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The Future ELA Classroom Is Here: Using Generative AI to Improve Writing Practice, Feedback, and Revision

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dr. Troy Hicks, Professor & Chair of the English Language & Literature Department, Central Michigan University (CMU); and Andy Schoenborn, High School English Teacher, Michigan Reading Association President & Award-Winning Author, Clare Public Schools (MI)

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Developing robust writing skills is key to the future success of our students. Over 90% of jobs require proficient writing, but only 27% of students are proficient writers. The research shows that timely, targeted feedback on regular writing practice drives revision, and that revision is the key to writing growth. Yet, educators know that it isn’t that simple. There have never been enough hours in the day for you to create engaging assignments designed for daily writing and to give every student thoughtful, targeted feedback as they write.

It is in this context that we now find ourselves in a new era, as the future is here with the rise of generative AI. With an intentional approach, AI can help students achieve more writing practice and growth this year. In this edWebinar, Dr. Troy Hicks and Andrew Schoenborn provide strategies for using generative AI tools that can increase your impact as a teacher and be integrated into instructional moves. They also show you how to:

  • Create engaging assignments in minutes that are aligned with any resource, standard, or goal
  • Spark student creativity using student-safe AI tools
  • Access AI-suggested comments and scores on any assignment without setup
  • Scale the impact of your teaching and reach every student in the moment
  • Protect authentic learning moments in your classroom with AI-writing-detection tools
  • Increase your confidence and knowledge about AI tools and resources

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, instructional coaches, and those involved with curriculum and assessment.

Troy Hicks

About the Presenters

Dr. Troy Hicks is Professor of English and Education and newly appointed Chair of the English Language & Literature Department at Central Michigan University (CMU). He directs the Chippewa River Writing Project and teaches primarily in the Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology as well as the Doctorate in Educational Technology programs. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Since beginning work at CMU in 2007, he has earned numerous distinctions including the Michigan Council of Teachers of English Charles Carpenter Fries Award (2008), CMU’s Provost’s Award for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement in research and creative activity (2011), the Richard A. Meade Award for Scholarship in English Education (2014), the Michigan Reading Association’s Teacher Educator Award (2018), CMU’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), and the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research’s Divergent Award for Excellence (2020). An ISTE Certified Educator, Dr. Hicks has authored numerous books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age.

Andrew Schoenborn

Andy Schoenborn is a high school English teacher and award-winning author in Michigan at Clare Public Schools. He focuses his work on student-centered critical thinking, digital collaboration, and multimedia means. In 2013, he was honored with MCTE’s Ray Lawson Excellence in Teaching Award “for faithful service, inspirational qualities, and distinguished leadership”; in 2014 he received the Great Lakes Bay Region RUBY Award, Recognizing the Upward, Bright, and Young; in 2017 he received the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s ISE Award, Inspiration, Support, and Encouragement; and in 2019 he was honored with the NCTE Linda Rief Award for “outstanding publication in a peer-reviewed journal.” As a past-president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English and National Writing Project teacher consultant for Central Michigan University’s Chippewa River Writing Project, he frequently conducts workshops related to literacy and technology.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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