By @SimonCocking

When is it on? 

The d Hotel, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 9am-1.30pm, September 26th.

How many years has it been going? 

This is the final conference for a two year project.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Based on PISA’s survey an estimated 20% of adults lack the literacy skills they need to function fully in a modern society. An estimated 73 million European adults lack qualifications above upper secondary school level, many because their poor literacy which makes educational progress impossible. The next generation of adults is on course to do no better. The latest results from PISA, the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment, show that one in five EU 15-year-olds had poor reading skills. The EU has made almost no progress over the past decade in reducing this percentage. Even as literacy becomes more necessary, reading levels have stagnated. The LiRe2.0 is expected to address low achievement in basic skills through more effective teaching methods and develop basic and transversal skills by using innovative methods.

What exciting things can people look forward to? 

The final conference aims to disseminate the project and to highlight best practices and Web 2.0 Tools. These resources can be used by educators to promote reading through the use of ICT in a practical and transferable way among young people and adults. One of the most important outputs of the LiRe 2.0 project is the LiRe 2.0 Toolkit. The Toolkit is composed of the following sections and will be discussed, presented and demonstrated during the conference:

  • Introduction to Effective Reading Promotion to Children, Teenagers, and Adults.
  • Guidelines for Successful Reading Promotion through the use of ICT.
  • Review of Digital Tools that may Support Reading Promotion.
  • Ideas, Actions, and Activities for Incorporating ICT in Reading Promotion.
  • Resources for Reading Promotion through ICT.

The conference will also include presentations from project partners throughout Europe as well as guest speaker Stephen Howell. Stephen Howell is the Academic Program Manager for Microsoft Ireland since 2013. In this role he engages lecturers and students of all disciplines and levels with tech talks and curriculum advice. He organises seminars, presents at academic and industry events and has keynoted several conferences on tech education topics. Stephen is an advocate of Inclusive Design and Digital Transformation both in and outside the classroom. He is a graduate of DCU and a PhD candidate in SMARTLab, UCD on Computational Thinking education with kinaesthetic learning.

What opportunities are on offer for people attending? 

The conference is an excellent opportunity for educators to gain awareness and experience of the wide variety of best practice resources and Web 2.0 Tools available within the LiRe 2.0 Tookit and how these can be used in reading promotion and creating Lifelong Readers.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Participants are welcome to bring a laptop or electronic device to view and use particular Web2.0 Tools that will be demonstrated on the day- however, it is not a requirement.

How can people book tickets? 

Tickets available online through Eventbrite

Anything else you’d like to add? 

All people working in areas and sectors of education, technology and literacy are welcome to attend. Please view the project website and Facebook page for more details.

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