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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This conference is unlike any other I’ve attended: it has a huge focus on active learning and hands-on experiences, which is exactly the kind of thing that holds my attention and gets me excited. I’m having a hard time deciding which sessions to attend, so here’s a quick look at all of my options. Again, I feel like I’m at the greatest buffet ever.
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!
So here’s my favorite part of any conference: the agenda. This one’s a doozy: there’s a smorgasbord of amazing offerings at this shin-dig. I can’t wait!