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. Lunch options are within walking distance.
- 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Class
- 12:00 pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Class
Beth Holland joined the EdTechTeacher team in July 2011 to expand the online course offerings, instruct at workshops, and bring expertise in elementary education as well as working with assistive technologies to the team. In addition to working with participants, Beth has also increased the amount of content in our Teaching with Technology section of the web site - including the new iPad section. She has presented at the 2011 Global Education Conference, the EdTechTeacher Winter Conference, the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Expo, the MassCUE Technology Conference, Edscape, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit. Bringing over 12 years of education experience, she most recently served as the Director of Academic Technology at St. Michael's Country Day School in Newport, Rhode Island. During her tenure at St. Michael's, she implemented professional development programs to encourage faculty members to integrate technology into their elementary and middle school curricula, designed interdisciplinary, technology-rich projects, taught students in grades 2-8 during technology classes, coordinated with the Student Services Director to facilitate the integration of assistive technologies to support students, and helped to design their iPad pilot program. Before St. Michael's, Beth worked as a researcher at the Naval War College in the Innovation Lab where she designed knowledge management plans to support blended communication environments and researched the potential to create an online environment to streamline training and education which she presented at I/ITSEC. She has also taught 9th grade English at the Rocky HIll School in East Greenwich, RI, and led adventure learning programs for ActionQuest in the Caribbean and Polynesia. Beth holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.
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.
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The cost of this workshop is $745. Please note that our Eventbrite registration system uses PayPal as a payment gateway.
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The cost of this workshop is $745. To pay by check or purchase order, please send your completed registration form and payment to Ileen Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-314-8214 (fax).
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Mendon, MA 01756
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Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to Ileen Matthews at email@example.com. If you have to cancel, we will issue a refund (minus a $25 processing fee) until 21 days before your workshop. After that date, no refunds will be given.
Waiting List Policy
If the workshop is full, we'll put you on the waiting list, and let you know if a spot becomes available.
Professional Development Credits
We have received approval from Framingham State University (Massachusetts) to award 1 (one) graduate credit to participants at a cost of $75. To receive graduate credit participants must be in attendance for all onsite instruction and complete all assigned work. Once registered, participants will receive additional graduate credit details.
We can also award PDPs (Massachusetts) for attendance.
Directions & Travel
The workshops will be held in classrooms leased from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA - minutes from downtown Boston and near Logan Airport. You can reach the workshops by car or public transportation. It is a short walk from the Harvard Square T Stop (the subway), as well as along bus routes. The MBTA website has schedules and details.
If you have not experienced driving in Boston, know that it can be quite a challenge. Parking is limited and expensive - plan on approximately $27 per day in parking around Harvard.
We do also have a list of recommended accommodations in Cambridge.
If you have any questions, please contact us or call (888) 377-9518.