integratED: One Last Session!

These two inspiring days have flown by! Here’s a link to the full schedule again, and here are the titles of the main sessions I’m choosing among for my last session.

Google Apps Tips to Save You Time and Headache in the Classroom

Automate your Life with Google Scripts

Digitally Literate: How I Gave up Control and Let the Network Teach Itself


integratED Day Two: Morning Sessions

We’re back for Day Two of the integratED conference! Here’s the session I’m heading to this morning, and here’s a link to the full schedule of sessions.

iDevices in the Classroom: Consume, Collaborate, and Create

Jennifer Gingerich, Educational Technology Consultant, Contractor

Participants will examine effective uses of iPods and iPads in the classroom. Take your students beyond consuming information and playing games and experience how to use these devices in a collaborative and creative nature with students. Identify apps and apply instructional strategies that ensure for higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy while using these engaging tools. Whether you have a few devices or one for each student, you will walk away with practical usesfor those iDevices at the end of this session


  • Think critically about the effective integration of mobile devices into the classroom setting.
  • Examine the roles students can play as consumers, collaborators, and producers while using iPods and iPads.
  • Explore a variety of creative and collaborative uses for while using iPods and iPads.
  • Be able to identify and evaluate apps for their use as a creativity and collaborative tool.

integratED Keynote: Alfie Kohn

The day is in its home stretch: tonight’s keynote is from Alfie Kohn. Here’s his bio from his website:

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of twelve books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described inTime magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”

Needless to say, I’m intrigued. One more session, then home for sleep!

integratED Vendor Expert Sessions

I’m heading downstairs to room 405 to the Vendor Expert Session on “Why do I need textbooks when I have…”

We shall see…this is a big question I have, especially in the context of our students’ families spending so much on iPads.

Live from integratED: The Unconference

This morning’s conference begins with an “unconference,” an opportunity for attendees to recommend discussion topics and present to one another on the fly. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m pumped: Howard Levin, our school’s director of educational innovation, mentioned that this should be one of the highlights of the weekend. Here we go!

Learn more about unconferences here, here, and here.