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The Transformative Power of Digital Reading

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

The Transformative Power of Digital Reading

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Jane Lofton, Teacher Librarian “In the Wild”

Sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources

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Emerging technologies are changing how we read. Digital reading can encompass more than just screen reading. The edtech industry provides us with a plethora of learning tools to promote literacy and transform reading experiences. In this edWebinar, the presenters challenge participants to see beyond substituting print with PDF text and open doors to engaging interactive reading adventures for learners of all abilities and ages.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to grades 6-12 educators across subject areas. 


Michelle LuhtalaAbout the Presenters

Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow Michelle on Twitter @mluhtala.


Jane LoftonJane Lofton, Teacher Librarian “In the Wild,” served as a high school and middle school teacher librarian, before retiring in 2016. She has also served as a part-time instructor in the Rutgers University SC&I pre-service librarian program. She continues to advocate for strong school libraries and support the school library community. Jane is a Google for Education Innovator; a California School Library Association Past President, Honorary Member, and website co-master; and past chair of several AASL committees. She is an enthusiastic lifelong learner, reader, swimmer, traveler, and, most of all, a new grandmother.


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mackin educational resourcesMackin is one of the top providers of library and classroom materials for grades PK-12. Working with over 18,000 publishers and a database of nearly 3 million printed titles, and more than 1.9 million digital titles, Mackin supplies print books, eBooks, online educational databases, audiobooks and video resources to schools around the globe.



Wednesday, March 25, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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