Presentations

Forthcoming

In 2012 I am planning /hoping to speak at the following conferences:

Thomas, A. (2012/invited speaker). Digital Fiction. Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE) conference. Hobart. April 27 – 28, 2012.

Thomas, A. (2012/invited speaker). Creativity and innovation in children’s digital narratives. Multimodal Authoring conference. ACTF, Melbourne. May, 2012.

Thomas, A. (2012/abstract submitted). Remediating English Pedagogy: Nurturing immersive, complex and creative literary experiences for students in contemporary times. Remediating the Social. Edinburgh, Scotland. November 1-3. (Yet to be confirmed)

Past

Thomas, A. (2011). Digital Fiction and Multimodal Authoring in the English Classroom. Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) conference. Melbourne.

Thomas, A. (2011). Points of Difference: Humour, Pathos and Irony in Children’s Multimodal Texts. Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics (ASFLA) Conference. Armidale, UNE.

Thomas, A. (2011). Using Virtual Worlds to Enhance Teaching. Dublin City University Seminar. Dublin, Ireland.

Thomas, A. (2010). Children’s Writing Goes 3D: A case of one school’s journey into multimodal authoring. For: Fifth International Conference on Multimodality (5ICOM). Sydney, Australia.

Thomas, A. (2010). Children’s Multimodal Authoring. For: Education Research Seminars 2010. University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania.

Thomas, A. (2010). Virtual Worlds: Are we there yet? For: Southern Worlds conference. Hobart, Tasmania.

Thomas, A. (2010). Virtual Macbeth. For: Game On 2.0 Lecture Series. Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania.

Thomas, A. (2010). Digital Literacy: The state of play. For: NMC Summer conference 2010. Los Angeles, USA.

Thomas, A. (2009). Inside the mind of Macbeth: Understanding and interpreting literary worlds in a virtual environment. 45th UKLA International Conference. Greenwich, UK. July, 2009.

Thomas, A. (2007). ‘Don’t hate me because my avatar is beautiful’: Discourses of Femininity and the Body in Second Life. Discourses and Cultural Practices Conference. UTS, Sydney, December, 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). The Transforming Potential of New Technologies in Middle Years Literacy. For: Middle Years Literacy Project Symposium. Melbourne, November 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Play and Identity in Digital Spaces. For: Go Virtual! Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds for VET. NSW LearnScope 2007. Second Life/Wollongong, September 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Digital Fiction. For: Futures Directions in Literacy Conference. Sydney, September 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Creative Identity Play. For: NMC Creativity in Second Life Symposium. Second Life, August 2007.

Thomas, A. and Flintoff, K. (2007). Creative Pedagogy. For: NMC Creativity in Second Life Symposium. Second Life, August 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Second Life Education Panel Participant. For: NMC Creativity in Second Life Symposium. Second Life, August 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Second Life Panel Discussant: “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Classroom For Sure: Serious(ly Fun) Living and Learning in the Virtual World of Second Life”. For: ECAR 2007 Summer Symposium, Boulder, Colorado. June 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Pleasure, Play, Participation and Promise: Socio-emotional dimensions of digital culture which are transforming the shape of new media literacies. For: NMC Spring Conference. Indianapolis. June, 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Machinima as Multimodal Digital Storytelling. For: Language in Education Seminar Series. Sydney. April, 2007.

Thomas, A. (2007). Evocative Spaces and Aesthetic Grabs: How youtube and video blogging are redefining self expression. For: NMC Online Conference on the Convergence of Web Culture and Video. Online. March, 2007.

Kinzer, C. and Thomas, A. (2007). Embodiment in Virtual Environments: Exploring Literacies, Identity, Research, and Community. For: National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research Conference. Tennessee/Online. February, 2007.

Thomas, A. (2006). The Avatar as Communication. For: New Media Consortium’s Impact of Digital Media Symposium. Online. October, 2006.

Thomas, A. (2006). The Machinima Explosion and its Transforming Potential for Innovation in Literacy Education with Frontier Technologies. For: Australian Systemic Linguistics Conference. Armidale. September, 2006.

Thomas, A. (2005). Blurring and Breaking through the Boundaries of Narrative, Literacy and Identity in Adolescent FanFiction. For: National Reading Conference. Miami. December, 2005.

Thomas, A. (2005). Collaborative Online Fan Fiction. For: International Systemic Functional Congress 2005 (ISFC) Conference. Sydney. July, 2005.

Thomas, A. (2005). Positioning the Reader: The affordances of digital fiction. For: Reading the Past, Writing the Future. Brisbane, Queensland Council for Adult Literacy Inc. pp.24-33

Thomas, A. (2005). Blog Fiction and the Narrative Identities of Adolescent Girls. For: Blogtalk Downunder Conference. Sydney. May, 2005.

Thomas, A. (2004). E-Selves: Understanding children’s online identity construction. For: Systemic Functional Grammar Seminar Series. Sydney, 2004.

Thomas, A. (2004). ‘Middle Earth Meets the Matrix’. Paper presented at Quality Learning Conference. University of Sydney. Sydney, 2004.

Thomas, A., and Unsworth, L. (2002). ‘ELLIE (Electronic Literacture and Literacies in International Education): e-volving forms of e-literature for children and online literacy practices’, paper presented at an International symposium: Symposium on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Contexts., University of Waikato, New Zealand, December 2002.

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