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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Utilizing digital technology in the classroom

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  • BOYDS MILLS - Fourteen Wyoming Seminary educators from the Lower School and two educators from Moravian Academy became students again at a Highlights Foundation Workshop at the conference center located in Boyds Mills, Wayne County. It was a weekend sabbatical of interactive discussions and sessions on enhancing student education in the age of digital technology.
         The Highlights Foundation hosts workshops aimed at helping children’s educators, authors and illustrators hone their craft and enhance the learning process.  It is a not-for-profit organization and hosts more than three dozen workshops per year.
    ••• Power of picture books
         The workshop, “The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy and Learning with the Eric Carle Museum,” featured special presentations each day.  One of these presentations was hosted by the Dust or Magic Institute, an organization which hosts events to bring together the leading designers of children’s interactive content to learn about children’s literature in the age of the touch screen.  Their workshop titled, “Dust or Magic eBook Retreat: Designing and Critiquing Narrative-Driven Interactive Media for Children 2014,” focused on bringing interactive media into elementary classrooms in the form of apps and eBooks.
       Sara Molitoris, Primary Teacher at Wyoming Seminary, said she has already downloaded several new apps she learned about at the workshop and plans to implement them into her lesson plans. Ms. Molitoris said, “I have always been a fan of children’s picture books and after this weekend at the Highlights Foundation Workshop, I cannot wait to begin a new journey in the classroom with my students.”
         The keynote speakers at the event, Warren Buckleitner, a reviewer in children’s interactive media and founder of the Dust or Magic Institute on the Design of Children’s Interactive Media and the Mediatech Foundation, a non-profit community technology center, and Pat Cummings, author and illustrator, both imparted their insights into the vast process of children’s illustration and publishing.
     
    ••• Dust and magic
    Pam Compter, a third grade teacher at Moravian Academy, has attended numerous educational conferences and workshops during her career and believes the intimacy and small group size of the Highlights Foundation retreat and the Dust or Magic event enabled her to absorb new learning perspectives she has already begun to implement in her class.
        “So often I attend professional development workshops and question what I can put to practical use. As for practical classroom application, I have already begun implementing elements I learned from the Highlights Foundation Dust or Magic retreat and they’re well received by my students,” said Ms. Compter.
    Page 2 of 2 -      The Highlights conference center property is the former home of the founders of Highlights for Children featuring twenty-one cabins, a lodge, and 5,200-square-foot conference center, known as The       Barn at Boyds Mills.
        Highlights for Children Magazine was founded in 1946 by Dr. Garry Cleveland Myers and his wife Caroline Clark Myers in Honesdale, PA.
         The Highlights Foundation offers scholarships to make these educational workshops possible for those who might not be able to afford it. Since 1985, the Highlights Foundation has funded more than 600 writers, illustrators and educators to attend workshops. Scholarship applications can be found on the Highlights Foundation website. Please visit www.highlightsfoundation.org for more information on educational workshops and scholarship opportunities.
           Renowned as a challenging and engaging learning environment, Wyoming Seminary is the oldest coeducational independent college preparatory school in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Lower School in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, is a day school with classes from toddler, eighteen months, through grade eight.
          Moravian Academy is a co-educational, Pre-K through Grade 12, college preparatory school located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Moravian seeks to promote full development in their students through mind, body and spirit.

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