In the past year, iPads and iPad Mini have taken PS-12 classrooms by storm, quickly emerging as the mobile device of choice. As iPad evolves - and its apps become increasingly powerful - the device becomes more versatile, and its creative potential increases. This session focuses on effective iPad innovation from both a conceptual and practical standpoint. Beginning with understanding the device itself and the features of the iOS, we will move along a path from consumption to creation to curation with iPad.
Consumption: in this first phase, we will explore ways in which iPads can be used to consume content, focusing on reading, research, and accessing multimedia.
Creation: a majority of the workshop will focus on what students and teachers can do with iPad. From creating audio, video, and screencasts to digital notebooks, collaborative writing pieces, and eBooks, we will look at some of the most intriguing apps that increase the device's creative potential.
Curation: finally, we will examine strategies and best practices for constructing innovative learning environments that leverage the digital content created by students and teachers. In this phase, not only we will discuss workflow challenges, learning management systems, and cloud storage solutions, but also effective uses of these tools to create a dynamic learning environment.
EdTechTeacher does not provide iPads for the workshop. Please bring your own device. We strongly recommend that you update all apps before attending the workshop. A list of recommended apps will be emailed to you in advance of the workshop. WiFi will be available.
We will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and strongly recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early on the first day in order to get set up. Coffee and snacks will be available each morning. There are lunch options within walking distance of the University.
- 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Class
- 12:00 pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Class
Tom Daccord is an educational technology speaker, instructor, and writer who has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and The Best of History Web Sites, Tom has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), and ICTLT (Asia). He has produced a series of online courses on Web 2.0 and iPad integration, as well as 21st century school leadership and classroom assessment. A former social studies teacher who instructed in a laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence.” In addition to leading EdTechTeacher, Tom currently serves as President of the National Council of Social Studies Technology Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2010 NCSS Conference. Tom is also an advisor to Massachusetts Computer Users in Education (MassCUE), and the Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), and serves as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project consultant. He is the creator of Best History Web Sites, an award-winning portal, and The Center for Teaching History with Technology, dedicated to helping K-12 history and social studies teachers effectively incorporate technology into their courses. Tom also created Teaching English with Technology, designed to guide K-12 English and Language Arts teachers in their use of technology in the classroom. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom has taught in Quebec, France, Switzerland, and the United States.
Shawn McCusker has 18 years of experience as a middle school and high school teacher. He has taught in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He earned his B.A. in history from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago. On Twitter, Shawn is the co-leader of #sschat, an online social studies community, and the creator of #1to1techat, which conducts discussions of effective leadership and teaching practices for 1:1 programs. He is also an organizer of both EdCampChicago and EdCampSocialStudies. He has presented at national and local conferences such as the National Council for Social Studies, and the ILCHE/IMSA Conference. Shawn is currently an American Studies and World History teacher at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois where he teaches in a 1:1 iPad pilot.
Heather Kilgallon has been teaching U.S. History, Sociology and Psychology at Cary-Grove High School for 8 years. She is endorsed to teach all Social Sciences, Special Ed and ESL, and in 8 years of teaching, she has also taught Anthropology, Global Studies, and U.S. History. Heather received a Bachelors of Social Science Education from Western Illinois University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Xavier University. Currently, she is working on her online teaching endorsement from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. This school year, Heather is piloting a class set of Chromebooks. Heather is a member of the National Council for Social Studies, CHI-TOPPS, and CAST, a Chicago based organization for Psychology and Sociology high school teachers. Along with teaching high schoolers, Heather teaches, “Web Tools” a professional development course through her school district to teachers in order to help them incorporate technology into their everyday classroom. In 2011, Heather helped organize EdCamp Social Studies and has since jumped on board to help with EdCamp Chicago. You can follow Heather on twitter (@irishteach). She actively participates in #sschat and is one of the co-founders of #psychat, a chat for high school psychology teachers.
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Travel and Logistics
The workshops will be held at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law located at 25 E Pearson St Chicago, IL 60611 on the Water Tower Campus. The building is conveniently located near historic Michigan Avenue in downtown, and is accessible by public transportation. Parking is also available nearby.
There are numerous hotel options near the School of Law including Baumhart Lodging at the University. Located two blocks west of the historical Water Tower and Magnificent Mile, Baumhart Hall is a high-rise deluxe apartment-style residence hall in the heart of Chicago. Each apartment includes two bedrooms, WiFi, and a full kitchen.
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