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iPads in the VT Classroom

Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

iPads in the VT Classroom

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Share iPads in the VT Classroom

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VT Educators!

Please join us for a day of iPad-focused sharing and learning. Educators who attended the iPad Summit in Atlanta will share their inspirations and takeaways as well as implications for iPad use in their practice and schools. We'll be offering facilitated workshops in the morning, giving way to an unconference and maker-space afternoon session. Also on site: a gallery walk featuring apps and artifacts from the classroom. 

Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:

  • A.B.C: Always Be Collaborating (Jon Potts, Harwood Union Middle): How? Through a series of classroom-based experiences that allow students to leverage peer-to-peer interactions to boost learning. With iPads, Airserver, your own laptop, and a couple of apps like Explain Everything and Google Drive, you can create hands-on experiences that point to the power of sharing and collecting feedback in the learning community instead of only from the teacher directly.
  • Boom! POW! Biff! : Say it with StripDesigner (Jim Kelley, Edmunds Middle School): Building off of Chris William’s popular presentation, Kelley will share how building a spider to scale lends itself to the comic-making app Strip Designer. Photos! Comic strips! Spiders! SCIENCE.
  • Can I Get a Show of iHands? Formative assessment in the digital classroom (Brian Wagner, Harwood Union Middle School): How formative assessments and instant feedback can be used to inform instruction, using quiz-based programs like Socrative and NearPod.
  • Everything iPrincipals Should Know (They Can Ask Here) (Amy Rex, Harwood Union Middle School; Rich Amato, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Bonnie Johnson-Aten, Edmunds Middle School; Wendy Baker, Peoples Academy Middle School): A fishbowl discussion with administrators sharing this experience and current thinking about iPads in schools. topics to include professional development, the importance of risk taking, modeling by administrators as well as the disruption factor of technology in the classroom.
  • Explain Everything...really does. (Melissa Rice, Manchester Elementary Middle School; Rachel Mark, Manchester Elementary Middle School): How the app with the mighty lofty name lives up to its moniker.
  • The first rule of an iPad PD program is...don’t talk about iPads (Val Sullivan, Lamoille South Supervisory Union; Phoebe Slater, Peoples Academy Middle School; Elizabeth Emerson, Peoples Academy Middle School; Hannah Lindsey, Peoples Academy Middle School): "The first rule of an iPad PD not talk about iPads. It's about teaching & learning." How to conceive your iPad PD program through verbs, not nouns and focus on what you and your students can make/build/do with the device rather than the device itself.
  • Flipping the Research Process: Creating multimedia-enhanced learning paths (Brent Truchon, Edmunds Middle School): In this scenario, students use "movie trailers" in the initial stages of examining an aspect of social justice, tracing a path they hope will have an tangible impact on the real world. Through the use of video, they provide an overview of the path they expect their learning to take in a way that is compelling and challenges the audience to be an active part of moving towards a solution. Session participants will be introduced to a handful of recently created student products, be exposed to a couple of newish apps, and asked to debate the benefits and shortfalls of this slightly unconventional approach to learning.
  • Collaborative Math: No Longer a Myth (Jim Monahan, Edmunds Middle School): We’ll be introducing FluidMath, Quad Blogging and Ask3 and attendees will be encouraged to work through in-class exercises in groups via the apps. We’ll also create a brain-storming document to think about what our classrooms would look like with those apps in play.
  • Gaming (Peter Stratman, Cabot School TBA).
  • Integrate the arts in critical thinking (Betsy Nolan, Edmunds Middle School): Participants will be engaged in hands on activities to explore some of the endless possibilities when it comes to integrating the arts as a way to differentiate instruction and engage learners in high level critical thinking.
  • Read Between the Pixels with Subtext (Susan Hennessey, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education): How can you use these apps to get your students talking about reading? Subtext allows classroom groups to exchange ideas on digital texts. Bring your reading glasses, as we’ll be asking participants to join an assigned reading group and explore firsthand how to navigate a text collaboratively.
  • Reinvent your classroom: a hands-on rapid run-through of the Best of iPad Summit Atlanta (Joe Speers, Peoples Academy Middle School): Participants will use evergreen tools and in-session collaboration cooperation to extend their learning and walk away with a strongly connected learning network. in this reinvented presentation. Ask questions in the back-channel with todaysmeet, qr codes resource list, partner think pair share, Q+A, share of participants ideas for immediate implementation, You’ll walk away with a real permanent network of participants.
  • SAMR in Science (Kathy Hevey, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School; Lee Orlando, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School): Attributes of a 21st century classroom include being adaptive, flexible, creative, innovative, cross-cultural and passionate. We’ll demonstrate a science unit that emphasizes the SAMR model and how it can nurture this culture and we’ll explore how to use the app VideoScribe to make that happen.


And don’t forget the HackerSpace challenges! HackerSpace challenges are where you get your hands dirty! You’ll have the option of one of four different do-it-yourself tasks with an iPad app. Ten minutes to complete the challenge with as-needed guidance from moderators in head-to-head team combat.

The day will conclude with a few final thoughts from our presenters and Tarrant Institute director Penny A. Bishop, as well as a tech raffle. Must be present to win.

Click here for a list of apps we’ll be working with throughout the day. Stock up your device in advance or check out one of ours! --- Have specific questions about an app not listed or a unit you’d like us to brainstorm on? Just ask! Our presenters are more than willing to tackle a new idea or talk shop with fellow educators. Final schedule, parking logistics and school map to follow.

Complementary lunch provided by SugarSnap. Certificate of attendance available for documentation of professional development hours.

Have questions about iPads in the VT Classroom? Contact Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

When & Where

Edmunds Middle School
275 Main St
Burlington, VT 05401

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education is proud to be hosting its third year of free workshops for Vermont educators, to provide them with professional development and support to embrace technology with their students.

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