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O'Brien delivers keynote address

David O'BrienDavid O'Brien, professor of literacy education (in the department of Curriculum and Instruction), presented the Keynote address at the International Reading Association's Technology in Literacy Special Interest Group meeting, May 9, 2011, in Orlando, FL. The talk, "Bridging Traditional and Digital Literacies: From Apprehension to Affordances," was based on a synthesis of O'Brien's research over the last 15 years focusing on the literacy engagement of adolescents, bridging traditional print literacy practices with digital literacies using media and multimodal texts.

Professor O'Brien was also the 2010 recipient of the Computers in Reading Research Award from IRA's Technology in Literacy Special Interest Group.

The International Reading Association is a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy since 1956. More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Members promote high levels of literacy for all by:

  • Improving the quality of reading instruction
  • Disseminating research and information about reading
  • Encouraging the lifetime reading habit

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