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Changing the Language: Using Social Media & Popular Culture to Teach Traditional Literacy Skills

What is “Changing the Language”?

“Changing the Language” now available as a peer-reviewed article: TALE Yearbook, Vol. 5, Fall 2018

We are in a time period in which technology evolves so fast, that we feel as if we will never catch up.  This definitely is an everlasting debate as it relates to education.  If you are visiting this post, chances are you have attended one my sessions over the need to “change the language” in order to reach our students in the classroom as it relates to literacy.

During the session, the following points were made to help teacher educators find a way to connect, engage, and learn the needs of their students by getting on their level, and taking a new approach to teaching traditional literacy skills.  See below for details of the session, the slide presentation, and additional resources related to the presentation.


This session has been presented at:

Look for additional presentations of this session in the upcoming months. “Changing the Language” is currently an article titled, “Changing the Language: Using Social Media & Popular Culture to Teach Traditional Literacy Skills”.   It is my hope to eventually turn the contents into a book for educators.


Slide Presentation (General Session)

Additional Resources

Dr. Childs’  Changing the Language Pinterest Board

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media (Article)

Differentiation With Social Media Tools Chart w/Real Time Updates by John McCarthy (Over 100 Resources)

60+ Social Networking Sites You Need to Know About in 2018

9 Tips for Engaging Your English Class with Pop Culture: https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/pop-culture/

29 Days to L.O.V.E. Literacy (Book/ebook) by Dr. K. Childs

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2 Responses to "Changing the Language: Using Social Media & Popular Culture to Teach Traditional Literacy Skills"

  • Hawaii Conference: P.E.E.P.S and Changing the Language - Dr. K. Childs
    November 26, 2018 - 2:41 PM

    […] Changing the Language is a session that I have shared at several conferences before, but this particular workshop will be longer than a traditional 50-60 minute concurrent session, and take a more extensive look at a review of literature on best practices for teaching literacy skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, visual), and work collaboratively with the audience to challenge, explore, and engage in new conversations that can be used to transform the academic language that they use in their classroom as it relates to literacy.  Read the abstract for this presentation here:  Changing the Language Abstract […]

  • Reflections from TALE 2018 - Dr. K. Childs
    March 1, 2018 - 1:15 PM

    […] On February 23-24, 2018, I had the pleasure of being in the Texas Panhandle to attend the Annual TALE (Texas Association for Literacy Education) Conference.  The conference took place at West Texas A & M University in Canyon, Texas.  I attended the conference representing TALE as a Board Member, and I was also able to present one of my most successful literacy sessions yet titled, “Changing the Language“.   […]

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