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Thursday, November 3 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Engaging The Shy & Reluctant Learner

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How do we engage those students who suffer extreme shyness or social anxiety disorders? Not every student is a "hand raiser.” Imagine you're a student that knows the answers, but the idea of raising your hand fills you with panic? 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help. The typical age of onset is 13 years old. As a teacher in an alternative education program, I quickly realized that I had students that understood the course material, they we’re just unable to express that they “got it.” I quickly learned that technology could give these students a voice in my classroom.

Technology can be a powerful tool for alleviating social fears a student may have. Avatar application such as Morfo or iFunFace allow students to interact with course material in exciting new ways. When combined with green screening apps and other recording feature, students that typically avoid work will show and increased level of engagement. Apps that change a students voice allows them to participate in discussions with a level of anonymity that makes them more comfortable. Tools such as TodaysMeet & Kahoot allow students to share information without the anxiety that may come with public speaking.

For example, a student will extreme social anxiety disorder was asked to do a short presentation on an element in her chemistry class. The idea of speaking in front of her peers and teachers had reduced her to tears. After working with her teacher on a solution, this was the final product:


In the past, Courtney would have received an “F.” By combining Tellagami, iMovie, and Keynote, Courtney was able to complete her project.

This session will show student created projects along with explanations on how they were created. Attendees will leave with innovative ideas and tools that they can apply in their classrooms immediately.

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Lawrence Reiff

English Language Arts Teacher, Roslyn Public Schools
Lawrence Reiff is an English Language Arts teacher at Roslyn High School in Roslyn, New York. He earned his Master’s Degree in Adolescent English Education from Long Island University in 2006. In 2007, he completed the Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Teaching Shakespeare Institute” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 2011, Lawrence was named an Apple Distinguished Educator for his work with iPads and other technologies in the classroom. In... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am

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