We received applications from over 118 participants for this second EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA. The list below is organized alphabetically by strand.
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Josh Allen - Getting Your iBook Published in the iBookstore
What is more authentic than being your own publisher and getting your literary masterpiece shared with millions of people? With Apple’s iBooks Author software, you can publish your material – short stories, manuals, textbooks, etc. – in the iBookstore. This session will give you some hints for publishing your book the FIRST time it’s submitted to Apple. Learn from my hoop jumping so you can get your books published quickly and easily! This session will also show you some alternatives for sharing your content in a K-12 setting. By the end of the session, you will have the knowledge to lead your district down the path to publishing success!
Kate Burton & Suzanne Edwards - iSTEM Assessment
After successfully incorporating STEM activities in the classroom, how do we know if the students are actually learning the concepts? iTechnologies such as the iPad and iTouch have helped us develop useful means of assessing the students’ progress in our science classrooms. Integrating the idevices into our STEM activities keeps the momentum and the rhythm of the STEM activity moving, while providing the instructor with insightful feedback on the student and on the activity. With candor about the speed bumps we found during initial implementation, with humble pride in what we have accomplished, and with a willingness to share our ideas, we’ll spend the hour outlining how Apple’s iconic products have enhanced our science curriculum by providing us with a purposeful method to assess our students.
Sue Gorman – Student Centered iLessons – Redefining Classroom Instruction for K-12
Come and see examples of student centered iLessons that are engaging and meet the needs of diverse learners. Examples shown will support multiple learning styles as well as higher order thinking skills. Learner-centered instruction is focused on the needs, abilities, and learning styles of individual students. It is personalized, engaging, and rigorous!
Kelsy Grefe - Out of the workbook and into the iPad: Foreign Language in the 21st Century
As world language teachers, our goal is to provide students with opportunities that improve their speaking, reading, listening, writing, and comprehension in the target language. However, we all can attest to the fact that textbooks and workbooks are not the most authentic nor engaging ways to reach these goals with students. If you are looking for new and energizing ideas that improve these key skills and liven up your classroom, look no further than iPad. In this session, we will explore a variety of easy ways to integrate iPad into a 1:1 world language classroom that will get your students excited about learning a new language while getting them out of their seats and away from their workbooks. These strategies can be used for all levels and will inspire you to look differently at how you approach foreign language instruction.
Stephanie Harman - iPads in the 21st Century Classroom: It’s NOT about the Apps!
Are you overwhelmed by the number of educational apps that are available? Do you feel as though you don’t have the time, expertise, or funds to preview and test out hundreds of apps? If so, you are not alone. Fortunately, by asking a very simple question, teachers can transform how they utilize iPads in the classroom. Prepare to be inspired by what can be accomplished when teaching starts with the learning outcomes instead of the apps. Teachers will engage with inspiring examples of how starting with the end goal can lead to increased critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication in any classroom. Additionally, teachers will walk away with a “toolbox” of go-to apps linked to key 21st century skills that can help transform their classrooms into hubs of 21st century learning. This presentation is appropriate for all disciplines and grade levels.
Marsha Harris - Beyond Apps with the iPad in Elementary Education: Assessment, Self Reflection, Creativity and Curriculuar Integration
Experience how teachers and students at Trinity School are using the iPad to enrich all aspects of their classroom experience. You will see how the device can provide you with FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT on your students and how to archive that information. Explore examples of SELF REFLECTION and how to use that in the assessment process. Learn about relevant applications being used for CREATIVITY purposes and CURRICULAR INTEGRATION. Join this session to learn about purposeful examples and see how this school is using technology to it’s full potential.
Chris Harrow – Finally … a REAL math app
This session models an Algebra 2 class in which FluidMath and AirSketch combine to create an environment in which students and teachers explore deep and challenging mathematics with technology. FluidMath reads handwritten math – the way we actually write in a math classroom – while effortlessly creating graphs, adding sliders, and solving equations to help keep users’ attention focused on thinking and mathematics. With these apps running in the background, this session will explore some unexpected properties of quadratic, linear, and exponential functions.
Elisa Heinricher - Enriching the Mathematics Classroom with the iPad and FluidMath
Do you prefer handwriting math but wish your paper or whiteboard could bring your math to life as computations and interactive graphs on the same page? Bancroft School in Worcester, MA is in its second year of a 1:1 iPad program in grades 6–12. While the school had found enriching apps for other subjects, we struggled to find appropriate apps to enrich our mathematics program. Then we found webFluidMath by Fluidity Software. webFluidMath makes discovering math an exciting, interactive experience for students and teachers alike. This powerful web-based application bridges the gap between paper and pencil problem solving and using a graphing calculator or other keyboard based technology. Using handwriting recognition that is accurate with even the most challenging penmanship, students handwrite their equations on the iPad and webFluidMath renders their handwriting to text. A quick swipe of the finger tells webFluidMath to create a graph of the function or solves the equation. Multiple functions can be graphed at the same time. By placing a finger on the graph, coordinates appear, allowing a student to find solutions for systems of equations. Most importantly, using webFluidMath students’ focus stays on the math, not the technology. The entire interface is intuitive to learn so getting a class started with webFluidMath is quick and easy. The colorful interface of the app color-codes each function. This helps students to easily visualize more than one function plotted on the same axes. Sliders can be used to easily vary parameters and see the change in the graph. In addition to graphing, webFluidMath allows students to simplify fractions, solve proportions, solve equations for a variable, and even calculate derivatives and integrals (both indefinite and definite). Because webFluidMath easily handles both explicitly and implicitly defined functions it is appropriate for Pre-algebra through AP Calculus courses.
Anita Orozco Huffman – The Journey to Redefining the Special Education Classroom (Featured Presenter)
Interested in learning how to use iPads in the special education classroom? Then this hands on session is for you! This workshop will be an extension of the Keynote: The Journey to Redefining the Classroom. Participate in a hands-on participant driven investigation to dig deep into some best practices for differentiation in the special education classroom. Topics featured will be iBooks Author, Accessibility Features, Keynote, and Screencasting. Following the workshop, participants will share implications of iPad use in special education. For the best experience, download Keynote for the iPad and install iBooks Author on you Mac. Downloading the programs ahead of time will increase our exploration time.
Lisa Johnson - The 1 iPad Classroom
This session focuses on how elementary teachers can use a single iPad productively in multiple settings such as whole group, pass around, small groups, and stations. Multiple apps (both consumptive and product-based) and app-tivities will be showcased across the curriculum. While the intent is to support teachers with a single iPad and highlight ways to boost student engagement, learning, and productivity, the suggestions and apps shared would be useful to teachers with multiple iPads as well.
Douglas Kiang - The Curated Classroom: Finding and Sharing Great Online Content with iTunesU (Featured Presenter)
How can iTunes U help you to discover and collect great online content? How can you use it to curate and share course materials for your own classroom? Come explore the many ways iTunes U can empower the learners in your classroom, and learn how you can use iTunes U to publish your own online courses.
Douglas Kiang - From Angry Birds to Minecraft: What Games Teach Us About Learning (Featured Presenter)
What makes iPad games addictive? What makes learning fun? What skills do we learn while playing games, and how can we make our learning environments more engaging, fulfilling, and rewarding for our students? Come explore the top five most powerful game dynamics, and learn the secrets of how you can incorporate them into your own classroom.
Douglas Kiang - The iPad Field Trip: Collaboration With iBooks Author (Featured Presenter)
This summer, our high school Art History class used iBooks Author to create an original art history guide that they then put on iPads to take with them to Italy and France. Once they were in Europe, the students used this guide to preview the materials related to the monuments, museums and architecture of each day’s itinerary. They also used the guide to present individual “expert” reports on specific artists, and as a reference for terms and concepts.
In the three weeks leading up to the trip, the students collaborated to research and write original content for the book, and gather images and other multimedia to accompany their writing. Their personal involvement in researching, collaborating and sharing what they had learned through the iBook generated excitement and interest in confronting the artworks in person on the trip. Students also used the iPads to record their impressions and sketches while they were on the trip, and to record audio and video that was later incorporated into the finished book. Traveling around Europe with sixteen iPads does have its own challenges, which we will discuss.
In this workshop, you will discover a framework for structuring student work prior to a field trip, and learn our tips for creating a collaborative field trip guide rich with multimedia and personal observations. We will also talk about the technical side of authoring in iBooks Author, and provide some tips for combining student work into one volume and distributing it to multiple iPads. These tips and suggestions will help teachers who want to make more out of field trips by involving kids in actively researching, constructing, and sharing.
Smita Kolhatkar & Carolyn Tuomy – Bring on the Bling + Creative Apps = Excitement! Use the iPad as a creative tool, not just a consumption tool, keeping your students excited, motivated and engaged.
“Have me watch a video, I forget; ask me do an online interactive, I remember; let me produce and create, I learn” – Benjamin Franklin.
Adapting from Ben Franklin’s quote to today’s educational environment: “Have me play an iPad game, I forget; ask me to do an online activity, I remember; let me create, I LEARN!”
Taking inspiration from the above, the focus of this presentation is taking the implementation of the iPad in the classroom to the next level within Bloom’s Taxonomy. iPads have arrived in our classrooms! How will teachers integrate this fabulous tool so students learn and create on it? Whether you have one iPad or a 1:1 ratio for all students, there are apps that can help students stay engaged and learn, as well as to help teachers teach more effectively and give students opportunities to be creative. In our presentation, we will show samples of student and teacher work from across the curriculum using apps such as DoodleCast Pro, ShowMe, Educreations, Sonic Pics, iMovie, and more. Teachers will learn about great, easy, fun, creative apps that they can implement right away in the classroom! The power is not in the apps themselves, but in how teachers and students use the apps!
Greg Kulowiec – iPad Collaboration (Featured Presenter)
Increasingly there are opportunities for students to work collaboratively on projects usings iPads. From collaborative writing, to screencasting and eBook creation, students have the ability to create, collaborate and publish their work from the iPad. The session will explore multiple ways to collaborate using iPads and will explore the future of iPad collaboration.
Autumn Laidler – The Journey to Redefining the Science Classroom (Featured Presenter)
This session will be an exploration of the ideas presented in the keynote, The Journey to Redefining the Classroom. The session will be participant-driven to explore ideas around multimedia science journals, blogging in the content area, using creation applications like iMovie, and resources to creating collaborative partnerships and projects with other classrooms. Participants will be able to download the app, Mental Note, to explore features of the app and its use as a multimedia journal, see examples of movie making from students and get a behind the scenes look at the process to the movie creation which can be used across grade levels and content. The session will also explore how a collaborative project between students in fourth grade and a partner school’s first and sixth graders has empowered students to create relationships and authentic audience for their work. Following the exploration time, the group will discuss questions, and pros and cons of these apps and practices.
Victoria Lovejoy & Kimberly Myers - Research, Review, Replay – A plan to make the change from a traditional classroom to a modern one without sacrificing content, skills, or learning opportunities
Educators are constantly exposed to new ideas and better ways to teach but often do not have the tools or resources to effectively apply those tools to their own classroom. Online teaching and lessons are gaining in popularity and with the advent of iPads and now iPad mini, access to those resources is both more affordable and more robust. Participants in this session will experience the use of iPads to engage students in online interaction, collaboration, and assessment with a student created final presentation. Moodle will be the platform modeled for an online classroom (recognizing that there are alternative online solutions).
iPad simplifies access to many resources through the function of available apps. For example, there is an app to access the wonderful professional discussions presented through TedTalks. There are a plethora of apps that allow students to record what they are doing on iPad and replay it as a presentation. Likewise there are creative apps that encourage students to take and organize class notes. In coordination with a simple supplemental online classroom, teachers now have a way to encourage students to experience learning under their own initiative while that teacher serves as the guide and provides the structure for that experience.
This session will provide one model for students to become responsible for viewing or researching a current topic online, discussing that topic with their peers through an online forum, and recreating or replaying what they have learned with their own final recorded presentation. This “Research, Review, Replay” model gives students the opportunity to fully interact with material in ways that match their abilities and preferences. It provides the teacher with a lesson, formative assessment, and summative assessments in one neat and affordable package.
Jennie Magiera – The Journey to Redefining the Mathematics Classroom (Featured Presenter)
In this hands-on workshop, participants will have a chance to take a deeper dive into the math metacognition iPad strategies, tools and apps discussed in the Keynote. During this “choose-your-own-adventure” style session, participants will vote from the following list to explore collaboratively: Doceri screencasting, QuickTime video creation, Toontastic for authentic problem solving, creating authentic math videos, Schoology for math meta-conversations/workflow and PaperPortNotes for assignments. Following the exploration time, the group will discuss questions, pros and cons of these apps and overall iPad use in the math classroom. ***PLEASE NOTE: For the best experience, participants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to download all of these free apps BEFORE the event. Wireless will be available in the session, but pre-downloading the programs will facilitate more time for exploration and learning.
Shawn McCusker – Navigating the 1st Year in a 1:1 Classroom (Featured Presenter)
Are you concerned about what to expect during your first year in a 1:1 iPad classroom or helping your teachers as they do so? The focus will be on how the 1:1 classroom will effect classroom procedures, educational philosophy, and classroom management strategies. How you can make the transition more effective and less stressful and for both teachers and students? What will you need to have in place before getting started and what can you build as you go? What can administrators do to support these teachers? The overall goal of this session is to help teachers and administrators decide how to best use iPads to support the specific needs of their school.
Rhonda Mitchell - Empowering Student with Digital Portfolios
What would happen if students were self-aware, possessed self-regulation skills, and felt empowered to affect change in themselves and world? Learn about how one school is using Evernote as digital portfolios to reach this goal. Join this session to hear about and offer your feedback on the goals, methodology, and practices in place as they take the initial steps on this journey. Participants will actively use Evernote throughout the session and for information sharing. It will be helpful to have an account prior to attending.
Martin Moran - So Now What?: The Transformative Impact of Developing a Cohesive 1:1 iPad Roll Out Plan
iPads are considered to be a transformative device when used in a classroom, but how do those individual classroom transformations, happening concurrently throughout a building, impact an entire school? Francis W. Parker School, in Chicago, is in the third year of a 1:1 iPad program, and the building-wide impact of the devices has just begun to show itself. This session will explain the steps that have been taken in an iPad roll out plan, and both the anticipated and unanticipated consequences of the presence of these devices throughout the school.
The most important single factor in determining the success of an iPad program is professional development; putting together a cohesive professional development plan in coordination with a roll out that leverages teacher buy-in to create a collegial atmosphere will help insure the success of a 1:1 iPad program. More important, a well conceived program can help develop within schools a more collaborative, collegial culture that has a long-term impact far beyond the devices themselves.
This session will provide an outline for an iPad roll out, including the professional development program that has been developed at Parker. Additionally, several apps that play a vital role in the development of that professional development plan will be introduced and explained, such as Evernote, Penultimate, Explain Everything and others. This session is ideal for teachers, technology coordinators, and administrators considering or already involved in an iPad program, as the session will look at at iPad implementation from a variety of perspectives.
Dennis Oliver – Energize your science program with iPads
The Chatham Hall science department is in its second year of a 1:1 iPad program. Drawing upon examples from our Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology courses as well as our summer camp activities you will see how your own science curriculum can be energized by the introduction of iPads. This presentation will show you how the utilization of science based apps, e-publishing, flipped classes, and the utilization of probe interfaces can enhance your students learning experience in the classroom and the laboratory.
Don Orth & Tim Springer - Redesigning your learning spaces: How mobile technology demands a new classroom (Featured Presenter)
Mobile technology enables new possibilities in the format of teaching and learning. The classroom is decentralized, there are more opportunities for differentiation, and student-directed learning is the name of the game. Does your classroom support or interfere with 21st century learning? Hillbrook’s iLab is an investigation of the impact of a new kind of learning space that bolsters a wide range of 21st century learning and teaching. Hillbrook is collecting data on the impact of the iLab on student engagement, confidence, and performance. Learn about their work and gather ideas for your new redeisgned space.
Courtney Pepe - iPad Technology Changing Outcomes for At-Risk High School Students
Discover how one of the largest 1:1 iPad initiatives on the East Coast has changed the lives of at-risk high school students. Discover how the iPad can be used to redefine the traditional classroom and build bridges for students who do not fit the “mold”. How can iPads be used to motivate, engage, and educate high school students who are at risk for dropping-out? Not all students in today’s high schools are college bound. This workshop will explore a variety of apps and other Web 2.0 tools that are of high interest to a teacher who faces a tough audience of students. Teachers will learn how use iPad to track and monitor student behavior. Teachers will learn how to use the iPads in ways that set high expectations for ALL students and makes sure that students are not given low level work simply because they exhibit challenging behaviors. Redefine learning in your classroom with iPad in many innovative ways. Specific examples of student work will be shown.
Tom Reardon - Creatively & Effectively Integrating iPad Apps into Your Middle and High School Math Class — Power at Your Fingertips
Harness the power of the iPad in your math class by using apps that I will demonstrate.Experience how to incorporate graphing calculator apps as whole class presentations and also for individual student use. Touch, grab and interact with math in a whole new way. Watch equations change as you touch and manipulate graphs. Math has now been given a sixth sense! Obtain over 100 colorful, interactive math activities from Middle School through Calculus – for FREE, that are played using the brand newTI-Nspire App for iPad! Included with these activities are the student worksheets and the teacher notes and solutions. Ready for immediate use in your classroom! Teachers and students can investigate tough-to-learn concepts as they have never been able to do before. Topics include investigating slope, discovering area formulas,obtaining domain and range from graphs, interpreting particle motion, visualizing sum sof geometric series, comparing circumference versus area via data collection, creating the unit circle – all investigated interactively on the iPad. Students discover the math: it makes sense to them and they remember it longer. All parts of this app communicate with each other: calculator, grapher, geometry, data & statistics, lists & spreadsheets, interactive notes.Take a picture with your iPad, immediately import it into the app. Then model a curve in the picture with an appropriate function or calculate a regression equation. Or, place a geometric figure on top of the picture and investigate properties like parallel, perpendicular, angle measurement, slope, perimeter, area, and more.Also see a presentation app that allows you to display and interact with any software that is on your desktop or laptop computer. The experience is similar to using an interactive white board, but at your fingertips. Feel the mathematics! And obtain accessto over 350 MB of activities. And PEZ!
Reshan Richards - Explaining Everything: Screencasting and Qualitative Formative Assessment
Screencasting is the process of capturing what is happening on the computer (iPad) screen along with narrated audio. In recent years, this process has become more accessible to teachers and students and has thus created new and dynamic ways to capture and assess student understanding.
This session will explore the many possibilities afforded by screencasting especially as they relate to qualitative formative assessment of learning. The term “qualitative” is used here to describe the contexts and processes of learning that can not be captured through traditional quantitative measures. “Formative assessment” does not mean test, quiz, or project. Instead it means the dialogue that takes place among students and teachers that guides instruction and provides opportunities for students to reflect on their learning during a lesson, unit, or project.
Participants will be presented with three sets of take-aways:
Julia Rubin – Video Feedback: Shaping Writing Performance Through New Media
This presentation addresses new methods of assessment on student writing. Instead of receiving written feedback on a paper document, students receive a “video” of their paper being read aloud and graded by their teacher. The visual element of the video displays the paper in the process of being annotated, and the auditory element captures the oral feedback of the teacher in the grading process. Attendees of this presentation will learn the process of video grading, hear discussion of its benefits, and be able to pose questions of the presenters in order to learn more.
In screen videos (captured and distributed to students using iPads), teachers describe in detail the strengths of student writing and explain challenges more clearly than what might otherwise be possible. Feedback is more nuanced and personalized, integrating mini-lessons on the craft of writing. Hearing the teacher’s voice helps the student to understand what is most important to work on, and to be praised in “real time” by the teacher.
This assessment process has been found effective in reaching different types of learners. Video feedback addresses issues related to decoding a teacher’s intent from written feedback and minimizes confusion for students. Video grading isn’t meant to replace one-to-one interaction, nor will it replace all written feedback; rather, it provides an additional means of guided support to gain the most learning possible from teacher-student interactions, as well as students’ experiences at home, in order to put in the difficult work it takes to truly write well.
Student response to this process, though still new, has been overwhelmingly positive. Students enjoy the opportunity to be praised by their teacher and have commented on the improved clarity of their teacher’s expectations that is achieved from watching a video rather than navigating written feedback. Students tend to have fewer questions regarding the decoding of a teacher’s suggestion for revision, and seem more engaged and responsive to the revision process overall.
Christy Stokes - Following a New Path in Math: iPads instead of Books
Participants will be shown how to use the iPad to teach Math to middle school and high school students. They will learn which apps are applicable to their lessons based on content and curriculum, as well as which apps are great for general daily use such as note-taking and organization. There will also be some information on how the iPad is useful in “flipping” the classroom and helping students to become less dependent on teachers and more dependent on the resources available to them through the iPad.
Kelley Webb – The Literature Connection – A Global iPad Interaction
Let’s make a connection – across the globe! Literature is a common bond between students all over the world, and meeting new people is highly motivating. So, why not connect the two and exchange literary perspectives? Participants in this session will see how one international English/Language Arts teacher connects students with other classrooms across the globe using literature and the iPads. Attendees will explore the resources for getting students started on a communicative project with another classroom as well as ideas for getting students involved on the iPads with novel studies, project collaboration, and creation of literature discussions through a variety of applications. Get your students out of the classroom and going global with the iPad!
Derrick Willard – From Possibilities to Practices: How iPads & Social Media are Changing Science Instruction
It was just under two years ago that the twitterverse was first ablaze with posts about the possibilities of iPads in education. Meanwhile others were blogging about the limitations of iPads and other tablets. In that short time span, Apple has entered the digital textbook market and many of the original limitations of the devices have been overcome. No longer are we just discussing possibilities. Instead, we can examine successful practices. iPad has become a “digital backpack,” replacing the traditional physical tools students carry. Additionally, iPad has become a powerful portal for student research. Participants are invited to witness the lessons learned from two successful iPad pilot projects in high school environmental science classes, one on campus and one while traveling in Costa Rica.
Derrick Willard has successfully run two environmental science classes with iPads, having his students complete written work, utilize digital texts, create multimedia projects, and take assessments on the devices. Participants will see numerous examples of projects suited to iPad as well as apps that are valuable in any class or discipline using the devices.
Chris Williams – Promoting and accelerating pupil progress and independence through the use of mobile technology and continuous access to an audience.
My presentation will share examples of work I have done which has demonstrated enhanced progress with pupils in terms of cross-curricular academic achievement, confidence and independence. The use of 1:1 iPads with a group of 62 children will be discussed through examples of their work and evidence of their enhanced rates of learning impacted on by targeted use off technology. Several innovative projects will be shared and discussed in depth as the illustration of the central concept is reached, primarily the powerful link to learning caused by the planned combination of technology, pupil independence and audience. The main projects which will be outlined will be these: 1) The use of iPads as instructional tools and ultimately presentation enablers during a 2 week design technology project where controllable vehicles were build and then promoted through multimedia to a large audience in a iPad showcase. 2) The application of a pupil blog space used during class and on field trips to post work to the web and twitter, to reach a targetted wider audience (parents and specialists) and receive immediate and relevant feedback. 3) The use of iPods to promote independent learning in mathematics whereby regular assessments guide pupils to very specific areas requiring improvement and the iPod is employed to scan QR codes taking pupils to instructional videos, demonstrations and problems to complete online. 4) The culmination of months of preparation where pupils have mastery over a large range of iPad apps and are able to direct their own learning pathway and choose how to demonstrate their learning to an understanding.
Kristin Ziemke – This is How We Do It! One school’s story of transforming thinking and learning with iPad
This workshop is designed for teachers, technology coaches, and administrators who are looking to move beyond single-purpose, skill-focused apps and desire to use the iPad to reflect the demands and technology expectations of the global community by transforming the way students ask questions, access and acquire information and share their learning. In this session, attendees will explore models for successful iPad innovation and learn tools that foster meaningful, transformative integration. Participants will see—through short video clips and student work samples–how a limited number of apps and Web 2.0 tools can transform learning for elementary age students as they connect with classrooms and experts around the globe, create projects previously unimaginable, and are inspired by audience and authentic feedback. Presentation will address social media, iMovies, digital publishing, books trailers, student expression through visual and fine art, tools for differentiation, and student work collection. Participants will leave with the vision, knowledge, lesson ideas, and management strategies to make authentic twenty-first century student engagement a reality in their schools.
Mary Beth Banios - Year 1 of a 1:1 iPad Implementation – Lessons Learned
This presentation will focus on leadership considerations for a 1:1 iPad implementation. In this workshop, we will cover what we have learned about teacher professional development, running pilot programs, distributing iPads, assessing 1:1 initiatives, and parent and community communication. We will share links to documents and presentations that we have created as we have embarked on our path to having all 5th -12th graders in our district be learning in a 1:1 environment by 2012.
Jennifer Carey – The iPad for Personal Professional Development
This talk will focus on using the iPad as a personal tool for professional development. It draws on my iPad experience from 2010 – Present, when my school issued iPads to the faculty and told us to “go forth.” I focus on various tools, apps, and creative applications of the iPad as a tool for self-directed learning and pedagogical development.
Michelle Cordy - iPads: Creating meaning, participating and democracy
Through participation and conversations on the Net, the shape of knowledge is changing dramatically. iPads and mobile devices are indeed the magic window that allows people to connect to the fast and abundant flows of information. Educators have a responsibility to become familiar with the potential implications of these significant changes and think about how to transform education to enable students to participate meaningfully for learning and for life. It is not just about creating meaning: it’s about creating the Internet and how democracy may ensue.
Have you been thinking about “Why”? It is hard to answer the ever important “Why” questions without first understanding some underlying assertions about technology. A fundamental premise of this session is that nothing is more practical than a good theory. Come and consider ideas from great thinkers in the area of knowledge, information, and the Net including: Howard Reinghold, David Weinberger, Danna Boyd, Nicholas Carr and Clay Shirky. This session is designed to settle and unsettle your thinking about technology and education. It will help participants better understand the landscape of the transformation happening in education. This session is valuable for leaders of education who are grappling with the frenzied rate of change. Also, teachers who are attempting to write grants and seek support for implementing iPads will benefit from developing a broader understanding of the “Why” questions.
As a classroom teacher, I will also demonstrate how I attempt to bring ideas from the gurus into practice. I will share stories, lesson progressions, and examples of student work that I believe demonstrate creation and participation. I plan on sharing my great successes and biggest challenges in the hopes of presenting an honest view of a 1-1 iPad class. I could be totally wrong, but then at least you’ll know.
Jill Gough – PBL PD: Integrating Formative Assessment, Twitter, & Brain-based Research
Want faculty to engage in a project together? Want faculty to try a non-graded formative assessment technique? Want faculty to investigate a little brain-based research to work on retention of information and learning? Want faculty to learn and explore using social media for learning, communication, and collaboration? Hear one school’s story of such a project that you can implement with learners next week.
Note: This session will be interactive, so please have a Twitter client on your iPad and an established Twitter account prior to attending this session.
Patrick Larkin – The iPad As A Leadership Tool (Featured Presenter)
A mobile devices in the hands of a school leader offers an opportunity for new levels of transparency. A leader with an iPad can improve their levels of communication and collaboration while also increasing their effectiveness as an instructional leader. Whether you are in a formal or informal leadership position, come and see some of the tools you can access to model best practice for staff, students, and the community.
Patrick Larkin – iPads For Everyone! Getting Your Community On Board (Featured Presenter)
Putting iPads (or any mobile device) in the hands of all students in a school is a tremendous change for both the students and adults in a school community. This session will review the detailed plans Burlington High School (MA) took to ensure success in its 1:1 plan. Major points of emphasis will include communication to all stakeholders, embedded professional development for staff, training for parents, and deploying a student support team. This model allowed the school to create an understanding that going 1:1 is an instructional initiative and not just a large technology purchase is imperative.
Tara Lemmey & Stan Vonog – Introducing the Spin Platform: A New Era of Together Learning for the Experience Age
It is no secret that we learn better when we learn together. While the move towards open courseware is democratizing access to top courses and educational resources around the world, there is no substitute for the exchange that occurs in groups – reacting, questioning, emoting, engaging – all of which are invaluable to our learning experience.
We believe that as we transition from the Information age to the Experience age, we can do more to revolutionize how education occurs. We envision a world where you can do more than stream content remotely – a world where students and teachers can truly be together live even when they can’t be in the same room.
In this presentation, we will discuss the powerful Spin Platform, which expands the walls of classrooms to bring students and teachers truly together in learning from across town or across the globe. Most recently, Spin worked with Harvard University’s Michael Sandel to create the world’s first immersive, global classroom, bringing together students from five countries and over 11,500 miles to wrestle with the most important questions of our time.
Spin has been used in both K-12 and Higher Education to extend teachers’ capabilities in and outside of the classroom, engage students in study groups and class-time supplements, and create meaningful opportunities for peer-to-peer teacher training.
Angela Maiers – Keynote Q & A: Tools and Resources for Passion Driven Leadership
You will have the opportunity to follow up with Angela right after her keynote to discuss the questions and challenges specific to your school or organization. This session will give you ample opportunity to participate in, investigate, and debate different theories and practices presented in the morning session, and leave with a store of tools, resources, and ideas to support your own implementation plan.
Bring your passion and your questions!
Chad McGowan – How to Leverage Google Apps for Education on the iPad
Two of today’s biggest names In the world of educational technology are the Apple iPad and Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Many school systems are attempting to bridge the gap between the highly popular and functional mobile device and the great resources available within GAFE accounts. In this session, participants will learn what apps and tools from any Google account can be accessed and utilized through an iPad. Participants will gain knowledge in two key areas of working with GAFE on the iPad:
***Apps: Apps we will look at will help participants fully manage their Google experience including Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Maps, and Blogger. We will also look at how third party apps are enhanced by or help enhance your experience with GAFE on the iPad.
***Workflow: Due to the limitations of file access on the iPad, schools are frequently looking for a best practice in terms of workflow, or “How do we get access to everyone’s stuff?” We will focus on helping participants develop a workflow for creating and sharing documents and experiences via Google Apps for Education on the iPad.
Participants will leave the session with a clear list of apps and resources for using them. Participants will also leave with access to a quality workflow and ideas on how to modify the workflow to fit their individual settings. There will be content here designed to help participants whether they work in a 1:1 environment or a cart environment.
Don Orth - Top 5 components of a successful 1:1 iPad program (Featured Presenter)
Looking to bring iPads into your school, expand a pilot or make iPad more effective in your school? This session will outline some of the key features that must be in place for a successful 1:1 program. Hillbrook, an Apple Distinguished School, was one of the first schools in the world to rollout a 24/7 1:1 iPad program. Don Orth is their technology director as well as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and regularly leads tours and helps schools implement iPad programs.
Justin Reich - Beyond Pockets of Excellence: How the Best Leaders Empower School-Wide Transformations (Featured Presenter)
Devices don’t transform learning, people do. In nearly ever school, the introduction of a new device inspires individual teachers with extraordinary initiative and creativity to create pockets of excellence in their own classrooms. There are only a handful of schools, however, where new devices lead to systematic changes in student learning experiences. In these places, school and district leaders play a vital role in helping pockets of excellence scale to school-wide transformations. In this session, we’ll explore the strategies that the best school leaders use to empower their teachers and students to rethink teaching and learning in a networked age.
Justin Reich - Creating Coherence: Connecting Technology and Learning Goals
In too many U.S. school districts, technology purchases and programs are not connected to strategic learning goals for students. Districts and schools make iPad purchases, and then teachers are left to individually use the technology however they see fit. This model can promote pockets of excellence, but it rarely leads to systematic adoption of technology in support of meaningful learning. In this interactive session, we’ll explore four models for strategically connecting iPad initiatives to student learning, ranging from “Radical Teacher Autonomy” models to “Central Planning of Goals, Professional Development, and Assessment.” Participants will leave the session with a variety of effective strategies for helping teams, departments, schools and districts strategically use technology to support student learning and achievement.
Tony Perez – How is standing in place interactive – or – how we sold our interactive boards and re-defined our classrooms
Interactive boards such as the SMART and Promethean boards are great. They often are viewed as the pinnacle of classroom interactive technology, promising engaging lessons, better student participation and enhanced teacher creativity. The question we will explore in this technology leadership presentation is “how truly interactive is this model?” How engaging can standing in one place, at the front of the classroom, often with back turned to students, really be? Does the current interactive board model support what we know about how students learn best?
In the Summer of 2012, the Atlanta Girls’ School sold all of its Interactive boards and, in their place, outfitted each classroom with an Apple TV, HD Projector and an iPad. For twelve years, incoming students have been issued Apple laptops. To compliment the new classroom technology, 2012’s sixth grade was issued iPads. The move to highly mobile, student-centered and girl-focused learning was on.
This presentation will explore what happens when the interactive board is replaced with options that allow teachers to teach from the middle of the classroom, placing interactive lessons on any surface, on any wall, engaging with and guiding students exploration of ideas using the latest in wireless tools in ways the tools manufacturer may not have foreseen. With iPad at the center of the new classroom, teachers have a tool analogous to the swiss-army knife: iPad as wireless video-enable field microscope, document camera, video conference device, 3D brain explorer, 15 minute lesson facilitator, remote laptop controller, Harkness mapping tool, annotation and presentation device, attendance taker…and more.
This session will detail initial planning, implementation, course corrections, mistakes and the surprises experienced in this new idea of classroom when the teacher no longer is forced to stand in one place in the classroom.
Christopher Sokolov – Apple iPad as K-12 one-to-one digital tool: Defining Goals and Underlying Theory
In a recent Apple presentation, John Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles School District, asserted that iPads will “reignite the passion of teaching.” Are iPads transforming education or a passing fad? How can programs be evaluated? This presentation will suggest that programs can only be successful if goals are clearly defined and communicated. This discussion will empower educators to conceptualize why they might invest in one-to-one iPads and to clearly articulate goals that are supported by underlying theory.
While iPads have only been available for large-scale one-to-one programs in education since the fall of 2010, a number of articles have sought to clarify the value of such programs. A research synthesis that reviews the current literature “can provide policymakers, educators, and researchers with a good idea about what the best evidence” says about such programs (Penuel, 2006). This presentation seeks to contribute to the knowledge of one-to-one iPad programs at a particular moment in time so that educators and stakeholders can better make decisions supported by theory and best practice in their schools.
Sue Tummarello & Reshan Richards - Look at it from both sides the teacher and the student: how collaboration, communication and reflection are key components that lead to “accountability 2.0″ and responsibility in any classroom
Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) is in the second year of an iPad initiative at its Primary School (grades PK-3). Professional Development has long been a part of our school’s culture. Providing opportunities for primary school teachers to engage and learn together with iPads has been key to this initiative’s success. How does the teacher structure learning by choosing appropriate digital resources that provide ongoing, assessment/documentation opportunities? Share in our school’s attempt to make learning more visible, collaborative, and reflective. Practical examples of student work created with iPads, our thoughts about stations and iPads, student reflections and professional development work sessions will be shared. For example, learn how the iPad has led to “accountability 2.0″ with students as they create websites to communicate what they know about crayfish and their basic needs in an elementary science classroom. Participants will learn about the varied training models we have explored, how we try to connect use of the device to teaching, learning and assessment goals, and the success and challenges that have been faced thus far. We also look forward to hearing participants’ interests, successes particularly related to student accountability and responsibility when using iPads at any age level.
Christopher Casal - iPads for Administrators
iPads aren’t just for students or teachers. Administrators can easily integrate iPads into their daily tasks to communicate, collaborate, and speed up the paperwork process. How many times have you walked into a classroom and observed something that stood out? Have you always taken a picture of it? Have you always written it down? Have you always shared your thoughts with the teacher, or the rest of your staf? This presentation will show you how to use your iPad to instantly document classroom techniques & best practices, communicate with teachers, share resources with your community, and make the paperwork-heavy task of observing and evaluating teachers through observations paperless with instant feedback.
Jeffrey Morrison & Eugene Horn - Questions you didn’t know you needed to ask about the iPad…. answered
This presentation will focus on iPads in the classroom environment from a technical and pedagogical standpoint. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the topics needed to be thought about and discussed prior and during the implementation of iPads in schoools. We will focus on how the operational management of iPads from a network perspective directly influences their pedagogical implementation in the classroom. Topics such as the Configurator Tool, iPad Pedagogy, and strategic visioning are a few of the topics that will be covered.
Kristy Sailors - Innovation Spaces: A Shared iPad Cart Model
What if your district can’t afford 1:1 iPads? This presentation will provide an overview of the planning, and implementation process of how the Blue Valley School District developed and deployed a shared iPad cart model in five elementary schools. During the 2011-12 school year, Education Services developed an innovation technology project that would create technology rich classrooms where teachers would demonstrate seamless technology integration into classroom instruction. The project was designed to provide students with instructional activities to increase engagement, application, and personalize their learning. Across the five participating buildings, there are approximately 695 elementary students enrolled in an innovation spaces classroom. During the presentation, participants will gain an understanding of the project, implementation specifications, view student work, and review the evaluation data collected during the initial phase of the project. Participants will also gain access to the district’s planning materials, App evaluation process, selection, and rubrics.
Sherry Ward - A Million and One Details in a 1:1 iPad Initiative
If you are heading into an iPad initiative or just thinking about it, don’t miss this session! Attendees will walk away with a detailed map of the constituents, processes, and decisions that go into getting a 1:1 iPad program off the ground. The presentation will illustrate the need for all these considerations and provide possible outcomes. Valuable lessons learned in the areas of management and protocols will be shared. And attendees will have an opportunity to see and hear about equipment such as cases, styli, keyboards, Apple TV, and projectors that were implemented successfully or rejected.
Emily Young - 10,000 iPads. One year.
Mansfield ISD (Texas) will share how they implemented over 10,600 iPads in their 1:1 PowerUp! initiative at the high school level. Discover strategies for a large-scale deployment, including technical, legal, and logistical considerations, and explore best practices for classroom management and instructional applications.
At EdTechTeacher, we have been leading the way with our iPad professional development. Through webinars, blog posts, Summer Workshops, and our on-site professional development programs, we have worked with schools, school leaders, and educators from across the country as they work to transform their classrooms through successful iPad integration.
In the iPad T21 program, we focus on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. We begin with hands-on exploration of specific apps and then transition to broader topics such as collaboration, workflow, assessment, and content curation over the course of this full-year program.