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What the Tech is Going On? (Saturday, April 19th!) Google Docs & Rap Genius

Join us for What the Tech is Going On?,

a unique technology series for K12 teachers hosted by the 

Bay Area Writing Project in partnership with UC Berkeley.

All sessions will focus on deepening writing instruction through the use of technology in order to meet the Common Core writing standards.

Where and When

This event will take place in rooms 2319 and 2326 in Tolman Hall on the UC Berkeley campus from 8:45 to 12:00 on April 19.



8:45                     Registration

9:00 to 10:30       Session A

10:30 to 12:00     Session B

Please register at www.regonline.com/whatthetechisgoingon



Session A:  Google Docs

9:00 to 10:30


Google Docs is here to stay! What is google doc? Why should I or my students use google doc? What are the benefits? These questions and many more will be answered in this introductory workshop on google docs. In this workshop you will have the chance to explore and learn about the components that make up google docs, by using it. You will be writing, peer editing, sharing your work and more.

Marna Blanchard teaches 8th grade Humanities and a media class at Francisco Middle School in San Francisco. In addition, she also teaches at the Young Writers Camp for digital storytelling here in the Bay Area, as well as similar workshops in Seoul, Korea and recently in Singapore. Marna is a frequent contributor to the Digital Paper, an online publication featuring the work of teacher writers.



Session B: Rap Genius

10:30 to 12:00


This hands-on workshop will introduce teachers to the online collaborative text annotation platform, Rap Genius. Initially developed for fans of hip hop music to annotate lyrics and debate meanings of their favorite songs, Rap Genius has moved into classrooms over the past several years, rapidly becoming a tool for teachers to engage students with different texts and “flip” classrooms. With the ability to annotate with text, images, and video, Rap Genius helps encourage the ‘close reading’ of texts we want to students to practice. In addition to learning how to navigate Rap Genius’ multimodal platform, teachers will also have the opportunity to join a growing network of innovative educators around the world.

Exequiel “Rex” Ganding is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program in UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. He is interested in issues at the intersection of Composition and Literacy studies, specifically examining the challenges and potential that digital culture poses to writing pedagogy. For the past five years, Rex has also served as a College Composition instructor at various institutions in the Bay Area, teaching courses from below-transfer level to second-year composition.

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