July 2012 Newsletter 

Happy summer! At EdTechTeacher, we are well into our busiest season of the year. Between traveling to schools and hosting our summer workshop series, these next few weeks give us a great opportunity to visit with colleagues, make new acquaintances, and learn new tools - many of which are described below. We still have a few spots left in our July 16-18 Teaching the Elementary Grades with Technology workshop as well as the August 2-3 Teaching the Civil War and WWII workshop as well as a few others if you can come join us at Harvard.

This summer, we are also gearing up for the November 6-8 EdTechTeacher iPad Summit. This promises to be exciting event, drawing educators and thought-leaders from across the country and abroad.

We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months - whether you are joining us at Harvard, or we are coming to you.

Enjoy the time off!
The EdTechTeacher Team
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Call for Proposals  EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA
EdTechTeacher invites applications to present from individuals representing all education levels, content areas, and specialties, as well as industry and technology experts. If accepted, your presentation will be scheduled as one of the concurrent, 1-hour sessions planned for the November 7-8, 2012 national conference.

Throughout the conference, we plan to address three key conference strands:
  • Classroom Integration: Pedagogy, Curriculum, & Assessment  
  • Leadership: Designing for Innovation & Supporting Innovation through Professional Development  
  • Technical: Deployment & Management to Support Teaching and Learning

Whether you are a veteran iPad user or going to be only a few months into a pilot program, we hope to hear how you are leveraging these devices to create dynamic learning environments. Apply Today! The application deadline is August 1st. Please contact us if you have any questions please .  

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Registration Open  EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA
Registration for the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit is now open! Early Bird pricing will be available until 9/30/2012. Come join us at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School for the November 6 pre-conference workshop day and the November 7-8 full conference.
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Pre-Conference Workshops

Come join EdTechTeacher's Tom Daccord, Beth Holland, and Greg Kulowiec for a full day of hands-on workshops. Choose from one of these three dynamic sessions: The iPad Classroom, iPads in the Elementary Classroom, or Creating Digital & Multimedia Content.
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Full Conference Details  

The full conference will run from November 7-8, 2012, and offer two days of keynotes, concurrent sessions, and informal learning events along the strands of Classroom Integration, Leadership, and Technical. In addition to the EdTechTeacher team, featured presenters include:  

  • Tony Wagner - Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University, author of The Global Achievement Gap and the recently published Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.
  • Eric Klopfer - Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT.
  • Patrick Larkin - Principal of Burlington High School, MA, and national leader in K-12 school transition to a 1:1 iPad environment.
  • Megan Wilson - author of iPodsibilites, special education teacher, and Apple Distinguished Educator.
  • Richard Byrne - author of the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers.
  • Lainie Rowell - independent consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and former elementary school teacher. 
Visit http://ipadsummitusa.org/registration/ for more information. You can also follow #ettipad on Twitter for updates and news.

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New Tools & Ideas:
What We've Learned So Far This  Summer
One of the great benefits of summer workshops is that we all get an opportunity to learn and try new things. Here are a few highlights from some of our workshops.

StoryJumper - The FREE classroom edition provides templates to use with students to support the writing process as well as an easy system for managing student work. The StoryJumper creator lets students create their own books, including their own artwork. Completed books can be shared online, or even ordered as printed hard copies. The sharing options allow teachers to also control who has access to completed projects that are published to the web.

Storybird - While we have been using this tool for quite some time, we discovered that Storybird released a new Teacher Edition. Students no longer need an email address in order to create stories. With a FREE teacher account, it is now possible to create and collect class assignments as well as to manage student accounts. With Storybird, students can create their own stories and then illustrate them with professional artwork.

ScribblePress - This FREE app lets students create and publish their own iBooks straight from an iPad. In addition to coming with dozens of pre-made, fully customizable templates, students can create their own works from scratch. Teachers in our Atlanta workshops found this to be a great alternative for curating content to be read by students.

Instagrok - A fantastic alternative to searching with Google that provides visual results that allow students to gain a broad understanding through visual connections. Search a topic or keyword, and a web of ideas is instantly revealed that connects the primary search term to related terms in a visual display. Along with the visual search results, searching a topic will yield relevant video clips and websites.

Thinglink  - No longer do images that teachers and students use for presentations have to be static presentations. Thinglink is a new web tool that allows images to be uploaded and tagged with hot spots. These hot spots can be text, links to web based content, or YouTube videos. When the image is viewed online, the hot spots become click-able and reveal the embedded content. Thinglink allows for a completely new approach to using images in the classroom and provides a new medium by which students can present image based content for projects or assignments.

Looking for lessons plans to use in your classroom? Here are some of our favorite places find lesson plans by grade level and topic.
In This Issue
iPad Summit Call for Proposals
Registration Open for the iPad Summit
New Tools and Ideas
Award Winning News!
Where's EdTechTeacher?
Summer Workshops Update
Award Winning News!
This past school year has been a big one for Co-Directors Tom Daccord and Justin Reich. In addition to being invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as  Outstanding Educators in Residence, both of them have been honored for their work in education.

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SW2012 BannerOn June 23rd, Tom was notified that he has been awarded the Education Leadership Award from Asia's Best B-School Awards.

"The Asia's Best B-School Awards are presented to Individuals and Institutions who have surpassed several levels of excellence and set an example of being a role model and exemplary leadership."

Justin Reich
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In addition to earning his Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Justin was named one of the 2012 ISTE Emerging Leaders.

"The annual award is presented to outstanding young educators under the age of 35 who demonstrate vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve learning and teaching."
Where's EdTechTeacher?

We try to keep the EdTechTeacher home page up-to-date with our comings and goings; however, if you don't check daily, you might just miss us in the summer! Since the end of May, we have been in Florida, New York, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Wisconsin, California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii.

In the coming weeks, in addition to our workshops at Harvard, here's where you might find us:
  • Fay School 
  • The Choice Summer Institute at Brown 
  • Scituate, MA 
  • Indian Creek School
  • BLC Conference 
  • MA New Literacies Institute  
  • Coe Brown Academy 
  • EdCamp CT 
  • The Massachusetts Teachers Association Conference
  • The University of Chicago Lab School
  • Lafayette, LA  
  • Mauvee Country Day School
  • Nova School
  • Groton, CT
  • Hopkinton, MA
  • Thayer Academy 
  • Derby Academy
  • Chesterfield, VA  

Summer Workshops Update

Our 10th Annual Summer Teaching with Technology Workshop Series is well underway. We had a great week in Atlanta with Teaching the Elementary Grades and iPads & ePubs in the Classroom. Followed by two great weeks at Harvard with our Teaching Foreign Languages with Technology, Teaching Ancient Egypt, Greece, & Rome with Technology, and  Teaching History with Technology workshops. There are still a few spots left for later this summer.

Teaching Technology to Teachers: 10 Years of Tips & Secrets from EdTechTeacher
(July 12 or July 26-27) with EdTechTeacher's Tom Daccord, Justin Reich, and Beth Holland

Teaching the Elementary Grades with Technology (June 11-13, July 16-18, or August 2-3) with FableVision Ambassador and Discovery Educator Network STAR, Suzy Brooks and EdTechTeacher's Tom Daccord and Beth Holland

Teaching Civil War And WWII With Technology (August 2-3) with guest instructor Deborah Chad, Director of Program Technology at Facing History and Ourselves and EdTechTeacher's Tom Daccord and Greg Kulowiec

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