Welcome to the Summit! This page includes descriptions of all confirmed titles and descriptions for the February 4-5 conference. We received almost 200 submissions in response to the Call for Proposals and expect this to be another outstanding event!
This list will continue to be updated as more speakers confirm their acceptance.
Sessions in orange feature members of the EdTechTeacher team.
Tanya Avrith – Harnessing the Power of Social Media – Moving Forward With Digital Citizenship
Having a concrete digital citizenship plan is critical for all stakeholders (students, teachers, administrators and parents) when rolling out iPads. Do your students understand how to use technology in a safe and responsible way? This session will address a framework to get started with when teaching digital citizenship in your class/school. Learn ideas on how you can begin to teach your students how to build their digital identities and become iCitizens using social media
>>Harnessing the Power of Social Media and the Web (Google Presentation)
Jim Bologna - 21st Century Math Curriculum with iPads
This is a hands-on session where attendees will see and try apps and workflows geared to facilitate the use of iPads in a math classroom. Participants will learn several methods for using the iPad to create, share and assess math content through the apps Evernote, BuzzMath, Notability, Explain Everything, and the Google suite of apps.
>>21st Century Math Curriculum with iPads (Google Site)
Amy Burvall - RemixED – The Power of Remix, Mashup, and Recontextualization in the Classroom
Mozilla’s Doug Belshaw says that the “heart” of “digital literacies” is the Remix. Kirby Ferguson eloquently encouraged us in his TED talk to “Embrace the Remix”, because, as his enlightening documentary series reminds us, “everything is a remix”. Newspaper blackout artist and award-winning author Austin Kleon’s advice to budding creatives is to “Steal Like an Artist”, because “you are a mashup of what you let into your life”. Our students are engrossed in remix culture – they are the appropriation and recontextualization generation. Remix calls for knowledge and understanding, critical, higher-order, and design thinking, a variety of tech skills, and, frequently, collaboration and navigation in the greater media landscape. Most importantly a remix task offers students a chance to truly transform a work and create something unique – something that will contribute to their digital presence and legacy. This session is part pedagogical/philosophical and part participatory. Attendees will leave with a “goodie-bag” of resources and ideas as well as have the opportunity to develop, practice, and share several types of remix projects.
>>Remixed (Google+ Community Page)
Amy Burvall - Getting Meta: Augmented Video, Audio, and Images for Creativity and Critical Thinking
How do we inspire students to demonstrate both creativity and critical thinking? Kick up video production notch by encouraging augmentation – the careful addition of the “meta”. In this hands-on presentation/ workshop we’ll be exploring Web tools and apps that allow students to add rich layers to their visual and audio creations. Augmentation with external links, multi-media, and hypertext makes both original work and appropriated resources more “meaty”. Most tools allow for remix, collaboration, and crowdsourcing as well, so that students may hone key “21st century skills”. Experience each through play and experimentation, and showcase at least two of your creations with our group. How do we embrace the #showyourwork movement and ask students to demonstrate their design thinking processes and troubleshooting strategies, contributing to collective knowledge? These techniques are highly adaptable and applicable to almost any age and discipline. Tools used include: Popcornmaker, TED Ed, Weavly, YouTube, Thinglink, Soundcloud, and Touchcast.
>> Getting Meta (Google+ Community Page)
>> Live post by Jen Carey
Holly Clark – Game Changers: How Connections and Collaboration are Redefining Learning
If you are not collaborating and connecting with other schools, it is time to jump on board! As two of the essential 21st Century learning skills, collaboration and connected learning should be at the heart of every curriculum. In this session you will learn ways you can use iPads to foster student engagement through global online connections. From “mystery hangouts” to political debates with students from other continents you will definitely be amazed at how you can transform your classroom with these cutting-edge collaboration and connected learning ideas.
>>Connect and Collaborate (Google Presentation)
Holly Clark – Student Digital Porfolios: Redefining Assessment Using Google Tools and iPads
In this session, we will discuss the importance of student-created digital portfolios. From why they are important – to how we can use the power of Google tools to help students showcase and OWN their learning. You will leave with strategies for digitizing, uploading and publishing student work using Google -with a focus on the best iPad apps that integrate with Google Drive. Digital student portfolios should be the goal of every educator in 2014!
>>Student Digital Portfolios (Google Presentation)
>>LiveBlog by Jen Carey
Holly Clark & Tanya Avrith - Building Tried and True Digital Reading Strategies with Subtext
In this session, the hosts of the EduSlam.me Show – Holly and Tanya will highlight some of the most innovative teaching ideas they have crowdsourced from around the globe. They will also share inspirational tips and strategies for crowdsourcing your own professional development and how you can use this new form of PD to inspire teachers by giving them concrete examples of how others are redefining their teaching to meet the needs of 21st century learners.
>>Building Tried and True Strategies (Google Presentation)
Hall Davidson - Expanding Reality: The New 3 “R’s” in Education
Time to add, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and QR codes to the old 3 R’s. Go deep into building AR layers to add another dimension to learning objects. Animations, videos, images, and audio will bloom from everyday objects, the pages of a book, or old-school illustrations. Build simple VR’s that defy scale or explore those already built. Students with tablets or smart phones gain new insights, get more help. Begin with QR codes, the simplest of the 3 “R’s.” Explore how they work, how teachers use them, and what they offer teachers, students and parents. This session will explore how classroom teachers and students can build new layers of information with iPads and iPhones. Augmented Reality. Virtual Reality, and QR codes will featured and building them will be modeled AR and VR are like QR codes on steroids–new layers that enrich and enlighten. They are easily built with free software (AR, QR, and VR alike) and allow a more powerful use of existing resources. Finally, take a sneak peek into a very different future with AR controls for everyday items.
>>Hall’s Handouts (Handout) and Hall’s Wiki of resources
Tanna Fiske - From Luddite to Leader: How My Journey Can Help Make Your Technology Initiative Successful
If you had told me I would be a technology specialists in 2009, I would have told you that was impossible. I was a luddite. I was a teacher who believed that iPads were just one more new technology tool that would come and go like the rest. Now, after participating in a 1:1 K-12 iPad roll-out, I am a convert and a leader in my district. Through education, exploration, and witnessing first-hand I have become a strong believer in the necessity of connected classroom. I will share the resources that changed my mind and the lessons learned in my first year in a 1:1 middle school classroom.
>>iTunes U Course (must be seen from a iOS device)
Jo-Ann Fox - App Differently: Reach for Redefinition!
Learn how to use iOS apps to help your students innovate with the 4 Cs and redefine learning with iPads. I will share with you the critical difference between a creative app and a skill review app. Learn how to teach your students to use their device to get creative!
>>App Differently: Reach for Redefinition (website on App Education)
JR Ginex-Orinion - ShowMe That! Teach and Assess Students with the ShowMe App
The purpose of the session is to introduce ShowMe as an instructional and assessment tool for teachers, present examples of best practices in synchronous and asynchronous learning, and explain how ShowMe can best address the new Common Core Standards.
Attendees will complete the following tasks/learn these topics by the end of the session.
The presenter will showcase some quality ShowMe’s and provide recommendations for producing instructional videos. The presenter will also go over an example “flipped lesson” utilizing a ShowMe to model this type of content delivery.
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 innovative 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 digital toolbox of resources 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.
>>iPads in the 21st Century Classroom: It’s NOT About the Apps!! (Google Doc)
>> Live Blog by Jen Carey
Allison Hogan & Jenny Esteve - Going, Going, Gone: Paperless, It Can Be Done!
Do you currently have a stack of ungraded papers piled up in front of you? Are you constantly sending papers home to be signed and returned? Have you had enough of copiers and fixing paper jams? Does the thought of going paperless frighten you or peek your curiosity?
Our session will enlighten you to a new way of thinking about going paperless in your classroom whether you are new to iPads or interested in the idea. Please join us for an interesting and informative session on how two teachers make their way to a paperless classroom through the use of Google Drive, Remind 101 App, DropBox, Sign Up Genius, Confer App, Edmodo App, and Three Ring App for digital portfolios.
Participants will walk away with immediate strategies on how to transition to a paperless classroom.
>> Going, Going, Gone: Paperless, It Can Be Done! (Prezi)
Beth Holland – Redefining the Writing Process with iPads and Mobile Devices
Text-to-speech, speech-to-text, mind-mapping apps, multimedia, and collaborative documents, all available on iPad and other mobile devices, redefine the writing process. In this session, we will discuss their impact as well as how they can transform the ways in which we think about the development of new literacies across grade levels.
First, we will discuss the potential for these tools to meet a diverse set of learners, highlighting strategies to support students who may struggle with reading, output, organization, or editing. From there, we will explore the potential for collaborative writing and editing. Finally, we will look beyond traditional writing assignments and describe the potential for alternative assessments given the capabilities of mobile technology. Participants will leave this presentation with a host of tools, ideas, and resources to support the writing process with mobile devices.
>> Redefining the Writing Process with iPads and Mobile Devices (Google Doc Presentation)
>> Live Blog by Kate Wilson
Beth Holland – Crush Your Curriculum with App Smashing
As Greg Kulowiec has proven, “the only limitation with iPads is an understanding of the potential of the device.” Once students have developed a sense of app fluency, then they can create almost anything. One question remains, though: WHY. Why might a student create a multimedia eBook? Why would a student use advanced video smashing? Why does a ThingLink App Smash help students demonstrate their understanding? Why might a student smash any number of apps in order to create a new learning artifact? In this session, we will tie a number of App Smashes back to the curriculum, answering the WHY questions along the way.
>>How to Crush Your Curriculum with App Smashing (Google Doc Presentation)
>>LiveBlog by Kate Wilson
Alice Keeler - Developing Independent Student Learners
In the quest to have a more student centered classroom, students need to become independent learners. The educators role shifts away from the front of the room to being designers of the learning environment. This session covers creating a Digital Haversack to guide students through the learning environment you design.
>>Developing Independent Student Learners
Alice Keeler - iPad Portfolios: Streamlining Work Flows
iPads and Apps can provide magical teaching and learning moments. The challenge can be how to collect and organize the effort and work that students do on an iPad. In addition to creating a way for students to submit the work they do, iPad portfolios allow for students to organize and reflect on their learning. Session will cover how to set up portfolios, best practices for students organizing their work, and suggested teacher work flows.
>>iPad Portfolios: Streamlining Work Flows
Douglas Kiang - From Angry Birds to Minecraft: What Do Games Teach Us About Learning?
Come discover five secrets that make games addictive, and learn about specific ways that you can use game dynamics in your classroom to engage learners. In this session, I will use video interviews with students, gameplay videos, and examples from many current games that kids play to demonstrate what game designers know about tutorials, learning, and scaffolding of content. I will also present an overview of the concept of gamification, and why it is so effective at changing behavior.
>>Angry Birds to Minecraft: What Games Teach Us About Learning (Google Handout)
Dee Koscik - Google Drive, Doctopus, and iAnnotate: An EASY and Paperless Way to Manage Student Work
With iPads in our classrooms, the printing of assignments, worksheets, and essays in order to grade them is not only unnecessary, it is becoming obsolete. Yet you may be asking yourself HOW do I grade papers if they are not – paper? This session will provide you with a system to fully manage your student work using Google Drive and Doctopus for effective workflow of documents, and iAnnotate, an iPad app, as an essential tool for reading, marking up, and grading student work. Bring your own strategies and your questions!
>>Google Drive, Doctopus, and iAnnotate: An Easy and Paperless Way to Manage Student Work (Google Presentation)
>>Live Blog from Beth Holland
Greg Kulowiec – Unleashing Creativity with App Smashing
Why limit students to one app to create original multimedia content when they can smash together 3, 4 or even 5 apps to create a final product. App-Smashing, the process of using multiple apps to create, modify, remix, edit and publish content from an iPad to create content that could never have been created with just one app. With the increasingly flexibility of the iPad iOS and the ability to share content on one iPad from app to app, from iPad to iPad, and from an iPad to the web, both students and teachers have the ability to create truly remarkable creations on an iPad. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to begin the process of app-smashing as well as a small app toolkit to facility student created app-smashes. Apps used will include but are not limited to: iMovie, ExplainEverything, Tellagami, Paper53, Garageband, Google Drive, Dropbox, Book Creator and Creative Book Builder.
>>Unleashing Creativity with App Smashing (Google Presentation)
Greg Kulowiec – Keep Explaining
Without question Explain Everything is a powerful classroom tool. Yet, the ways in which it is being used in the classroom are only scratching the surface. This session will explore the more complex uses for Explain Everything. Ideas discussed in the session will range from creating flash style animation to mind mapping and presenting. Further, the session will explore how Explain Everything can be used to layer video content to create comprehensive multimedia presentations.
>>Keep Explaining (Google Presentation)
>>Live Blog by Kate Wilson
Karen Lirenman - The Connected Classroom
Do you teach elementary grades? Are they collaborating and connecting outside of your classroom to ask questions and inspire creativity? Come learn how one group of amazing first grade students are using iPads to do just this – within their school and with the world. In this session, you will learn ways you can safely use social media and collaboration based iPad apps to increase classroom connections and engage learners. I will look at how creating and sharing with a global audience can teach kids about digital citizenship and help understand the importance of learning networks even at this young age.
>> The Connected Classroom (Google Doc)
>> Live Blog by Beth Holland
Karen Lirenman - The Power of the Little People – Using iPads to Transform Learning in the Early Years
Little people are far more than just cute. They are inspiring, curious, risk-taking globally engaged learners who are willing to give anything a shot. In this session participants will hear stories, and see samples of ways young learners are using iPads to create, connect, learn, and share with the world. They will learn how these fearless learners can make choices about their learning, make their thinking visible, and co-create with others. Specific examples will show what is possible through the use of blogs, video conferencing, and microblogging. These examples will demonstrate digital literacy and show how they promote digital citizenship. The examples shared in the early years context can easily be adjusted up to meet the needs of learners at higher grade levels.
This workshop is designed for teachers, technology coaches, and administrators who are keen to explore the potential of innovative uses of iPads in an early years classroom and beyond.
>>The Power of the Little People – Using iPads to Transform Learning in the Early Years (Google Doc Handout)
David Malone – Improving Literacy with iPads
During this session, participants will learn ways to help primary-grade students learn to read more fluently and with greater comprehension. Tools covered will include iPads, the presentation app, Explain Everything, Evernote, iTunes U, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Workshop is appropriate for 1:1 tablet scenarios or classrooms with as few as 1 device. Students working with iPads at a fluency ‘station’ will create video recordings of them reading leveled text. Recordings are then archived along with accompanying notes and suggested reading strategies. Videos can be reviewed with students or easily shared with other teachers, administrators, specialists, and/or parents.
>> Improving Literacy with iPads (Google Folder of resources)
Shawn McCusker – Creating a Culture of Research and Writing in the 1:1 Social Studies Classroom
The connected classroom changes the economy of information in a social studies classroom. The teacher is no longer the sole provider of historical content, and the textbook is no longer the best learning resource for historical fact. This session will focus on how to create an environment for historical research, and foster the skills for writingm that become essential when a class begins to focus on evaluating and distilling meaning from a wide variety of sources. We will also discuss how student creation products can be used to scaffold and support successful writing skills.
>>Creating a Culture of Research and Writing (Google Presentation)
Shawn McCusker – Navigating the First Year in a 1:1
What can a classroom teacher expect to face during their first year with iPads in the classroom? Beyond learning the new apps and devices, what other skills and competencies will a classroom teacher need? This session will focus on educational philosophy, classroom management strategies, changing classroom relationships, and frameworks for helping teachers to understand what the transition entails.
>>Navigating the First Year in a 1:1 (Google Presentation)
>>Live Blog by Beth Holland
Martin Moran - Googlizing Workflow in Your School
Teachers, students and administrators need means and methods of addressing logistical needs in a manner that lets them focus on the truly important work within a school. Real-time data collection, automated feedback, and creative learning within an internet browser are not features that require schools to invest in numerous expensive tools and software. Google Apps for Education, combined with effective implementation of easy-to-learn scripts, can expedite the data collection process in a manner that allows teachers and students to spend their time focusing on what matters: learning. Tools such as Docs, Spreadsheets and Forms, if implemented thoughtfully, can provide a backend workflow that allows for them to more effectively use creative tools such as Blogger and YouTube. Additionally, effective use of these tools on the part of administrators allows them to acquire better diagnostic information about teacher needs, give timelier feedback on observations, and make better use of their time within the context of overseeing the curriculum within the building.
This presentation discuss ways in which every teacher can googlize the workflow within their courses, classrooms, and schools. Introductions to tools such as Doctopus, Form Mule, Autocrat, YouTube video editor, and Google+ Communities will be given. Additionally, hands-on time will be spent working through some examples of how this might work within the structure of each of the above listed entities. Through using the tools available in Google Apps for EDU, teachers, students and administrators can automate numerous time consuming activities and save time for meaningful, pedagogically sound practices.
>>Googlizing Workflow in Your School (Google Presentation)
Samantha Morra – Digital Storytelling on iPad
Digital stories take students beyond traditional assignments while learning 21st century skills of creating, communicating and collaborating. Students become creators of content not just consumers as they weave images, music, and voice together, giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations and experiences. iPads take digital storytelling to a new level by making the process easier, mobile and integrated into one device. DIgital stories engage students and teachers at every grade level while enhancing writing and critical thinking skills. Digital Storytelling on the iPad can transform student writing into video masterpieces ready to be shared with the world.
>>Digital Storytelling on iPad (Google Presentation)
Samantha Morra – Google Apps on Your iPad
Google and iPad are powerful tools for education. Put them together and you open up new ways to use both. Whether it is your own personal account or you are part of a Google Apps for Education school you should get to know the Google apps for iPad. We will explore, demonstrate and play around with how students and staff can make the most of using Google and iPad together to enhance and enrich the learning environment.
>>Google Apps on Your iPad (Google Presentation)
Leigh Murrell - Say What?
Get your students speaking and provide them opportunities to listen. Learn ways to implement Apps like Dragon Dictation, Audio Boo, Croak.it, Explain Everything, Creative Book Builder, and iMovie to help your students meet the Speaking and Listening Common Core State Standards. This presentation will focus on EL and World Language Students.
>> Say What? (Padlet Wall)
Kate Petty - Projects for the Inquiry-Based Classroom
You have 1:1 and you may either be thinking about going to a “Flipped” or Inquiry-Based Classroom or you’ve already made the jump and you are looking for engaging activities for your students. In either case, this session is for you. Your students will be intrinsically motivated when you provide just one day a week to allow them to pursue what their passions are. We will discuss Blogging Projects, 20-Time in Education, and beginner Public Speaking Activities.
>> Projects for the Inquiry-Based Classroom (Blog post)
Jennifer Pirazzini & Mike Guerena - App-solute Vocabulary!
How can teachers utilize iPads to support vocabulary development across the content areas? Let’s explore some ways that technology can be implemented in the 21st century classroom to help construct meaning of higher level academic vocabulary as required by the rigor of the CCSS.
>>App-solutely Vocabulary! (Padlet)
Sabba Quidwai - The Digital DBQ – Enhancing Historical Thinking Skills in the Classroom
A student of history should no longer view learning of the past as the rote memorization of names, dates and facts. Whether you are 1:1 or have a class set of iPads it’s time to bring history alive in your classroom through the use of technology. Together we will explore how to bring Document Based Activities) to life through the use of iBook’s, Keynote, and Explain Everything, allowing students to enhance and develop their historical thinking skills. See how the use of technology-enhanced curriculum allows your students to create a dialogue between the past and present. From analyzing sources to making connections across the curriculum and through evaluating multiple perspectives, you can redefine the history experience a student has in your classroom. Participants will leave with an iBook, titled, “The Digital DBQ,” with an overview of how to implement this process and some ready to use DBQs!
>>The Digital DBQ – Enhancing Historical Thinking Skills in the Classroom (website)
Violet Richard & Anderson Julio Auza - The Language Classroom 2.0: How Making a Self-Made iBook Has Transformed Language Instruction (7-12)
The focus of this session is to provide language teachers with pedagogical tools and activities to enhance their language classes and help their students learn in a fun and effective way through the use of a self-created iBook. Our goal is to present ideas on how to leverage the iPad’s capabilities in order to make teaching more effective and fluid, and learning more fun and tailored to each individual student. We will present our audience with a variety of ideas and activities that integrate the iPad and language-friendly apps in the language classroom. We will demonstrate a self-created Spanish iBook that has been used for the last two years as a pilot program in our world languages department.
This is a great session for anyone starting out with iPads to those of us who have experience and are looking for more ideas!
>>Clasroom 2.0, How making an iBook has transformed language instruction (K-12) (Google Presentation)
>>LiveBlog by Jen Carey
Reshan Richards - Explain Everything: Demonstrating Understanding with Screencasting and Other Multimedia
Screencasting on the iPad has become an increasingly popular approach since the dawn of this transformative device. But what happens when students, not just teachers, are engaged in the process of creating multimedia representations of their understanding? In this session participants will engage in a series of increasingly creative, challenging, and collaborative activities that leverage mobile multimedia authoring as a means for sharing what they or their groups know. Be prepared to think, create, and share!
>> Explain Everything: Demonstrating Understanding with Screencasting and Other Multimedia (blog)
>> Live blog by Jen Carey
Marianna Ricketson-Husain & Kim McLaughlin – The iPad Learning Revolution
What happens when you put an iPad into the hands of EVERY student at your school? A LEARNING REVOLUTION, of course! Join the journey of how 1:1 iPads fostered a necessary uprising from within the classroom. We will take you through each stage of our transformation from preparing our teachers for 1:1 to celebrating their successes of integrating technology into their curriculum. INTEGRATED K-5 LESSONS AND PROJECTS from our talented staff and students will be shared as well as APP LISTS and CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TIPS, culminating in a METAMORPHOSIS OF LEARNING SPACES that demand creativity, mobility, and differentiation reign in the learning environment.
>>The iPad Learning Revolution (iTune U Course)
Kris Schwengel - SimCity As A Thematic Unit to Inspire Writers
This session presents an actual example of how to authentically and dynamically leverage iPad usage in the classroom to motivate writers and build skills. Students learn both how to plan and manage a city while using a variety of writing styles and skills in authentic challenges. The recipe is simple: SimCity supports the writing program while the writing program supports SimCity. We will cover the fun curriculum developed for this unit of study, as well as both the philosophical and practical aspects of this unique approach to learning.
Ken Shelton – Pictures in Motion – Visual Storytelling with the iPad
Storytelling can serve as a useful mechanism in a myriad of pedagogical ways. Whether it be through instruction, assessment, or even knowledge representation the foundational methodologies in producing meaningful and engaging motion picture stories are the same. The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with a solid foundational background on the pedagogical uses of video production in the classroom using an iPad. We will cover and discuss everything from appropriate terminology, to production strategies, filming methods, and finally applications for learning.
Ken Shelton – Designing Visual Thinking
Vision is our most dominant sense. We often are able to better recall experiences, important information, or even organize our thoughts more efficiently through visual means than any other method. In this session we will examine why visual thinking is a more efficient strategy for learning and how it can be utilized to reach a variety of diverse learners.
>>Backchannel conversation from the session (Link to PDF in Drive)
Adina Sullivan - Images and Video as a Springboard to Learning
Whether you are working with reluctant writers, struggling readers, English Language Learners, or new concepts; photos and videos offer what words alone cannot. Come learn how to use pictures and video to explain concepts, provide a stimulus for writing, and kick-start inquiry-based learning across the curriculum. We’ll be integrating tools for the teacher to use as part of instruction, as well as for students to use to demonstrate knowledge and showcase proficiency. Ideas for locating resources, infusing into lessons, student creation, and sharing will be included.
>>Images & Video as a Springboard to Learning (Link to Presentation Materials)
Nathan Talley - Don’t Text in Class – Learning a New Cultural Fluency of Visual Communication for the Classroom
The world initiates a visual conversation with our students all the time, and while many can understand the language, they cannot speak it. Come discover how teachers and students alike can start learning and speaking this cultural fluency by moving their presentations from text-heavy to visually engaging ones. Gain practical tips for immediate implementation, and see how visual communication can not only help students remember important ideas but can also serve as a means to deeper thinking and relevant communication skills. This literacy applies across all disciplines. Math skeptics are welcome.
>>Don’t Text in Class (Handout)
Lanette Walters - Kinder Content Creators: Keeping Engagement and Curiosity in iPad Classrooms K-2
Participants will gain an understanding of the value of using content creation apps in PK-2 classrooms and see how to use our youngest students’ natural curiosity as a catalyst for creativity revealed through the iPad. Our youngest are able to demonstrate high order thinking skills through the use of movie making apps, mind mapping apps, creativity apps, and presentation apps. As teachers we just need to inspire, guide students, and let them soar. Participants will see project examples from PK-2 classrooms that are utilizing iPads in a 1:1 environment. Some examples include: how students use iDiary to create hypotheses, ask questions and keep a science diary; how students use Popplet to explain a process in pictures alone; how beginning readers use fotobabble to record and reflect on their own reading processes; and how students synthesize information using Pic Collage. Students’ personal connection to content leads to a greater retention of concepts which can be gained through open ended apps on the iPad in the PK-2 classroom.
>>Kinder Content Creators: Keeping Engagement and Curiosity in iPad Classrooms K-2 (Powerpoint)
Kristen Wideen - Using iPads for Inquiry Based Learning
In this session you will learn strategies and practical ways to use iPads to promote curiosity, creativity, and exploration in your primary classroom. Creating a classroom environment where students’ questions and observations are part of the daily work will be discussed in detail. Specific apps that promote inquiry and research skills will be shared. How to incorporate Twitter, student blogs and student led global projects to promote an authentic audience for your students to connect with will be discussed. Find out how your students can answer essential questions, meet curriculum standards, and grow in observation, inquisitiveness, and reflective learning.
>>Inquiry and iPads (Google Doc with links)
Tim Yenca - iPad Workflow and U – An Overview of iTunes U Course Manager
This presentation will review iTunes U from both the perspective of the student and the instructor. Essential information regarding iTunes U course creation will be shared. This will include a demo on using iTunes U Course Manager to quickly curate and organize content to create a course in iTunes U. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the various ways that iTunes U can be used in their role in education. *It should be noted that the iTunes U course manager system is web-based and can be accessed by either a PC or Mac computer. The iTunes U course is viewed on the iPad using the iTunes U app. Participants should have the iTunes U app downloaded to their iPads prior to attending this workshop.
>>iPad Workflow and U – An overview of iTunesU Course Manager (iTunes U course need an iOS device to access)
Matt Baier & Kathy Garcia - Conquering Technology – Episode 1: Gamify Your Professional Development
While educators utilize innovative and media rich materials in the classroom, professional development remains largely trapped in the traditional, static models of pedagogy. Cathedral Catholic has transformed their PD program to incorporate the techniques of gamification to motivate their faculty to take their teaching skills to the next level. By leveraging the power of iPad and iTunes U, teachers take ownership of their own learning, collaborate with one another, and enjoy taking risks to expand their instructional repertoire. Teachers execute challenges, level up, and complete episodes to earn recognition, in-house certification, skill advancement, and even money! Badges and prizes are also awarded. This presentation will explore the creation and implementation process of such a program, highlighting not only the successes but also discuss the mistakes and pitfalls to avoid.
Questions we will answer:
>>Conquering Technology (Google Site)
Sara Chai & Mari Venturino - DIY Genius Bar: Embracing Student Leadership
Learn how Sweetwater Union High School District is creating student technology leaders. Teachers from Montgomery Middle School and Mar Vista Academy will share strategies for establishing Genius Bar groups at your own school. You will walk away with great resources that include the student application process, how-to guides, and ways to foster relationships between students, teachers, and administrators. Not only will this build community at your school site, but the implementation of Genius Bars are designed to empower students and allow them opportunities to shine. Teacher leaders will also share ideas on how to train students and provide student leaders with opportunities throughout the year to continue to sharpen their tech skills.
>>DIY Genius Bar: Embracing Student Leadership (Weebly Website)
>>Live Blog from Jen Carey
Tom Daccord – 5 Keys to Building a Successful iPad Program
In successful iPad programs conversations about pedagogy center the iPad properly as an effective learning device. Explore how schools that share a common constructivist vision for learning, extensive and sustained support for teachers, and a willingness to learn from others are much more likely to reap the benefits of iPads. We will look at challenges faced by schools and districts in developing effective iPad programs and strategies to make instructional practice dynamic and purposeful.
>>5 Keys to Building a Successful iPad Program (Google Presentation)
Tom Daccord – Challenge-Based, One-Screen, & T21: The EdTechTeacher Approach to iPad PD
Learn about EdTechTeacher’s philosophical and practical approach to iPad professional development and explore a blended model that provides sustained individual and community support. Explore how EdTechTeacher moves teachers through a consumption-curation-creation-connection pedagogical spectrum and helps them nurture creative learning environments. We will look at particular strategies to make hands-on and online iPad PD dynamic, interactive, and meaningful to teacher practice.
>>Challenge-Based, One-Screen, & T21: The EdTechTeacher Approach to iPad PD (Google Presentation)
>> Live Blog by Kate Wilson
Brian Foutty & David Book - App Development for Busy Educators
Would you like to create stunning, dynamic apps that are customized to your individual classroom and/or school district without having to go back to school for a computer science degree? The solution: Buzztouch.com. It is a solution that will allow you to develop an app that is be able to have new classroom or school content added quickly and easily, without the 3-5 day waiting period for an app update. But most importantly, it is a mobile development platform that will allow you (as a busy education professional with many other responsibilities and time constrictions that come with being an educator) to develop an app quickly, without an extensive knowledge of coding, and without investment in university courses in software engineering.
This will be a working session in which we will create a basic, functioning app which you can modify. When we finish this section you will have a simple, functioning app that will run on the iOS Simulator on your Mac which you can then modify, add to, and change as much as you would like to further learn app development.
NOTE: Attendees of this session should have a Mac with Xcode 5 downloaded and have signed up for a Guest or Member account of Buzztouch.com so that each person can participate fully and start developing their app in the session. Attendees will given access to an iTunes U course complete with screen casts of this process for further review at a later time.
>>App Development for Busy Educators (iTunes U Course)
Aida Glimme, Karen Findlay, & Cass Mulholland - Control + Alt + SHIFT: How to Change a School Culture from iPads as a Tech Toy to a Learning Tool
In this session, participants will gain practical knowledge on how to implement iPads in a meaningful way, embed them into the curriculum and create a culture where technology and iPads are a tool to achieve deeper learning. This session is catered for school and curriculum leaders. It will include strategies on how to move into a 1:1 program, provide examples of successful staff development models, and ways to educate and train faculty. The session will also include ways to involve the parent community, fundraising groups, and get the students on board.
The presentation will be led by the Acalanes High School principal and the technology leadership team. Acalanes High School has been recognized by Apple as the Apple Distinguished program.
>>Control+Alt+SHIFT: How to Change a School Culture from iPads as a Tech Toy to a Learning Tool (Powerpoint)
Carl Hooker - Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 Initiative
While having access to ubiquitous technology like mobile devices has its benefits, there are a lot of pitfalls to look out for before, during and after implementation. In this session be prepared to laugh and learn as @mrhooker takes you through an informative 3-year journey of his district’s 1:1 implementation. Whether you are a classroom teacher, an administrator, or a tech director, knowing what mistakes to avoid will help put your school on the path to 1:1 success.
>>Top 10 Things not to do ( Keynote Presentation PDF)
>>Live Blog by Kate Wilson
Carl Hooker - The New Digital Brain & Classrooms of Today
We have a exponential influx of technology spreading throughout our society and in our schools. These tools have potential for both good and evil when it comes to how we learn, process and interact. In this session we’ll talk about how our brains are changing to this new norm and what that means for learning in classrooms of today. Come prepared to think!
>>The New Digital Brain and Classroom of Today (Keynote Presentation PDF)
Douglas Kiang - What Does the Classroom of the Future Look Like?
What is the DIY “Maker” movement, and what does it mean for the future? Where do students feel the most creative? How can we create a sense of community in our classrooms? Come catch a glimpse of what a future classroom might look like, in both its curriculum and its physical space. We’ll explore how companies like Google foster creativity and innovation, and see what kids’ visions of a “learning center” might look like. Finally, we’ll look at an original way to create stronger community in the classroom using the popular game Minecraft as a virtual learning environment.
>>What Does the Classroom of the Future Look Like? (Google Handout)
>> Live Blog from Beth Holland
Ellen Kraska & Smita Kolhatkar - How Educators Navigate the Rocky Road: aka, iPad Integration in the Classroom by Change Agents in Palo Alto
In this presentation, technology integration coaches from Palo Alto share their stories, ups and downs, hurdles, milestones, strategies, tips and tricks, and successes.
We have iPads? Now what do we do? Can we get apps? Can we have the same apps? Can we use iPads anytime? Should I learn the app? But an iPad doesn’t do everything a computer does.
These are just some of the questions that coaches face as they try and enable teachers to integrate technology seamlessly into their curriculum and classrooms on a daily basis. Trying to move the mindset of teachers from the drill and kill apps to meaningful, consistent, higher order thinking programs using the iPad is the goal.
The presenters will share their success stories, discuss various aspects of coaching, strategies, enabling the use of the iPad as a creative tool that have been incorporated as well as frustrations along the way.
The other aspect that will be shared will be leveraging the students, their abilities, potential and aptitude for picking up on new skills. Learn how a professional development plan was implemented using the teachers and their students together.
Student work and examples will be shared as well.
Patrick Larkin - Social Media – Employing Tools That Will Change You & Your Schools
The words “social media” get a bad rap in the mainstream media. Social media is learning media with the capacity to allow those who utilize it wisely to collaborate with learners in ways that were previously unimaginable in our schools. This session looks at the role social media played in the evolution of Burlington High School in MA. Explore how this amazing transformation can happen for other educators in your classrooms and schools if you are willing to embrace these modern resources. Discover social media resources that can extend learning and assist educators with building a network of practitioners to help discover concrete examples of classroom and school-wide best practice for any initiative you wish to pursue. Learn about social media tools that can help you get higher levels of engagement in you classrooms and entire school community.
>>Social Media (Keynote presentation on Dropbox)
Patrick Larkin – iLeadership
With the infusion of iPads and other digital tools in our schools, it is important that school administrators, department heads, and other school leaders stay up to date with these resources and model best practice in order to maintain their place as instructional leaders. This session will focus on some of the ways that administrators can model best practice while also improving communication and collaboration.
>>iLeadership (Keynote presentation on Dropbox)
Nathalie Lemelin & Nathalie Simard - Action Research and Classroom Innovations: How One Grade 3 Teacher Combines Reflective Practice and Innovation with a Class Set of iPads
The idea for this research initiative stemmed from a teacher requesting more technology for her classroom but having to show this administration that she was achieving her pedagogical goals while integrating “all this technology”. This grade 3 teacher and the head of innovations in teaching and learning at her school designed a comparative study that would show how pedagogical goals are attained with and without technology and expose the added value of integrating the use of iPads in the classroom.
Throughout the study, the teacher documented her reflections and concerns in a shared journal with her colleague and vice versa. She filmed and recorded herself and her students and her colleague frequently visited her class and recorded her observation on a shared Google document. The two of them met regularly to share ideas and findings.
The two of them looked at the process and products of two grade 3 classes: one using a class set of iPads and one class using traditional means to achieve the same project on “Schools of the past” (class B using the iPads) in the fall semester and “Schools of the future” (class A using the iPads) during the winter term.
While it is still early to report on detailed findings from this study, we believe this approach to classroom practice and professional development is highly empowering for the teacher and has immediate impact on classroom instruction and student learning. They also view this presentation as an opportunity to get feedback from colleagues who share the same passion in teaching and learning with technology.
>>Action Research and Classroom innovations: How one grade 3 teacher combines reflective practice and innovation with a class set of iPads (Presentation)
Barbara Nemko & Hall Davidson - How to Speak So School Boards Listen About the Digital Transformation
School boards need to support the transformation to digital. From big picture to case studies, this presentation shows a successful approach to helping them understand. Based on a series of presentations to state and local school board associations, this session shows participants the integrated power of digital resources on iPads, including digital textbooks on iPads. Because school boards are often furthest from classroom practice, they are too often behind in the understanding of what the digital transformation of resources truly means and how much impact they can have for measurable rises in teaching and learning. This presentation will give CTO’s, superintendents, and educational technology advocates tools to share vision with their boards. Participants will learn to effectively use case studies from across the United States. They will see data from digital adoptions at pre-school, middle school, and high school level and hear from a superintendent who oversaw a digital adoption and convinced a board to expand the program. They will hear the big picture overview from a long time educational technology leader. This has proved to be an important part of building shared vision for boards. The videos, data, and the presentation itself will be available to attendees who can take and adapt it for presentation to their own boards. School board members are welcome in this presentation and there will be time to address their questions. The strengths of both one-to-one programs and many-to-one programs will shared and evaluated.
Cindy Orr - Leading Through Changing Times: Breaking Down the Barriers to Get Results
How do you move a school district from 20th century technology to 21st century technology in eighteen months? This sounds like the beginning of a riddle that all administrators come across sometime during their administration. This is the story of an administrator who was able to answer this riddle successfully. This school district moved from very little technology to a 1:1 iPad program K – 5 in eighteen months. Not only did we move from a 3 star school to a 4 star school during this time, we changed the culture of the school. Saying that iPads saved our school might sound like an exaggeration; however, it did change the culture of our school to a more positive and collaborative environment.
As superintendent/elementary principal of a small rural school district in Idaho, we created a plan to implement technology. We had hoped that we would end up with 1:1 technology K – 12. That was the goal. However, the evolution of this plan was so much more than adding iPads in the elementary school. We moved from teachers who never thought the technology would work to using Educreations to teach math when the teacher was out for the afternoon. How did we break down these negative barriers and move to a technology model for the state? It took time, respect for all staff members, and support. We began with the administration. They learned the technology first and were required to use it in their daily actions. Then we gave the technology to all staff members, teachers and paraprofessionals, with the expectation that the iPad was theirs to use personally. Once they saw the uses in their personal lives, the technology flowed into their work lives as well. It was a simple plan, but simple is not always easy.
>>Leading Through Changing Times: Breaking Barriers to Get Results (Powerpoint and Handout)
Don Orth – Intentional Learning Space – How to redesign your classroom
Environment is not neutral. Where learning occurs is an important as how, with whom and when we learn. Education is changing rapidly – common core, making, PBL, collaboration, and technology require us to rethink the format, delivery, and tools used in education. Yet classrooms remain largely unchanged. This session will discuss how to hack/redesign your own classrooms to transform teaching and learning without spending a fortune.
>>Intentional Learning Space – How to redesign your classroom (Website)
Don Orth – What you really need for success – What are the Top Components for an iPad school and how do you implement them?
This session will cut through the smoke and mirrors about iPad programs in schools and address the top components for a successful 1:1 and how to implement them. While every school is different, these are all a must-have. You will walk away from this session with a fast-paced, experienced-based check list of what works and what you need to do to get them done.
>>What you really need for success – What are the Top 5 components for an iPad school and how do you implement them (Presentation)
Justin Reich - The School Leader’s iPad Implementation Checklist
Your school has decided to go ahead with that iPad pilot or rollout: what now? Or you are a year or two into the process, and the crisis fires are out and the dust has settled: how do you keep the focus on improving student learning? In this session, we’ll examine some of the critical considerations for teacher-leaders, IT staff, principals and other administators leading iPad efforts in schools and districts. We’ll explore a checklist of key strategies for success, drawn from educational research and the example of the most successful early iPad implementations.
>>School Leaders iPad Implementation Checklist (Google Presentation)
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 a case study of competing and complementary approaches to connecting learning goals to a technology integration plan. 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. This session will be almost entirely participant small-group discussions of a case study–a great chance to meet new people and have rich conversations about complex problems.
Audrey Watters - Who Owns Student Data? An Educator’s Guide to Terms of Service and Privacy Policies
TL;DR — “Too Long; Didn’t Read.” It’s become an Internet mantra, and one that certainly pertains to lengthy terms of service agreements that we click on without reading. But what do these documents say about student data? Who owns it? Who owns copyright? How is students’ privacy and identity protected? This workshop will dig deeper. These are questions that are too often not being asked before applications and various tools are adopted. This session will perform a “close reading” of various companies’ TOS and help educators understand them, ask questions about them.
>>Who Owns Student Data? An Educator’s Guide to Terms of Service and Privacy Policies (Google Handout)
Jennifer Carey - Retroactively Managing an iPad Program: Centralizing an iPad Program That Precedes Policy
iPad has been adopted faster than any other technological tool in education. Consequently, iPads have been adapted at different rates and manners in many schools. Administrators find themselves with an iPad program before they have developed an existing policy. Often times, these policies evolve sporadically and in different ways. For example, students may bring their own iPad as part of a formal or information BYOD program; faculty may use school funds or grant monies to purchase individual or classroom iPads; iPad carts are often purchased without full implementation processes; department chairs may designate iPad deployments for their subordinates – these are but a few options.
When I was hired at Ransom Everglades, I was inadvertently placed in charge of an existing iPad program that did not formally exist. It quickly became my job to develop and implement the means to catalogue, manage, write app purchasing processes, and formalize best practice policies of an iPad program after the fact.
I then navigated the good, bad, and ugly of the process of implementing an iPad program after dozens of iPads had been purchased for faculty, staff, and students. I’ve learned much from the achievements and shortcomings of my experiences, including how to develop effective best practices that tackle taxation and legal concerns as well as how to effectively address the apprehensions of administrators and staff when employing policy after a tradition of informal practice. During my presentation, I’ll also discuss how to execute policies that are flexible and adaptable enough to fit current and future needs of a school. In retroactively developing an effective iPad policy, it is necessary to focus not only on the ins and outs of management, but the concerns of school personnel, incorporate flexibility, and take into account current needs and practice.
>>Retroactively Managing an iPad Program (Dropbox files)
>>LiveBlog by Kate Wilson
Smita Kolhatkar - 1:1 Devices: The Glamorous and Not-so-Glamorous Aspects of the Program in an Elementary Classroom Setting
iPads have been the fastest selling technological tool in the history of education. Whether or not to implement 1:1 in a classroom or multiple is a question facing several educators today. Our administrator made the decision to go 1:1 in our fifth grade classrooms a year back. As we reflect during our second year now, there are some very valuable lessons to be learned. This presentation will address both in a way that can aid those persons already in the process of implementation or those who haven’t started yet.
This was a pilot program in our K-12 unified district in fifth grade. It was initially an uphill task despite support from administrators. We learned several lessons along the way. Moving from a class set of 6 iPads to 1:1 was glamorous sounding but was it really? There were several practical aspects to be considered as also several emotional aspects to be taken into account.
This presentation will walk you through what we learned from our mistakes, what may be required in an elementary setting for a successful 1:1 iPad (or any technical tool) implementation, tips and tricks as far as classroom management goes, how digital citizenship is seamlessly integrated into students’ daily lives, how this tool can be used as a daily reference tool as well as a creative tool, the processes that need to be in place as we move along and how students enjoy using their own iPads in a fifth grade.
Lastly, the most important aspect of this or any program is the students. That is the reason why these purchase decisions need to be made. Capitalizing on student power is key and we will also talk about how we leveraged that potential to implement the program successfully in our setting.
Paul Zenke - Service Design: A User-Centered Approach to Creating or Improving Your School’s iPad Initiative
This interactive presentation will argue that Service Design, the thoughtful orchestration of people, products, and processes to address well-understood user needs, is a viable tool for creating or refining K-20 iPad initiatives. Service Design employs ethnographic research methods to glean insights into how users experience services. These insights are especially valuable for teachers, technical staff, and administrators while creating or improving integrated iPad support processes that aim to make your initiative’s backstage technical processes invisible to students. In this workshop, First Last name, will illustrate service design’s key concepts through lessons learned from managing Name University’s iPads for Learning project. Additionally, First Name will demonstrate how ethnographic research can be used to help you create your own customer journey map, an important service design tool that will help your team visualize how to create or improve your user’s iPad experience from start to finish.
>>Service Design: A User-Centered Approach to Creating or Improving Your School’s iPad Initiative (Presentation)
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