Session A: I have an iPad, Now What? Instructional Strategies for New Users
Teaching and learning with technology is occurring in classrooms around the world. The primary goal of this session is to introduce educators to the wonderful world of iPads and Web 2.0 tools that support effective instruction. Using research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis, which are higher-level thinking skills highlighted in the Common Core State Standards, participants will learn how to select and use educational apps that foster creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking to support the development of children’s digital literacy. Participants will leave the session with (1) an understanding of the benefits of using iPads to support instruction and increase student engagement, (2) knowledge of the specific accessibility features of the iPad, (3) the ability to choose and use appropriate educational apps for use in their classrooms, (4) knowledge of Web 2.0 tools to be used as resources for instructional planning and implementation, and (5) possible solutions to barriers regarding iPad implementation in the classroom. Participants will analyze Web 2.0 tools and apps to create a culminating instructional plan and sample product to bring back for use in their classrooms.
All Beginning iPad Users-Two days
The integration of technology and literacy is essential in helping students acquire and use 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking- all higher-level skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards and state standards for early learning. In this session, participants will learn how iPads can support instruction utilizing these higher-level learning and innovation skills to enhance literacy instruction. Using interactive techniques to promote adult learning, facilitators will model how Web 2.0 tools along with instructional strategies and apps can promote critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity during literacy instruction. The primary focus of this session is to improve literacy practices in elementary classrooms and early childhood settings. Grade level sessions will address how technology can enhance upper elementary (Grades 2-5) students' reading comprehension or young students' (PreK-Grade 1) emergent literacy skills such as phonological awareness, phonics, and writing. Participants will leave this session with (1) an understanding of the benefits of using iPads to increase student engagement, (2) knowledge of the iPad as an instructional tool, (3) the ability to align Common Core State Standards and early learning state standards with instructional apps, and (4) the ability to choose and use appropriate apps for instructional purposes.
PreK - Grade 5-Three days
Meeting the academic needs of exceptional children is a challenging task. The iPad and Web 2.0 tools can be used in all classrooms to differentiate instruction and meet the varying needs of exceptional children and increase learning outcomes. Both general and special education teachers will learn how to plan and implement lessons using the iPad and iPad apps with children with mild to moderate and severe learning disabilities, including Autism. Breakout sessions will address the varying technology skills of participants from beginners to advanced users. Participants will leave this session with (1) an understanding of the benefits of using the iPad with children who have varying academic needs, (2) the ability to navigate the settings and functions of the iPad to maximize differentiation in classroom practice, (3) the ability to select appropriate apps aligned with children’s abilities and expected learning outcomes, (4) resources for using Web 2.0 tools for teaching, and (5) an instructional plan that includes the use of the iPad and Web 2.0 tools to meet goals and objectives within the domains of an IEP.
PreK - Grade 5-Two days
Phonological awareness is both a precursor to early reading achievement and a powerful predictor of later reading success. Using technology to support children’s mastery of phonological awareness helps them practice digital literacy skills while strengthening their emerging literacy abilities. Throughout the session participants will practice skills required of students in the Common Core State Standards by engaging in activities involving critical thinking, analyzing, and evaluating, identifying real-life connections between phonological awareness skills and reading and writing, and participating in collaborative conversations concerning phonological awareness. Participants will leave with (1) knowledge of iPad applications and Web 2.0 tools to support children’s mastery of phonological skills, (2) a deeper understanding of phonological awareness, (3) a process for selecting apps appropriate for different instructional situations, (4) knowledge of the alignment of state standards for early learning and the Common Core State Standards to phonological awareness instructional activities and apps, and (5) a systematic plan for implementing phonological awareness instruction, a book filled with phonological awareness instructional activities, and a variety of apps to support children’s mastery of phonological awareness skills.
PreK - Grade 1-Two days
Description:Informational texts, an important element of the Common Core State Standards, play an important role in instruction by providing teachers with opportunities for improving students’ comprehension through building background knowledge and exposing students to important vocabulary. The primary focus of this session is to improve literacy practices using informational texts in elementary classrooms and early childhood settings. Two breakout sessions will be offered to address how technology can enhance upper elementary comprehension skills as well as emergent literacy skills. In this session, participants will learn how iPads and Web 2.0 tools can be helpful resources for engaging students with informational texts. Participants will leave this session with (1) knowledge of the particular text features and structures unique to informational texts, (2) knowledge of the accessibility features of an iPad, (3) the ability to align instructional apps with the Common Core State Standards and early learning state standards, (4) selection criteria for choosing and using appropriate apps for enhancing instruction with informational texts, and (5) knowledge of Web 2.0 tools that support teaching and learning using informational texts.
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