SESSION DESCRIPTION: Combining technology with “learning through the arts “research and strategies for engagement can transform the 21st century classroom by making learning an interactive and aesthetic experience that uses critical and creative thinking skills to develop the intellectual character of students. Participants will explore the integration of the visual arts through technology and learn how to make their classroom relevant and engaging for today’s culturally diverse visual learners.
PRESENTER BIO: Dr. Cramer teaches in the MEd and Med plus Teacher Certification program. She is dedicated to helping prepare future professional educators. Dr. Cramer specializes in teaching and learning through the arts. Her recent chapter “Supporting Literacy through the Visual and Communicative Arts: Building Momentum in Literacy for 21stCentury Digital Learners” was published in Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, 6-12. Brookes Publishing, 2014. She was awarded The Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching and the award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.
Dr. Neva V Cramer specializes in learning/teaching through the arts. With a background in the performing arts, Neva has combined her interests and studies to promote literacy through local, regional, and statewide school seminars and workshops, through presentations for the International Literacy Association, the National Council Of Teacher Educators, , Texas Association of Literacy Educators, Texas ASCD, national Association of Supervision and Curriculum, CSOTTE, the College Board, and other organizations. She spent five years at Louisiana State University as an instructor for teacher training classes and university supervisor of student teachers. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional educator in the areas of theatre, speech, secondary English, reading and language arts. She is currently an associate professor and the Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education at Schreiner University