iPad Summit Boston 2015 is back at the Hynes Convention Center November 16-18, 2015. To learn more and regsiter go to ettipad.org.

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Tuesday, November 17

9:30am EST

Design-Engage-Connect Student Designed Curriculum
How can you encourage your students to take charge of their own learning? How can you challenge your students to take what they have learned and use that knowledge to impact society?

Hear the story of how a science classroom in Texas transformed the learning environment where students are now designing the syllabus, creating projects, and connecting to students from schools all over the world. See specific examples of student designed projects and understand the workflow for student designed curriculum and a learner centered classroom.

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Jodie Deinhammer

Science Teacher & Apple Distinguished Educators, Coppell ISD
Mrs. Deinhammer has been teaching science Coppell ISD for over 20 years. She was the 2015 Texas Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.
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Sunny Richardson

Science Instructional Coach, Coppell ISD
Sunny is an early adopter of technology in the classroom with an emphasis on relative, authentic projects with learner voice and has taught blended learning in Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. She is currently the Blended Learning Specialist at Coppell Middle School West, a 1:1 iPad... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EST

9:30am EST

Mapping the Journey: Using Formative Assessment to Become a Community of Learning
In the minds of many students and teachers, assessment still means “test.” Electronic assessment tools can go beyond that definition to allow information and data to flow to the teacher, the student and ultimately to the entire class.  If our ultimate goal is to have students become responsible for driving their own learning, then we should share as much formative data as possible so that they can make enlightened choices about their learning. In the process, we can change our view of formative assessment from a momentary classroom event into an information rich environment.  

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Shawn McCusker

Presenter & Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Shawn McCusker has 21 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher during which time he has taught in public, private and alternative schools teaching in 1:1 iPad and Chromebook programs. He is an innovator in the creation and organization of online learning communities... Read More →
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Avra Robinson

Director of Online Learning and Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Avra Robinson is the Director of Online Learning and an Instructor for EdTechTeacher, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois. An authorized Google Education Trainer and dedicated educational technologist, Avra has been working with teachers... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EST

10:45am EST

Beyond Using an iPad – Transforming Pedagogy and Learning Spaces
This presentation will showcase how we have transformed learning spaces at Lower Canada College to reflect 21st Century learning. After moving forward with a 2:1 iPad program in our elementary school and a 1:1 program in our Middle School, we sought to transform our pedagogy and spaces to reveal significant classroom engagement and student learning.

Action research and a pilot project were planned and have led to physical transformations of classrooms to exhibit active learning in the Middle School and Project-Based Learning in the Junior School. Records of teachers' daily reflections and classroom observations as well as student surveys were instrumental to these changes.

We will propose simple and inexpensive solutions for both elementary and middle school classrooms that will foster student engagement and contribute to transforming pedagogy. We will also tell the stories of how we have transformed teaching and learning in our classroom using technology and new learning spaces.

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Nathalie Lemelin

Head of Innovations in Teaching and Learning, Lower Canada College
Nathalie Lemelin, Ph.D. is Head of Innovations in Teaching and Learning at Lower Canada College in Montreal. Nathalie implemented Action Research for professional development and IT integration program assessment. She has recently conducted an action research on an iPad implementation... Read More →
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Michele Owen

Middle School English Teacher and Integration Specialist, Lower Canada College
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Nathalie Simard

Teacher, Lower Canada College
Je suis une enseignante passionnée par son métier et qui tente d'améliorer ses pratiques et d'intégrer davantage la technologie dans son quotidien. Les programmes de français, la littérature pour la jeunesse et l'utilisation des iPads en classe m'intéressent plus particuli... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EST

1:00pm EST

Foster a Global Mindset Through Project Based Learning
These days, it is of utmost importance for educators to foster openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures. Due to the interconnected nature of our world through technology, students can learn more about other cultures and the people behind them than ever before. Project based learning is key to allowing today’s students to reach far beyond their classroom walls to learn about real world problems and develop solutions to them. This session will explain PBL and show specific examples of projects utilizing app smashing and the iPad that take students on this journey. 

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Sarah Loyola

Upper School Spanish Teacher, Providence Day School
Sarah Loyola is in her thirteenth year as an Upper School Spanish teacher at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC.  She is the Spanish team leader and a technology mentor at her school.  She teaches a paperless course titled "Spanish Through Technology and Social Media" which... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

1:00pm EST

nABLEing All Learners with iPad and Apple Watch
The belief that "inclusion inspires innovation" is reflected in the many groundbreaking accessibility features Apple has introduced over the years. These features embody the universal design philosophy that technology should empower all users to do their best work. Thus, iOS devices such as the iPad include a number of built-in features that support diverse learners in reaching their full potential, including text to speech, word prediction, as well as dictation and support for closed captions. Apple's commitment to accessibility even extends to its latest device: the Apple Watch. In this session, you learn how accessibility is tightly integrated into the Apple ecosystem. You will also learn about a number of apps for personalizing learning.

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Luis Perez

Inclusive Learning Consultant, Eye on Access
Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

2:15pm EST

Creating with Canva
Canva is both a web based tool and an iPad app that allows you to create graphics easily. It brings the power of image creation to students and educators within a simple interface. Join us as we cover examples, lesson plans, and tutorials, as well as challenge you to unleash your creativity.

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Greg Kulowiec

Senior Associate and Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →
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Kate Wilson

Founder & Designer, risingT
Kate Wilson believes a rising tide lifts all boats. As a designer, educator, and technology enthusiast with a passion for continuing learning, Kate started her own company to help people take their goals to the next level through web development, graphic design, marketing, and co... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

2:15pm EST

H.A.C.K.ing P.D.: Lessons Learned
This session is designed to share ‘lessons learned’ from successful technology implementation with teachers. Our discussion will be centered on how to provide educators with a dynamic toolkit to blend, flip, and personalize instruction that transforms a classroom to a student-centered environment where students take ownership and personalize their education.

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Amy Ackley

Assistant Professor of Innovation in Education, Doceo Center- Northwest Nazarene University
Amy is a 15-year professional educator with a background in elementary education. She has her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, a M.Ed in Curriculum, Instruction, & Innovation, and is currently pursuing her doctorate. Amy successfully transformed her classroom to an innovative environment... Read More →
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Gregg Russell

Professor, Northwest Nazarene University
Gregg graduated from Boise State University in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2009, Gregg graduated with his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. He spent 6 years as an principal and in 2012 was named the Idaho Education Association Region 8 Outstanding Principal of... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

2:15pm EST

Gradebook, Portfolio, Parent Access, Oh MY: Showbie is the Heart of your Paperless Classroom
Anyone who has struggled with using email, dropbox or Google Drive to facilitate workflow in their classroom will love what Showbie has to offer. With Showbie, you can easily create classes and distribute work to all students (without requiring email addresses - hooray!). You can collect work from a variety of compatible apps (including Explain Everything and Book Creator) and file types (such as large video and audio files). Plus, you can easily review student work by providing feedback and a grade using tools such as text and voice notes, comments, and our brand new Showbie Gradebook. Once assignments are completed and graded, they can be added to a student's portfolio so they can be shown to parents - all without taking up any storage space on iPad!

Showbie makes going paperless easy. With students being able to annotate directly in the app, there are no lost papers or excuses for forgotten homework. Students and teachers can also discuss their work privately in the app, and the digital portfolio allows you to add assignments from a variety of multimedia so that students can track their academic progress, even as they advance to other grades! Any educator who wants to keep their sanity will love how Showbie streamlines classroom workflow with their students.

Come and see Elizabeth share her Showbie classroom, and brag about how she is nearly entirely paperless, and has a record for zero missing assignments! Download the app ahead of the session and take the role of a student to engage with us through the app!

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Amanda Wagner

Showbie Inc.
I come to Showbie first and foremost as a teacher, who after some time in the classroom, decided I wanted to work with teachers and support the great work they do in the classroom. After completing my MEd, I taught preservice teachers at the University of Alberta about best practice... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

3:30pm EST

Creativity in a Standardized World: Why is it Important & How Can we Foster it in Our Students?
Creativity. Some people think that either you just are a creative person, or you’re just not. The fact is, everyone can increase their creativity. With iPad, we have the tools to help students not only increase their creativity, but also their awareness of the creative process. This workshop will explore the importance of creativity in the classroom, as well as ways to use the iPad to inspire student creativity. Participants will hear about strategies used in our middle school, across content areas and grade levels, to encourage our students to explore their creative sides. During the workshop, we will share a variety of student projects including movies, iBooks, websites, infographics and posters, as well as describe the scaffolding used to help students develop their creative capacities. We also will discuss methods that we use to increase student metacognition about their creative process. By the end of this session, participants will get their creative juices flowing, and start exploring ideas for how to spark student creativity.

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Elin Dolen

7th Grade Science Teacher, Oak Middle School
Elin Dolen is a 7th Grade Science teacher at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, where she is passionate about using the iPad and Project Based Learning to spark student curiosity. This is her 11th year teaching middle school science and her 4th year in a 1:1 iPad classroom.
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Kate Lewis

8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Shrewsbury Public Schools
Kate Lewis is an 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She has been teaching middle school for 11 years. Kate’s work has been featured in Educational Leadership’s “Tell Me About” Section, as well as on WGBH’s Innovation... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST

3:30pm EST

How to Use Instructional Coaches to Develop a Growth Mindset in Your Building
This session will share the story of 5 elementary classrooms journey in a 1:1 program and how the instructional coach model has evolved to encompass a shift in mind set. As Carol Dweck said "we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems." We will discuss the idea of "growth mindset" as well as share concrete examples of how to have successful instructional coaches help spread influence across buildings/districts to help successfully implement a 1:1 program. Classroom and teacher examples will be shared.

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Jordan Garrett

Instructional Director, Berwyn South School District 100
Jordan is an educator from Chicago who works in Berwyn South School District 100. Her first few years of teaching were spent in first and fourth grade teaching with 1:1 iPads. She has taken her 1:1 classroom experience to the coaching side. She is now an iCoach, instructional coach... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST

3:30pm EST

The Invisible iPad: Because iPad Projects Only Get You So Far
When learning with technology, our tools tend to drive our objectives, rather than the other way around. Too often, our students set out to create iMovies, Explain Everythings, and Digital Books - instead of setting out to learn through the use of apps and technological tools. “Doing an iPad project” is not the essence of what we are trying to accomplish. Rather, as educators who integrate technology, we need to guide students in understanding how and why they use the iPad to enter new dimensions of learning previously unachievable without technology. As we move towards truly invisible technology, students will understand the value and purpose of the tools at their fingertips, and how to utilize their power to create and curate meaningful experiences in learning - and in life.  

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Michael Cohen

Director of Innovation, Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Wednesday, November 18

9:30am EST

Creativity and Ownership in High School Classrooms: A Projects Approach
This session is geared toward high school and middle school classrooms, specifically how students can use iPads to provide ownership of a creative process. Focusing on a project-based approach, teachers will see examples of student work, and discuss the process that happens during these projects. Participants will also spend time examining different creative apps that have been useful in student work.

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Caitlin Donovan

Social Studies Teacher/iPad Teacher Leader, St. Francis Preparatory School
Hi Everyone! My name is Caitlin Donovan, I am a social studies teacher at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, NY. I currently teach AP Psychology, US History Honors, and Global II. I also serve as an iPad Teacher Leader on our schools iPad advisory board. Looking forward... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EST

10:45am EST

StudySync 'Digital Tools for Student Collaboration'
This session will explore how student collaboration can be fostered via digital learning tools, specifically focusing on collaborative features within StudySync. From anonymous, randomized peer review to videos modeling standards-based skills and academic discussion, to a mediated Twitter-like platform, learn how teachers can leverage online technology in the classroom to support student-based learning.

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Jenny Brown

Implementation Specialist, StudySync
Jenny Brown is an experienced Implementation Specialist for StudySync, a digital core literacy program developed by BookheadEd Learning LLC and distributed in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education. Jenny develops professional development curricula and course materials, and trains... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EST

1:00pm EST

3 Years into 1:1 - Now What?...Shifting the Mindset to Student-Centered Learning
Are you wrestling with these questions - now what? What can we do with these devices? How do you encourage staff to innovate? How do you reflect? How do we make sure we are not just using ‘expensive pieces of paper’? How do you proceed? We will walk participants through our process of answering this essential question - ‘How Can We Curate the Progression of Student Learning and Growth?’

This session is aimed towards both building-based secondary-level educators, administrators, and district administrators who are exploring or are involved in the implementation of a mobile learning initiative. Through the voice of administrators, teachers and students, participants will experience first hand how Blake Middle School engaged students and educators in the transformation from a computer lab/wireless cart model to the 1:1 environment.

By following four core principles, students and educators from Blake Middle School have brought an
engaging student-centered model to fruition:
- Program Development (evolution from 1:1 pilot to full-scale 6th-8th grade initiative)
- Classroom Implementation (Student/Teacher demonstrations across curricula demonstrating the applications of the program)
- Professional Development Structure (ETT, common planning, internal structures, appropriate staffing)
- Reflection/Evaluation Systems (determinants of success, systems for continual feedback, student/teacher reflections)

Participants will walk away with a framework to help address these questions, highlighting our approach to thematic professional development, a culture of collaboration, student creativity, policies and procedures, purposeful learning, and digital citizenry. Areas of specific focus include…student recognition and feedback, standards-based grading, project-based learning, student-led conferences, district determined measures, and student-generated portfolios.

We will exhibit our methods of transparency and communication with the parents and greater community, philosophy of mistakes, and professional development model. The lessons we learned, and approach we took as a team to enhance the learning for our students, will hopefully help with sharing our approach, successes, mistakes, and process of growth.  

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Jason Heim

Science Teacher, Blake Middle School
Science Teacher - Blake Middle School 2002-20181:1 iPad classroom 2012 - 2018Presenter:  Masscue, Learn Launch, Medfield Digital Learning Day, iPad Summit, Innovation Summit.
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Seth Hellerstein

Blake Middle School
Seth Hellerstein is an 8th grade English teacher at Blake Middle School.
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Diane Horvath

Technology Integration Specialist, Blake Middle School
Technology Integration / Makerspace Specialist at Blake Middle School ! Always trying to spark opportunities for creativity, connectivity and innovation in student and teacher learning. Currently exploring: Micro:bits, 3D printing, Yarnbombing, and etextiles!
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Nat Vaughn

Principal Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
I have been an educator for 21 years and have been the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA for the past 8 years. I believe in advocating for and fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents has played a significant role... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

1:00pm EST

With the infusion of iPads and other digital tools in our schools, it is important that school administrators, department heads, and other school leaders stay up to date with these resources and model best practice in order to maintain their place as instructional leaders. This session will focus on some of the ways that administrators can model best practice while also improving communication and collaboration. It will also will look at how evaluators in Burlington Public Schools use Google Classroom as their main workflow resource for observations and evidence collection.

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Patrick Larkin

Assistant Superintendent, Burlington Public Schools

Wednesday November 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

1:00pm EST

Re-thinking the LMS: Support of the 4C’s and Breaking the Content Consumption Model
Do you or your school make use of a Learning Management System (LMS)? How do you use it? What happens when we re-think the LMS as a tool to capture student voice and create learning journeys rather than simply for content curation and dissemination? In this session, come learn how to rethink your LMS and increase students' critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills.


Tony Perez

Director of Information and Innovative Technology, The Children's School
Tony describes his professional journey as, "totally a straight line, looking backwards" From conservatory trained actor to film festival organizer, Yahoo! (‘97), entrepreneur to educator, it was while working with schools around issues of Internet safety and privacy in 2006, he... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

2:15pm EST

Differentiating Instruction Based on Student Data
How do you measure student growth in specific standards and how can you use that data to empower teachers to differentiate instruction? How can you leverage resources to provide quick remediation and better communicate progress to students and parents? Since September, Mineola School District has collected roughly 2500 daily Common Core Aligned data points on students in Grades 3-8.

Administrators and teachers at Mineola Middle School and Jackson Avenue School have been using this information and their 1:1 iPad program to restructure class time, personalize resources, and design activities based on student deficiencies in specific standards.

Learn how Mineola UFSD uses iPads and their own curriculum, to create digital portfolios of student progress by standard and differentiate education based on student results.

Mineola School District currently has 1400 iPads in grades 3-8 in a 1:1 initiative.

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Michael Nagler

Superintendent, Mineola UFSD
Under Dr. Michael Nagler’s leadership as Superintendent, Mineola Union Free School District was one of the first Districts to implement a 1:1 iPad initiative. Mineola’s innovative use of the iPad led Apple to declare Mineola Middle School an Apple Distinguished School, the only... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

2:15pm EST

Do You Know What Your Students Know?
Discover the value of formative assessment! Technology offers a wide variety of tools to find out what your students already know, what they're taking away after a lesson, and what they haven't grasped yet. Find out which tools work no matter what subject you teach. Assist students to build confidence to perform at their best for the big test!


Wednesday November 18, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

2:15pm EST

Our Story-Our History: Using IPads as (His) Story Telling Tool
Our goal is to share with our colleagues the strategies and technology tools we used to create a project based learning experience in a 5th grade inclusion classroom. These tools included iPads, MacAirs and a Smartboard. Attendees will learn how our 5th graders used iPads to research, collaborate, film, photograph and present projects on the history of our small city. Participants will review apps and websites used to conduct local history research, project collaboration, videography and photography and final project creation. Participants will be given a complete project plan including: - CCSS standards addressed - Evaluation Rubrics - Student Feedback - Self and Peer Evaluation form. Participants will learn how to plan out an interactive project in which students interview local historians and citizens to learn about the history of their town. The presentations will begin with an overview of the Our Story - Our History Project. The presenters will show video clips from student work allowing our students' work to demonstrate the project. Presenters will summarize the project and will briefly mention other ways iPads are being integrated into our elementary classrooms. Participants will be invited to ask questions, make comments and share their own experience of using technology in the elementary classroom


Jeanne Ingle

Jeanne Carey Ingle is an instructional coach in the Norwich, CT, public schools. She loves working with teachers and students to integrate technology into the school day. She has written and coordinated grants for a variety of technology, including Smartboards, Chromebooks, Macs and... Read More →

Debra Lehman

Debra is an elementary teacher at Samuel Huntington School in Norwich, CT.

Wednesday November 18, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST