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Harness TikTok, YouTube, and Video Games as Powerful Vehicles for Summer Learning

Monday, May 22, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Julia Rivard Dexter, CEO, Shoelace Learning; and Lauren Lutz-Coleman, Director of Education, Shoelace Learning

Sponsored by Shoelace Learning

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TikTok, YouTube, and video games that are typically thought of as strictly “fun” can unlock incredible learning value when we approach them the right way. Traditional summer reading lists have proven to be an uphill battle for many educators and parents. Kids have developed a very high bar for the kinds of content that they find engaging. TikTok, YouTube, and video games are designed to grab (and hold) children’s attention, and managing screen time is at the forefront for many parents.

In this edWebinar, the presenters share how educators can teach parents to leverage these captivating channels that kids already love to further comprehension development in a way that comes naturally. Educators leave with tangible resources chock-full of innovative strategies including curated media options across these channels, sample questions to initiate comprehension discussions at home, and an upbeat, energized approach to what summer learning can look like.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to elementary and middle school teachers.

Julia Rivard DexterAbout the Presenters

Julia Rivard Dexter, CEO and Founder of Shoelace Learning, is an Olympic athlete, mother of four, and founder of a company that became Google Apps’ first North American Premier Partner for Enterprise clients. It was her personal experience with her own son’s reading difficulties that inspired her to create Shoelace Learning, with a mission to help all children reach their full potential. Julia and the team at Shoelace Learning have built a world-class education platform that connects popular video games to personalized learning, with a focus on reading comprehension skills.

Lauren Lutz-ColemanLauren Lutz-Coleman is the Director of Education at Shoelace Learning. A former teacher, she spent more than ten years in U.S. classrooms. She now oversees content development strategy, bringing together her interests in both literacy development and educational technology. For an avid reader like her, there’s no better work than helping others learn to unpack good stories.


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Shoelace LearningShoelace has built a world class library and learning engine to personalize learning for every student delivered through video games they love. We not only teach mastery of vital comprehension skills, we also ensure each learner sees themselves in their learning (mirrors) and that they are presented with multiple other perspectives (windows), enabling them to build the muscle of critical thinking. For teachers, Shoelace has designed tools to track learning, identify challenges and present assignments. Shoelace teachers are the heroes in their classrooms.


Monday, May 22, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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