8 iPad Professional Development Opportunities All 1-to-1 Educators Should Consider

January 10, 2014
Amy Wilson
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES In the Classroom

You’re in the midst of a 1-to-1 iPad implementation, and you’re eager to learn best practices from others who have gone before you. Where do you turn?

We wanted to take a moment to point you to opportunities for professional development that are focused on effectively integrating iPads and other tablets into the classroom. The first one on the list is right around the corner, and early-bird registration ends today!

1. EdTechTeacher iPad Summit: San Diego, CA: Feb. 3-5, 2014

EdTechTeacher has been at the forefront of providing professional development for teachers integrating iPads into the classroom, and in addition to their summer programs (referenced below), they host several summits around the country throughout the year. Early bird registration ends today for the summit in San Diego in early February. “The summit provides three days of hands-on workshops, keynotes, concurrent sessions, and informal gatherings to identify and share best practices for integrating iPads in the service of learning.” Presenters include Carl Hooker, Holly Clark, Tom Daccord, and Don Orth, who features prominently in our 1-to-1 Essentials video series.

2. New England 1:1 Summit – Burlington, MA: April 11-12, 2014

The New England 1:1 Summit brings together educators, school administrators, superintendents, and IT administrators from around and beyond the New England area to focus on opportunities and ideas for creating an outstanding 1-to-1 learning environment. The Friday session includes a school visit, and attendees can choose whether to visit an elementary, middle, or high school. On Saturday, sessions throughout the day will demonstrate the effectiveness of 1-to-1 learning environments and promote new and emerging tools for creating dynamic learning opportunities for students. The event is free for attendees, and lunch is included! Register here.

3. Center for Teaching Excellence/ iPad Schools – Hillbrook School, Los Gatos, CA: June 18-20, 2014

Speaking of Don Orth, he serves as Hillbrook’s Director of Technology and Strategic Partnerships, and started a summer institute focused on iPad integration two years ago. This year’s program is sponsored by EdTechTeacher and is a three-day seminar aimed at transforming the attendee’s ability to lead by going beyond the device and superficial iPad implementation to examine, discuss, and design effective, transformative practices for school and classroom. Among the speakers and facilitators are Tom Daccord, Holly Clark, and Don Orth, as well as Christopher Sokolov and Kali Baird, who also participated in the creation of our 1-to-1 Essentials Program.

4. iTeach 2014 – San Domenico School, San Anselmo, CA: June 15-17, 2014

San Domenico School was the first school in Marin County, CA, to implement a 1-to-1 iPad program back in 2011, and is an Apple Distinguished School. It has been at the forefront of developing strategies for effective iPad implementation in the classroom (grades 3-12) and communicating effectively with families around proper use. This year’s iTeach program is the third annual professional development event hosted by the school. The program is designed for educators taking first steps in implementing 1-to-1 iPad programs in their schools and for those whose schools are working to take their programs to the next level. Since San Domenico is a boarding school, there is on-campus housing available for attendees at $85/night!

5. iPadpalooza – Westlake High School, Austin, TX: June 17-19, 2014

Founded by Carl Hooker, iPadpalooza is a three-day “learning festival” in celebration of the shift iPads have brought about in education and beyond.  This event focuses on creativity, social collaboration, engagement and features the compelling ways schools have integrated iPads into their classrooms. This year, for the first time, there is an “iLead Academy,” which takes place on June 17th and is focused on helping school and district administrators who are managing 1-to-1 implementations, and is limited to 150 attendees. iPadpalooza attracts expert speakers from all over the world, provides lots of live music and features gourmet food trucks!  

6. EdTechTeacher Summer 2014 Workshops: Several locations and dates throughout the summer

EdTechTeacher is a leading provider of professional development focused on technology integration to teachers, schools, and school administrators. With iPad Summits (referenced above) and a full complement of workshops around the U.S. this summer, they provide great resources for teachers and schools looking to deepen their knowledge and skill set for using technology to its fullest for student success. This summer, they've introduced new workshops, including “Harnessing Twitter & PLNs for Learning & Professional Growth” and “Nurturing Creative and Responsible Digital Citizens,” both in Cambridge, MA. Atlanta, Austin, Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, and Los Angeles sites continue to offer iPad and advanced iPad workshops. Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, and Los Angeles also offer Chromebook workshops.

7. Chicago Public Schools iPad Academy – Chicago, IL: Aug. 2014

This summer, Chicago Public Schools will host its 3rd annual iPad Academy, occurring in August every year. The academy provides educators an opportunity to learn from other educators who are using mobile devices to transform their classrooms. Participants learn everything from the "nuts and bolts" of managing an iPad cart to exploring ways to transform their classrooms by integrating technology in authentic and innovative ways. This conference is organized and facilitated by a committee of iPad practicing educators from Chicago Public Schools. They keep the workshops practical and useful for classroom teachers by implementing the practice of "educators teaching educators." Their goal is to ensure that participants leave with a wealth of knowledge on how to manage devices, integrate them into teaching, and transform their classrooms, all the while making strong and lasting connections with others in their field.   

8. Taft Educational Center – The Taft School, Watertown, CT: June 30-Aug. 1 (5 sessions)

The Taft Educational Center has been providing summer professional development workshops since 1976. This summer, five separate weeklong sessions will run from June 30 to Aug. 1. Since the Taft School is a boarding school, housing and meals can be included. Interesting workshops for educators seeking to deepen their skill set around 1-to-1 iPad integration include “The Amazing iPad in the Classroom,” which runs July 21–25 and again July 28–Aug. 1. Other sessions of interest to teachers integrating technology more generally include “Simple Strategies for Technology Integration,” “Basics of Classroom Technology,” and “Integrating Problem Solving, Common Core State Standards (math), and Technologies.” Faculty for these workshops are teacher experts who come from all over the country. For a complete listing of workshops, visit the TEC site.

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