I truly enjoy sharing my app-thusiasm for iLearning with others. Over the summer, I conducted a two day iPad Academy with East Central. Since then, I have been asked to return to facilitate curriculum planning sessions.
While I am there to share my iKnowledge, I always find I learn something during the process:
Podcast Reflections: Miguel Guhlin, East Central Technology Director, pulled me aside after lunch and spent a few minutes (15:16 to be exact – full interview here) interviewing me about the framework of the session and response to teacher concerns about limited number of iPads and unfamiliarity with the device. I love the idea of using podcasts to reflect on learning. Even just listening to it a few months later was such a wonderful digital testament to how much had changed and how much had remained the same. I plan on “borrowing” this model to conduct a podcast series featuring students “10 Things I Wish My Teacher Knew About the iPad” and a vodcast reflection series with teachers that are using the iPad in the classroom to document their struggles and successes.
- Planning vs. Workshops: I also would like to emulate the idea of scheduling an iXpert to collaborate and facilitate curriculum planning with a district. Oftentimes, districts bring in someone to conduct a 1 day workshop that leaves little time for collaboration and support. Using this model, East Central brings me in once a nine weeks to align their CScope standards to the iPad and then support teachers as they plan their nine weeks. I spent 30-45 minutes sharing apps and project ideas with each group and the rest of the day was devoted to curriculum planning. Teachers were not only pleased with this model – they were very productive!
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