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Come Join us at the Next Teaching and Learning With the iPad Tech Summit!

by Kelly Walsh on September 15, 2013


The conference will take place November 15 & 16, just a mile from the Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina.

This November, the Franklin Academy is offering the second Fall Teaching and Learning with the iPad Tech Summit – a two day conference rich with breakout sessions offered by teachers and administrators who have integrated the iPad into the Franklin Academy’s K-12 curriculum. The team at the Franklin Academy has done a noteworthy job of integrating the iPad into teaching and learning for three years now, with Principal David Mahaley leading the way.

Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference

EmergingEdTech is proud to team with the Franklin Academy in offering this conference. Regular readers of EmergingEdTech will recall some of the excellent articles David Mahaley has published here such as, “Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board” (a consistent top 10 traffic draw since it was published a year a half ago) and the 3 part series, “Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review“. Several teachers from Franklin have also written some insightful pieces for the site, including last week’s, “The Necessity of the Connected Text – Why Just Switching to E-reading Isn’t Enough”.

The bottom line is … these educators know the iPad and have been very successful at integrating it into the curriculum and engaging students. Further evidence of the effectiveness of the Academy’s overall approach is seen in the recent ACT scores reported for the school, which show that their students outperformed the state of North Carolina significantly, and performed higher than national averages.

The folks at Franklin are delighted to share their experiences teaching with the iPad at this conference and we all look forward to seeing you there!

Some of the Great Sessions Being Offered

There are lots of excellent sessions being offered, and quite a few will be given twice so that everyone has an opportunity to attend the sessions they really want to participate in. Check out “Conference Sessions” on the conference site to learn more.

Professional Productivity with The iPad

In this session, we will look at a variety of apps that allow educators to optimize their potential as an educational professional. Key apps include Penultimate, Dropbox, Agenda, Calendar, Reminders, ABCnotes, Get it Done. Documents, Visual Thesaurus, Evernote and Coursera. We will learn how these apps can be integrated into professional life increasing productivity. At the end of the session, participants will exchange ideas on uses of productivity apps from professional experience.

Assessment & The iPad

Mobile technologies now afford new platforms for assessment of student learning in the classroom.  Discover how the iPad can be used for formative and summative assessments for all parts of the learning experience.  Warm–Ups, quizzes, tests, exit tickets, and other assessment formats will be demonstrated using a selection of apps best suited for different levels of learners.

Managing iPads for Success:  Lessons From IT

Whether it’s a classroom set of 30 or a district deployment of 3000, effective management is a make-or-break component of iPad initiatives. Learn about the systems and tools used at Franklin Academy to keep things running smoothly, and get some actionable feedback on the next steps for your organization. (This is a great opportunity to give your tech’s a head start you are considering implementing the iPad in your school!)

Teaching & Learning with the iPad Secondary/Higher Ed Edition

Use of the iPad facilitates higher level educational skills defined by Bloom’s Taxonomy. The apps presented in this session will cover the spectrum of the taxonomy. The session will focus on integrating the iPad in any classroom and beyond its doors. This session will explore a variety of apps that can be used across curricular areas to increase student and teacher productivity and efficiency.  We will also present a template for creating lessons and units that integrate technology to increase student interest and meet learning goals.

Creating Interactive Labs in the Science Classroom

Join me for a review of science apps that include concept mapping, access to Howard Hughes Medical Institute presentations, note worthy Ted talks, access to science Podcasts as well as apps to look at science from a 3D perspective. Apps will include both Earth and Life Science topics. I will also explore how students are using Photos and Numbers graphing technology to generate professional looking lab reports. We will also discuss important features of workflow with the iPad in the science classroom.

Books Without Binds: Tools for a Content-Driven Course

This seminar will explore the nuances of 21st century pedagogy and the advantages technology affords educators to compile their own content instead of being bound to and limited by the traditional textbook.  Subtext is an innovative free app that equips instructors with the tools necessary to monitor student progress with reading material and make the experience highly interactive.

Information is Free: Finding & Using Open Educational Resources for the iPad

iTunesU is the worlds largest repository of Open Educational Resources (OERs) just waiting to be to be tapped into. The iPad connected to iTunesU gives teachers and students access to learn just about anything. Attendees will learn about the ever expanding world of OERs, Creative Commons licensing, and how to search and find the best free content on the web. Furthermore, attendees will learn how to leverage the power of iTunesU to access supplemental content and build their own course transforming themselves into a global educator.

Be sure to register today (the last conference sold out)!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):

iPad Educator Professional Development – The Three R’s
Chronicle – A Transformative Multi-Media Assessment Tool for Teachers
Book Review – Teaching and Learning With The iPad by David Mahaley


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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