Instructional Technology

Learn Like a Kid – 24/7 Learning with Mobile Devices

This interactive session will explore ways that students use mobile devices to make learning a 24/7 experience. With mobile devices, learners can practice skills, perform research, collaborate and produce creative works! This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information about learning in a connected world.

Instant Feedback – The Advantage of the Paperless Classroom

Providing students with timely feedback is vital in the learning process but with large stacks of papers to carry around it can often take a teacher’s time of days to grade and return assignments. With the iPad, teachers can now easily collect, grade and return work to students from anywhere. Teachers are eliminating the need to shuttle student work back and forth from home or worse lose assignments. Take a deep dive into the paperless classroom and how it can be achieved on the iPad through one simple to use app.

Nuts and Bolts: Developing a 1:1 iPad Program

Are you considering the deployment of an iPad program in your school? This hands-on workshop will take you from the planning stage thru implementation of an Apple Distinguished iPad program now in its third year.

This workshop is hands on and covers topics surrounding leadership, deployment strategies, network infrastructure, apps, content creation, curriculum building, paperless classroom, student engagement, building a support team, protecting devices, configuration and management of the iPads, and professional development strategies Partiipants will explore apps, iBooks, and courses that will assist in designing a program at any level.

iPads for Learning?… Flexible, Personalized and Authentic!

With the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate, interact with experts, and produce creative works! We will examine the iPad’s iOS platform, unique features that support student learning, and applications and activities that support mobile learning. We will discover tips and tricks to get even more out of your Internet communication device. Participants are encouraged to bring their own iPad to fully participate in this interactive session.

Collaborative Learning with Google Tools

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google tools an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to make collaboration a natural way of learning in your classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device to fully participate in this interactive session.

Technology Infused Project Based Learning (PBL)

Do you wish you had more time for project based learning? The shift from breadth to depth with standards based instruction creates opportunities for students to explore real-world problems and challenges, understand the relevance of what they are learning, and pursue their passions. Leverage technology and blended learning strategies to empower students, facilitate collaboration and inspire creativity.

BookBuilding with an iPad

This session would highlight the various apps and methodology that can be utilized in the classroom with special needs students to engage in book building. From a book building app used to explore social skills with an autistic boy to book building apps to dive into science, this session can serve a range of subjects.

Discussion of best practices and methodologies will be followed by a hands- on practice and review of sample books. Participants are encouraged to bring their own iPad to fully participate in this interactive session.

The PowerPoint Plateau: How We Got on It and How We Can Fly Above

Exciting first experiences of PowerPoint have been transformed to teacher drudgery and student boredom. How did we get here? Can we use PowerPoint more effectively? What other options are available?

Finding the Time: How to Integrate Classroom Technology Skills and Still Have a Life

“OK, I understand that we need to build a technology rich classroom, but I have papers to grade!” This session will examine attitudes and approaches to developing necessary classroom technology skills without losing one’s balance, one’s patience, or one’s mind.

Science Investigations Utilizing Apps

With the Next Generation Science Standards having such a strong focus on Engineering, we continue to explore the use of the iPads in STEM content. From apps that engage engineering skills to apps for building lab reports, this training will show how science class + iPad= great fun and engaging ways to learn and BUILD!

App Smack Down

In an App Smack Down, an open forum session is facilitated. Attendees share some of their tried and true apps that they feel are worth sharing. This is a less structured session which features an on-line method of sharing, recording/sharing of app ideas, and TOTAL COLLABORATION! Engaging in discussion in the WHY and HOW of using the apps helps in exploring the use of iPads in education.

iPads in the Classroom: Greatest Hits

An overview of the ways that 1:1 programs have transformed teaching and learning in schools. Explore the top rated Apps used in education to support instruction in the academic content areas, data and assessment, reporting and management.

10 Technology Trends that Will Change Education (and the world)

In a world that changes daily, how are teachers, administrators and technology specialists to plan for the future of instruction? The key is not to look at headlines, breakthrough products, or fads, but to examine the greater trends which these support. This workshop will examine ten major trends in technology that will have impact on education. Through discussion and sharing, we will outline possibilities, challenges, and the ways teachers and administrators can prepare for the elusive horizon of tomorrow.

It’s an iPad World, so How Do I Live (and Teach) in It?

Love it or hate it, the iPad is an enormous player in the race to 1:1 technology access. This workshop will address the questions, concerns, and panic of teachers new to this platform by providing a tool kit of applications that can be used in the classroom on day one. While targeted for teachers, the session will also address the training needs of administrators bringing an iPad 1:1 program into a school.

The Future of Education in a Digital World

Preparing students to embrace their civic duty to contribute to the virtual world in responsible ways is paramount. The session helps educators build digital skills while understanding how to conduct oneself in a civil manner in the virtual space as professionals. Gain a better understanding about the inception and implementation of social media tools from Google to Twitter to other emerging social networks in order to:

  • Better understand their civic as well as ethical responsibilities in the digital realm
  • Provide a real time overview of digital media
  • Further develop critical and lateral thinking as well as just in time learning skills
  • Engage and empower students to become active learners who are able to analyze, compare/contrast and apply acquired knowledge./li>
  • Enhance your presentation skills on and off line.
  • Improve collaborative problem solving skills.
  • Get a concrete curriculum, lesson plans, and interactive activities to promote digital citizenship, civility and collaboration. It’s an engaging exercise!

Google Glass: The Virtual Future

Augmented reality wearable computer are hitting the market. From Dick Tracy-like smart watches to Google Glass, the next frontier in technology is here. Learn firsthand experience, thoughts and expertise on how the device may be put to its best use, relevant, timely and totally engaging.

iPad in the Science Classroom

iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool on a device that students really want to use. Learn how to leverage the iPad in the science classroom to maximize its potential. The session is focused around 6-12th grade best practices for classroom use. Apps will be demonstrated that are useful for various hands-on environmental science, biology and physical science labs. Explore how to select the most effective apps for the classroom and ways to incorporate the iPad into teaching, learning and assessment processes. *this session requires participants to bring an iPad*

Nearpod, Students can be engaged in Math

With an iPad deployment program, students tend sometimes wander off and not focus on a lesson that is being taught. Nearpod, an all-in-one solution for the use of mobile devices in education, can keep students engaged. You can control the use of the iPad during a lesson without having to continuously re- direct students. A presentation will be displayed showing how Nearpod is used in a Math class. A Nearpod presentation will be shown keeping the teachers engaged in order for them to experience what students and teachers can do. Teachers will see how a quiz can be created, interactive with students and display multimedia in the Nearpod presentation. The session will also include a hands-on opportunity to learn how to use Nearpod to build your own presentations. *this session requires participants to bring an iPad*

iPad in the Math Classroom

iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool — a device that students really want to use. Learn how to leverage the iPad in the math classroom to maximize its potential. The session is focused around 6 – 12th grade best practices for classroom use. Apps will be demonstrated and sample lesson plans will be shared from an Algebra Class. Explore how to select the most effective apps for the classroom and ways to incorporate the iPad into teaching, learning and assessment processes. Explore the paperless math classroom and examine how it can be accomplished with the iPad and go hands-on to create your own class. Session requires participants to bring an iPad.

Notability – Organization for Students and Teachers

Notability is the go to app for tens of thousands of students and educators across the world. When used to its fullest potential teachers can easily organize lessons, presentations, powerpoints, and notes to leverage the powerful tools within the app. Integration with existing content is key allowing for guided notes, worksheets, creative projects, diagraming, labeling, and so many more assignments to be created and distributed to students. Learn hands-on from a teacher who has moved teaching from handouts to digital interactives! *This session recommends participants to bring an iPad*

Mobile Learning-Connecting the Real World and the Digital World with QR Codes and Augmented Reality

Have you been wondering about those curious little square codes that are showing up more and more in magazines, stores, theaters, and everywhere else? They are QR Codes and they have the power to link the real-world to the digital-world. In this session we will explore ways to use QR Codes and Augmented Reality to communicate and educate. Be sure to bring your smartphone or mobile device with built-in camera to fully participate in this interactive session.

iPad in the English and Social Science Classroom

Witness the transformation from the traditional classroom to an innovative learning environment. The focus will be on the English classroom; however, cross-curricular aspects can be utilized for other languages or social study classrooms. This presentation will highlight interactive apps, study tools, and creative learning. This session is applicable to Social Studies and Language Classrooms.

Collaborative Learning with Google Tools

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google tools an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to make collaboration a natural way of learning in your classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device to fully participate in this interactive session. Please create a free Gmail or free Google Account (if you do not already have one) prior to this session and bring the login information for your Google Account with you.

Creating a Digital Classroom

An interactive hands-on presentation that includes a guide on how to design a paperless environment from scratch or convert your previously prepared classroom. Learn how to eliminate your file cabinet, flash drive, folders, paper, pencil and many other classroom materials. It is suggested to bring an iPad.

iTeach 101 – iPad Bootcamp

iPads are transforming the classroom, but how do those individual classroom transformations happen? How do those transformations impact an entire school or district?

The most important single factor in determining the success of an iPad program is professional development; putting together a cohesive and comprehensive professional development plan in coordination with your iPad roll out leverages teacher buy-in to create a collaborative atmosphere that will facilitate the success of a 1:1 iPad program and have a sustained, long-term impact far beyond the devices themselves. The iTeach Academy’s iPad Bootcamp goal is to “train the trainer.” By offering an intensive training model, the participants leave with the knowledge and resources necessary to be iPad professional development leaders in their own schools or districts. Training is presented for educators by educators allowing for participants to learn from their peers currently working in classrooms using the iPad in a 1:1 environment. A recommendation of three days of training include the following:

Day 1: Productivity & Creating Content-Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and many other apps are perfect tools to create interactive documents and presentations that are iPad ready. The day will also highlight the teaching potentials of iTunes U, iBooks, and iMovie.

Day 2: Developing a Workflow for Assessment & Evaluation/Student

Engagement on the iPad -A good workflow can either make or break a paperless classroom and learning how to leverage the iPad for assessment and evaluation without taking up extra hours in and out of your classroom.

Apps Supporting Curriculum-There are over 1,000,000 in the apps store! With so many resources it can be difficult to find app content for your classroom. Explore specific apps that can support and enhance your curriculum and learn how to navigate the app store to find what you are looking for quickly.

Day 3: Subject Area Focus

Move beyond single-purpose, skill-focused apps and 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. We will explore models for successful iPad innovation and learn tools that foster meaningful, transformative integration within your subject area.

Nearpod, Student Engagement Made Easy

With technology in the classroom students sometimes tend to wander off and not focus on a lesson that is being taught. Nearpod, an all-in-one solution for the use of mobile devices in education, can keep students engaged. You can control the flow of the presentation during a lesson without having to continuously redirect students. This session will present Nearpod in a classroom to keep students engaged through various means of interactives easily created by the teacher with existing content. The session will also include a hands-on opportunity to learn how to use Nearpod to build your own presentations. This workshop can be done with laptops or tablets (PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPad, Android or Windows 8 Tablet).

Using Digital Applications to Upgrade Your Professional Development Plan

How do you upgrade your professional development structure to implement curriculum mapping or any other major school improvement initiative? How can you integrate Digital 2.0 applications into your training design and model 21st century skills for your staff? During this session, participants will learn strategies to help develop a professional development plan that provides focus and helps to sustain the work long term.

  • Craft realistic goals
  • Unpack the goal(s) and begin to draft an implementation plan
  • Integrate Digital 2.0 tools to enhance the training and model 21st century skills

Appetizers for Your Main Course

An empowering presentation for Pre-K through elementary school teachers showcasing a slew of apps and how each is implemented in multiple subject areas. The interactive presentation highlights cross curricular lesson modification examples.

The Ethical Pirate: How to Use Digital Resources Responsibly and Legally in the Classroom

Is this good instruction, or is it theft? The ready access of digital content has changed the teaching profession for the better…and made it much more complicated. This workshop will explore the murky legal realities of fair use and provide some guidelines for ethical and legal use of on-line resources for teachers and for students. Workshop will include how teachers can protect their own content.

Teacher Level Up

Gamification of Professional Development (how to use the principles of gamification in professional development programs.) This workshop is usually more popular with teacher support people and admins than teachers but can be tweaked to a classroom-focused presentation.

Failure is My Superpower: Learning, Growing, and Communicating through Mistakes, Misdirection, and Dead Ends on the Digital Highway

Despite the best plans and best intentions, many school digital initiatives fail. Whether due to underperforming software, disappointing hardware, or unexpected challenges, teachers and administrators must sometimes regroup or “pull the plug” on a digital program. This workshop will provide all the tools for a successful failure: evaluating when to change directions, taking appropriate lessons for moving forward, and communicating with staff, parents, and students in ways that maintain credibility. Failure doesn’t have to be and end…it can be the beginning of success!

Infusing Technology with High School Social Science Courses

This session will offer information on integrating technology into teachers’ instructional practices and students’ learning experiences. Learn how to use technology to engage and transform learning environments with technology. Learn hands on with others on development technology integrated, project based learning units.