Novel Ideas: A LitWorld VoiceThread Unconference



Are you an educator in the New York City area?

Do you work to improve literacy in schools?

If you answered yes to both questions, then we want you to join us for Novel Ideas: A LitWorld VoiceThread Unconference.

(What is an “unconference“?)

This unconference is for educators who work at the intersection of literacy and technology. At VoiceThread, we believe in conversations, not presentations, and the unconference model embodies that belief. At Novel Ideas, educators will work together to discuss different perspectives on teaching and assessing literacy in the year 2015 and beyond. 


VoiceThread is partnering with LitWorld, the global literacy non-profit, to bring you this event. The goal is to make connections and share innovative ideas about how to improve reading and writing instruction in our blended, hybrid, or online courses.

If you’ve ever been to an EdCamp or any other unconference, you know that the topics of conversation will be designed by you, the participants. Pre-conference planning for Novel Ideas with take place virtually using our planning VoiceThread to pitch ideas and discuss potential topics of conversation.

On the day of the conference, we will hit the ground running. The beautiful living room and loft area in the Flatiron Hotel will comfortably accommodate 75 participants as we huddle up for our breakout conversations.



This event is also part of the build up to World Read Aloud Day, LitWorld’s special global event advocating for reading as a human right.

We encourage all participants to contribute to our Read Aloud VoiceThread Collection in the weeks leading up to Novel Ideas and World Read Aloud Day.

Space at Novel Ideas limited, so if you sign up but can not attend please let us know so we can give your spot to someone on our waiting list.


February 28th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Toshi’s Living Room in The Flatiron Hotel

1141 Broadway, New York, NY 10001




9:00-9:30:  Coffee, opening remarks and scheduling

9:30-9:45:   Pam Allyn, founding Director of LitWorld

**9:45-10:30: **Session 1 block

10:35-11:20:   Session 2 block

11:25-12:10:   Session 3 block

12:15-12:55:   Lunch

1:00-1:45:   Session 4 block

1:50-2:00: Closing remarks