South Africa iPad Summit 2016

EdTechTeacher San Africa iPad Summit 2016

Event Overview

For the second year in a row, iSchoolAfrica invited Tom Daccord, Beth Holland, and Sabba Quidwai as keynote and featured speakers to explore teaching and learning in changing times with the goal of making the South African iPad Summit 2016 more awesome, more inspiring than the last. This event was run by iSchoolAfrica and Think Ahead featuring exclusively EdTechTeacher instructors. Here was the schedule:

Monday, March  14th:


  • 8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and coffee


  • 9:00am – 10:30am:Tom Daccord, Co-founder and Director of EdTechTeacher, Keynote
  • Keynote: Building the iPad Teacher For years, EdTechTeacher have been working with schools in all stages of iPad integration. One fundamental truism has emerged: the real challenge for educators is not learning the iPad- it’s working to develop a pedagogical vision of what’s possible and implementing a strategic plan to make it happen. From concepts to practice, this session will focus on progressing the iPad classroom and iPad program from “1.0 to 3.0.” It begins with a vision of what we want students to do and a plan for how we get there. It includes positioning the iPad as a portable media creation device to support all learners in diverse student performances of understanding. It involves constructing activities that encourage ingenuity and nurture innovative, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial minds. It integrates specific classroom strategies, such as “challenge-based” instruction, “Evergreen App” convergence, and “App-Smashing” creations. Whether beginning an iPad classroom or assessing an iPad programme, this keynote will help you develop and nurture an iPad “culture of innovation”— an environment that encourages students to be active, immersed and creative thinkers.

  • 10:30am – 10:45am: Break


  • 10:45- 12:45: Attendees an option of 3 two hour hands on sessions:
    • Advanced content creation in the primary school classroom with Beth HollandEven the youngest of students can “App Smash.” We will look at how to develop App Fluency in primary classrooms and scaffold the process of teaching students to become active constructors of their own learning artifacts as well as master problem-solvers.

    • A classroom in the cloud with iTunes U, with Sabba Quidwai : iTunes U brings custom content to student iPads and helps them to navigate the information in a clear and concise manner. With the recent updates, students can curate all of their course content and notes in one place while teachers can track their progress and mark grades. Teachers can send out assignments and students can hand in assignments. Furthermore, iTunes U provides an opportunity to build community in the cloud through interactive discussions.

    • Idea garden: turning Evergreen Apps into performances of understanding with Tom DaccordThere are incredible opportunities for active learning when educators consider how a small suite of apps can support diverse student performances of understanding. In this session, we’ll explore how to turn a small set of “Evergreen Apps” into limitless instructional possibilities. Evergreen Apps are non-subject apps useful for speaking, writing, listening, drawing, annotating, collaborating and more. Using apps that help students consume, curate and create – educators have more than enough firepower to develop creative and purposeful activities that extend the entire academic year.

  •  12:45pm – 1:45pm: Lunch
  •  1:45pm – 3:45pm: Attendees an option of 3 two hour hands on sessions:
    • Coding, making, & critical thinking with Beth Holland: Coding, making, and algorithmic thinking are being promoted as “the new 21st century literacy.” The goal of this session is to provide educators the opportunity to explore ideas and approaches to facilitate a creatively curious learning environment. From hands-on, “unplugged” activities to logic-based coding exercises, come learn ways to provide your students with a new way to engage in critical thinking and express their learning.

    • Tell your story with social media with Sabba Quidwai: Who better to tell the story of your classroom than you and your students? Whether you choose Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, or any other social media tools, with iPads, you have the power to share your learning with a broader community. In this session, you will learn tools to tell and share your story as well as strategies for using them with your students.

    • Design the iPad school of the future with Tom Daccord: What if there were no limitations? What if resources were not a problem? What would the ideal iPad learning environment look like? In this brainstorming session, we will explore the school for the future from diverse perspectives – curriculum, pedagogy, professional learning and physical space. Come evaluate provocative future-learning scenarios and better understand the choices that must be made. Learn the importance of vision and planning and what happens in its absence. Come contribute your ideas and see what could be possible.

  • 3:45pm – 5:00pm: Regroup, What I learnt today, prizes and closing


Tuesday, March 15th


  • 8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and coffee


  • 9:00am – 10:30am: Beth Holland Keynote
  • Keynote: Are iPads in the Driver’s Seat? What Really Drives Student Learning: iPads have been said to engage, captivate, and motivate students, but what really drives student learning? If the ultimate goal is for students to become life-long learners, we will explore ways in which iPads can be used in the service of that objective. Beyond the “carrot of a shiny device,” thoughtful use of iPads can help to foster intrinsic motivation in your students through connection, choice and the opportunity to make a difference in the real world.

  • 10:30am – 10:45am: Break


  • 10:45- 12:45: Attendees an option of 3 two hour hands on sessions:
    • Creating custom course content with Beth HollandiPads provide excellent opportunities for students to engage with content in a number of ways. In this session, we will explore ways that teachers can easily create and curate content for students to then access via their iPads. In particular, we will examine the power of PDFs – how to create them as well as how students can manipulate them with apps. We will also look at ways that teachers can create custom eBooks.

    • 5 iPad apps to make thinking visible with Sabba Quidwai Beyond the confines of an 8.5×11 page, how can students truly show what they know? With iPads, the opportunities for students to demonstrate their thinking and understanding are virtually unlimited. We will examine both the capabilities of the device to scaffold how students make their thinking visible as well as strategies to support their thinking and reflection.

    • Formative and visual assessment with Tom DaccordFormative is an exciting new instant response system that enables teachers to upload Word and PDF documents online and insert interactive questions that can be automatically graded. Formative also allows for the insertion of YouTube videos into documents. In addition to traditional text responses, students can draw and upload images as part of their answers and teachers can view all student responses in real time. Padlet is an intuitive web and app-based interactive platform that accommodates text, audio, video and more and helps facilitate many purposeful pre-assessment and formative assessment activities. In this session you’ll experience both Formative’s and Padlet’s engaging features and the powerful ways that both can be used for visual, formative assessment.

  •  12:45pm – 1:45pm: Lunch


  •  1:45pm – 3:45pm: Attendees an option of 3 two hour hands on sessions:
    • Combining the Physical and Digital with Beth Holland: When students have an opportunity to combine physical and digital resources, they can engage in deeper inquiry, access content through a variety of modalities and experience learning in a whole new way. In this session, we will look at how to use QR codes and Augmented Reality to extend the learning context.

    • Digital Portfolios using iTunes U with Sabba Quidwai: Introduce students to the world of publishing and sharing as well as encourage them to curate and reflect on their learning artifacts. In this session we’ll explore how you can use iTunes U, LinkedIn and Seesaw to create digital portfolios. Students can share images, text, videos, links and more to their portfolio, ultimately sharing their work with their teacher, classmates, parents and even the world.

    • Reaching every student with iOS accessibility with Tom Daccord: With the latest updates to Apple iOS, even more accessibility features are available to support ALL learners. In this session, we will explore iOS features that can help students connect to content and develop as more independent learners.

  • 3:45pm – 4:15pm Design the iPad school of the future feedback session

  • 4:15pm – 5:00pm Conference close, prizes and closing

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