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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2007

Ohler to give 'Digital Kids' presentation

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JUNEAU - In connection with the state Alaskans For Language Acquisition conference, "Languages in a Digital World," the University of Alaska Southeast is sponsoring a free community presentation, "Digital Kids, Digital Storytelling and the Future of Learning," by Dr. Jason Ohler at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the UAS Egan Lecture Hall.

Ohler's presentation is for those who want to understand digital kids better - see how students use technology to do their homework, communicate with the world, improve their literacy skills and above all, keep the ancient practice of storytelling alive and well.

Ohler is a writer, teacher, international speaker and digital humanist, who is president's professor of educational technology at the University of Alaska. Famous Juneau local musician and singer, Teri Tibett, who will perform songs in different languages, will follow Jason his presentation.

The AFLA conference will be Oct. 5-7 in Juneau. The conference is a opportunity for all language educators throughout the state to get together and share their teaching ideas and techniques, listen and learn from nationally and internationally recognized presenters.

Richard and Nora Dauenhauer will do their keynote session, "Endangered Languages in a Digital World," for the conference members on Oct. 6.

The conference will be filled with language specific sessions and sessions talking about technology, like "Hyper Mirror Studio," presented by Dr. Hiroko Harada's team from the University of Alaska Anchorage; "Digital Stories Studio," by Dr. Janna Lelchuk from UAS and Juneau-Douglas High School; "iDVD and iPhoto Studio," by Tam Agosti-Gisler, from Mat-Su; and others.

To participate in three-day AFLA Conference, registration is required through the AFLA Web site at www.afla-alaska.org .Educators and teachers of different languages, including Alaska Native languages, are encouraged to use this rare opportunity and participate. To find out more about this event in Juneau, contact Janna Lelchuk at lelchukj@jsd.k12.ak.us.



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