Insights from the 3rd iPad Summit

Great insight on the Boston iPad Summit!

Indiana Jen

Last week I had the privilege of attending the third iPad Summit hosted by EdTechTeacher in Boston, Massachusetts. This fall’s summit was the largest ever – a sold out crowd of 1,000 participants. I live-blogged the conference, so you can read about the individual sessions I attended, along with the keynotes, on my blog here. (You can find my two previous Summit reports here and here.)

While officially an “iPad conference,” the theme of the Summit was definitely innovation and connectivity in education, whatever the device. Keynote speakers David Weinberger, Ph.D. and Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. (the father of the SAMR model concept) highlighted key elements about 21st century learning: we must be connected online, we must re-envision education in the wake of new technology, and we should foster creativity and innovation not stymie it with restrictive practices and archaic security (or instructional) systems.

Connectedness is Key

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Flipped Classroom Best Practices

Very insightful article on what makes for good flipped classroom learning.  Key points for me were the student incentive to do the work at home and the assessment of the work performed both in and out of the classroom.  Give it a read and see if it will help you!

Flipped Classroom right, but USA today got it wrong?

Flipped Classroom right, but USA today got it wrong?

Interesting article on Flipped Classroom learning, but USA Today ( got the summary a bit confused.  I think there is a lot to be said about this with the digital transition that is currently taking place in our nation’s schools.

Thinking about adding tech to your school? Take a look at this blueprint first!

Many groups out there have made a few dollars from educators with the best intentions and poorly based decisions.  Recently a participant at one of my sessions got me to dig through all of my materials and when I found this one I was shocked that I didn’t go back to it more often.  Intel put together this website years ago and it is amazing how important most of it still is.

The New and Improved iMovie for iPad [TUTORIAL]

If you are looking to do movies with iPads in your classroom, look no further!

With the recent release of the new version of iMovie, my colleague Matt Przybylski (tech coordinator at our school) created this presentation for part two of our iPad workshop series. (Check out part one, iPad filming tips here)

iMovie($4.99, or free on new iOS devices) has gone from a good movie-making app with limited features to a very solid creation tool. Many new features have been added that make iMovie an excellent app for both teachers to create videos for teaching, and also students to create projects. Our staff was excited to learn the new features, and I am anticipating many new videos made by them and our students in the near future.

Matt and I look forward to organizing more iPad workshops in the near future. They will be various workshops ranging from iPad basics, iWork, and class iPad projects. If you are in…

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20th vs. 21st Century Teaching

My Island View

This week’s #Edchat was about teacher-centric learning vs. student-centric learning. It is a topic that often gets teachers actively involved in discussion. The reason why so many teachers are so passionate about this subject is unclear, but if Twitter chats and tweets are any indication, it is obvious that many of our connected educators strongly favor student–centric learning. Many view it as 20th century education vs. 21st century. In fact we have been having the “sage on the stage” vs. “ guide on the side” argument for quite a few decades.

Direct Instruction and Lecture are methods of education that have dominated our lessons in education for centuries. They are probably the lessons that most Americans imagine when they are asked to think of what a typical lesson in school should look like. It is the way that most content experts often deliver content to their students. Lecturing is…

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Maybe I’m Too Hard On Them…

Reflection is the best way to know yourself. This is why all the principals and admin talk about “reflection”. Not always easy, but always worth it.

Jennifer L. Scheffer

The expectations I have of my students are high. Really high. My current and former students would confirm that. Some may argue they are too high. I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree.

My expectations are high, yet they are realistic. Honestly though, sometimes I think to myself, “maybe I’m being too hard on them.” But as more and more of my students graduate and keep me updated on how they are doing, I dismiss those thoughts. I know what I am doing in the classroom is right. And let me clarify that I’m not talking about content per se.

Yes, I want my students to leave my classroom with content knowledge, but what is more important to me is that they walk away from my classroom with experience; experience working in diverse groups, delivering formal presentations, planning and organizing events, making decisions, and an understanding of how to effectively manage their…

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