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October 30, 2012 On Monday November 26 from 3:45 to 5:15 PM, please join us at Portland’s East End Community School for the third Portland Area Elementary iPad Users Group. This meeting is intended to be an informative, purposeful, and fun gathering for elementary teachers who are using iPads in their classrooms. A highlight of this event will be a FaceTime teleconference visit with Jennie Magiera (http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com), Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago. Participants will see how easy it is, and be encouraged to consider who they might be able to bring into their classroom in this way… Based on the positive feedback received from previous sessions, we will continue to use the following format: Portland teachers who are using iPads in their classrooms will lead this event. This event will provide teacher-to-teacher sharing of ideas and resources specific to differentiation. At this event, “grade level birds of a feather” groupings will ensure that those who are working in grade level clusters will be able to make the most of their time. At this event we plan to continue use of a repository for the resources shared./blog/One.aspx?portalId=7053081 iPads are being used effectively in elementary grade classrooms across Maine, with 1:1 implementations happening in multiple Portland elementary schools. This meeting will be a place for elementary teachers from Portland and surrounding communities to share knowledge & experience, successes & challenges – all with an eye towards making everyone, including your students, more effective and innovative iPad users. Our guiding question for the day will be: How can teachers help close the achievement gap by leveraging  personalized foundational learning through iPads? (Participants are encouraged to come prepared to share their ideas for differentiation and their stories of success.) Please be sure to bring along your iPad and Apple ID information so you’ll be able to download some of the apps you’ll hear about – wireless access will be available. Sixty (60) places are available for this third Portland Area Elementary iPad Users Group, and registration will close when that number is reached. Registration is available through the link below: http://bit.ly/Qgu2y5 
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 10:13 AM 115 Comments
November 16, 2012 A group of staff from Riverton and East End attended LL2012 – Leveraging Learning: the iPad in Primary Grades in Auburn 11/14 – 11/16. I wanted to share my big take-aways, and hope others who attended will add theirs to the list as well. Creation apps: These apps allow for higher-level thinking using the iPads. Instead of using an app with one purpose that hits one skill in a superficial way, these apps are flexible and can be used across the content areas for students to create a range of products and performance assessments (video, book, etc.) Examples of creation apps: ToonTastic, PaperPort Notes, EduCreations, Showbie, SlingNote, Keynote, Pages, Numbers. Jennie Magura is a teacher in Chicago who has done some AMAZING things with iPads in the classroom. Her blog is a great resource: http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/ and here is an article she’s written: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/11/07/tln_magiera_ipads.html Use QR codes in the classroom to link to things like…answer keys, room/library tour, book bin reviews, find polygons/weathering/plants on the playground, scavenger hunt around the classroom with links to student work. The possibilities are endless! To create a QR code: http://delivr.com/ to scan a QR code, use the app “scan.” Maurie, a K teacher from Auburn, put together this how-to video. Another option: Augmented Reality (app: Aurasma Lite) — like QR codes without the QR code. Edmodo: private Facebook-like app that you can use with your class to communicate and assign differentiated lessons to specific kids. Better for grades 2+. SAMR model (like a Bloom’s Taxonomy for technology) created by Ruben Puentedura (blog: http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/) Dan Meyer: a math teacher who thinks we make math too easy for kids, and it should be more authentic. A typical math lesson: he shows a video with no words and has students come up with their own questions and solve their problem. His blog: http://blog.mrmeyer.com/ Institute resources: http://institute2012.auburnschl.edu/Institute_Resources.html
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 10:11 AM 103 Comments
October 22, 2014 Hi All, Emily Liebling shared this blog with me so that we could share resources. No one has posted to it for awhile but it seems silly to start a new blog if we don’t have to. I hope you will read and comment occasionally so that we can better share some of the work that you are all doing with the iPads in your classrooms. Best, Laura Girr Technology Integrator
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 10:10 AM 93 Comments
November 16, 2014 We are just back from the 2014 Leveraging Learning conference where we  picked up lots of ideas for great uses of the iPad. In this session: Must Have Apps for Your Mathematics Learning & Teaching ToolBox (by Pam Buffington)  We had the chance to engage with mathematics apps that support research-based learning strategies and critical mathematics practices for primary grade learners. Several classrooms in Auburn are participating in this study for math at the early elementary level.  http://nextgenmath.org/ Most of these apps are free and we have  some of them already: MathAppsforearly elem Number rack The number line Number pieces basic Number pieces Number frames 10 Frame Fill Quick Images Gracie and Friends Birthday Cafe
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 10:10 AM 96 Comments
October 22, 2014 Check out this post from Yarmouth teacher Cathy Wolinsky about the math app, Hungry Fish.  http://yestechchat.blogspot.com/2014/10/…   I know many of you are also using this app with your students. What is working well? What other apps are working well for math?
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 10:09 AM 419 Comments
November 16, 2014 There were hundreds of tweets from teachers attending the Leveraging Learning conference last week. However, the most tweets were written by an army of middle school students who were there specifically to report out what was happening in each session at the conference. If you don’t have a twitter account, you can still  scan the posts on Twitter by going to a browser and entering: search.twitter.com and typing in the conference hashtag:    #adv2014.
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM 79 Comments
November 24, 2014 At the Leveraging Learning conference, I went to a couple of great presentations by a first grade teacher from Chicago named Kristin Ziemke. She has 33 students and she has them using many technology tools for learning and sharing with the global community. I think some of you would enjoy following her blog at KristinZiemke.com She reminded us that learning is social and she talked a lot about how her students connect with the world beyond their school. http://www.reading.org/reading-today/digital/post/engage/2014/04/09/learning-is-social-finding-an-audience-online#.U8xdMIBdW-U This video is a good overview of the presentation we saw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmZuZYlvZeg&feature=youtu.be
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 10:06 AM 110 Comments