza