Summer workshops for teachers from coast to coast

Summer 2014 brought our largest Summer Workshops Series to date!

We had an incredible program of hands-on summer workshops for teachers in six cities across the country: Atlanta, Austin, Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Check out the full list of agendas and resources or download the Summer 2014 Course Catalog.


Summer 2015

The 2015 schedule will be confirmed in Early 2015 but the offerings will be similar to 2014. Be sure to check our website for more details.



Popular Summer Workshops for teachers and leaders returning in 2015:

iPad Classroom

iPad and iPad Mini have taken classrooms by storm, quickly emerging as the mobile device of choice. This session focuses on effective iPad innovation from both a conceptual as well as a 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 to connection.

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 audio, video, and screencasts to digital notebooks and eBooks, we will look at the potential for creating new learning objects.

Curation: In this phase, not only will we discuss workflow challenges and cloud storage solutions, but also strategies and best practices for constructing innovative learning environments that leverage the digital content created by students and teachers.

Connection & Collaboration: Given the potential to instantly publish and collaborate from iPad, we will explore the potential for creating a connected classroom that expands beyond the walls of the school through collaborative projects, digital portfolios, blogs, and social media.

Advanced iPad Classroom

In this hands-on, intensive, two day workshop, participants will explore advanced topics in classroom iPad integration such as App Fluency, App Smashing, curation, and collaboration. Advanced workflow strategies will be covered as well as the creation of student portfolios, multi-app combination scenarios to create new multimedia content, and publishing content to the web. Participants will be given hands-on time to explore, practice and refine their skills throughout the workshop. To culminate the session, participants will redesign an existing unit, project, or lesson to thoughtfully integrate iPads. Who Should Attend: Participants who have previously attended an EdTechTeacher iPad Classroom Summer Workshop, an iPad Summit Pre-Conference Workshop, or teachers and administrators who have at least one year of experience in a 1:1 or shared iPad classroom.

Technology in the Elementary Classroom

Whether your students have access to a computer lab, a cart of iPads, or a handful of laptops, technology can enhance and extend the learning context when used in appropriate and meaningful ways. In this workshop, we will explore tools, apps, activities, and strategies that nurture essential K-4 developmental and learning skills such as fluency, numeracy, storytelling, and voice. Using the Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (C-R-C-D) model from Ben Schneiderman’s book, Leonardo’s Laptop, as a framework, we will develop lessons and projects, communication and collaboration strategies, digital portfolios, and blogs. Additionally, we will examine the best K-4 web sites as well as work with a combination of web tools and apps, in order to build creative, collaborative, and globally connected classrooms. The projects, concepts, and tools addressed in this workshop not only align to The Common Core State Standards, but also to the 4Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Creativity – as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Chromebooks & the Google Infused Classroom

Do you want to learn how to use Google Apps and Chromebooks more effectively in your classroom to create an innovative and collaborative environment? In this workshop, we will look at proven strategies for using Chromebooks, the Chrome Browser, and Google Apps for Education in ways that purposefully impact student learning. First, we will begin by making the most of Google Drive, Chrome Apps, and Extensions, learning how to make instructional improvements that allow for thoughtful and purposeful use of these tools in the classroom. Then, we will examine ways to leverage the power of YouTube Channels, Calendar, Sites and more to support high-level classroom instruction. From Google Docs for collaboration to Google Sites for publishing, we will explore all of the amazing ways to use Google Apps for Education to redefine learning and inspire your students curiosity and creativity. At the end of this workshop, participants will leave with strategies and ideas for effectively using Google Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education to increase critical thinking skills and improve information literacy. Participants will also develop a set of strategies for creating an innovative, collaborative classroom.

Teaching History with Technology

Whether your students have access to a computer lab, a cart of iPads, or a handful of laptops, technology can enhance The Teaching History With Technology Workshop is an intensive hands-on environment for history and social studies educators to explore practical, dynamic and creative ways to use technology in the classroom to enhance their curricula and provide students with unique opportunities to create original content to demonstrate their unique understanding of course content. The workshop explores innovative ideas, effective techniques and thoughtful approaches for incorporating web tools, apps and emerging technologies into the history and social studies classroom. The workshop explores numerous examples and resources of the best history-related content and examples highlighted include resources applicable to World History, United States History and Civics for middle school, high school and college. The workshop also emphasizes the use of technology to provide students with the ability to create unique and creative demonstrations of their understanding through the use of web 2.0 tools including, but not limited to: blogs, podcasts, digital storytelling, screencasting, collaborative writing and presentations, social networking and other emerging technologies. The projects, concepts, and tools addressed in this workshop not only apply to The Common Core State Standards, but also to the 4Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Creativity – as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Leading, Implementing, & Evaluating 1:1 Classroom Learning

This workshop is designed for school leaders working to make a 1:1 technology environment and 21st Century Learning essential elements of school culture and intellectual life. The workshop is organized around three core themes:

• Why Change? Making the case for 1:1 instruction and 21st Century Skills.

• What Does Change Look Like? Envisioning and enacting 1:1 learning and 21st Century skill development across a school or district.

• Assessing Change in Changing Times: Monitoring school progress towards 1:1 learning goals.

• We’ll examine strategies for convincing diverse stakeholder groups — students, teachers, parents, administrators, and school board members — about the imperatives of 1:1 instruction and 21st Century Skills development.

We’ll also examine diverse strategies that schools employ to create a common vision for meaningful, technology-rich learning. We’ll then immerse ourselves in strategies and policies that help transform 1:1 classrooms from assembly lines within a factory model to creative agency classrooms, where students are empowered to create and explore. We’ll examine case studies of schools and districts that have gone 1:1 – iPad or laptop – and evaluate their strategies, policies, and implementation. We will also examine strategies for professional development and examine the issue of performance assessment with 21st Century teaching and learning.

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