Wednesday (Nov. 14)


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Optional pre-conference opportunity: Advantage 2014 Classroom Visits


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration - Hilton Garden Inn at Riverwatch


12:00 - 1:00 PM Welcome lunch


1:00 - 2:00 PM Technology & Education - Taking Action Today, Preparing for Our Tomorrows (Maine Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen & Dr. Rafael Grossmann Zamora)


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions Block 1


    How can we lead and support?

  1. A Principal's Perspective - Sue Dorris & Dr. Mike Muir - (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. What's the role of the principal in a successful iPad initiative? Learn about the successes and challenges of Auburn's iPad program from an administrator's point of view. How do iPads improve student learning and engagement? Learn how Auburn administrators provided positive pressure and support through expectations, supervision and support.


  1. Building Community Support - Katy Grondin & Dr. Keith Laser (Repeated in Block 6) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. As with all initiatives, strong communication with the community is key. Schools need to do more than simply inform parents of what is going on. Leaders need to leverage a variety of strategies to foster both understanding and support for their initiatives.


   What happens in the classroom?

  1. All Apps are not Created Equal: Using Creation Apps in the Classroom - Jennie Magiera (Repeated in Block 6) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. Come and discover how to leverage iPads to transform teaching and learning in your classroom!  Learn about the difference between content and creation apps and leverage iOS devices to create rigorous yet creative learning environments.  Also, see how you can create your own digital content and differentiate learning for students of all backgrounds and ability levels.


  1. App Speed Dating: Getting to Know Auburn's Most Used Apps - Auburn Teachers & Students (Repeated in Block 2) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. One of the most common questions Auburn hears is "what apps do you use?"  In this session hear about Auburn's apps from primary students and their teachers.


    How do we make sure the equipment will work well for users?

  1. Apple IDs, iTunes and iCloud - Your World in Sync - Lars Ljungholm (Repeated in Block 6) (60 Court St - 4th Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. As the iPad continues to enter classrooms at a rapid pace, it is essential for educators and technology support professionals to understand the best strategies for classroom implementation. This session will focus on the methods and strategies used to ensure that teachers are able to leverage the iPads to the fullest.  With proper planning, iPad implementation in an elementary school setting can be seamless and be driven by what is best classroom practice and in place of the traditional, technology driven approach.  The primary focus of this session will be Apple ID account design, app ownership, iTunes syncing and iCloud.


3:30 - 4:30 PM  Concurrent Sessions Block 2


    How can we lead and support?

  1. Professional Development in a Maturing Initiative - Dr. Mike Muir (Repeated in Block 5) (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. Come learn how Auburn is helping support and guide teachers in using iPad apps to improve literacy and math, especially as we are becoming more experienced in the initiative, have some teachers in their second year, while others are just starting. How do we integrate new grade levels? How do you grow from "pilot" to next steps? How do you establish an iterative process, continuous improvement loop?


   What happens in the classroom?

  1. iPads in Special Education - Rebecca Monks, Greg Vincent, Jessica Ritz, Michelle Hill (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. The iPad is a powerful tool for educating students with special needs.  In this session you will learn about how Auburn teachers are using iPads in special education.


  1. App Speed Dating: Getting to Know Auburn's Most Used Apps  - Auburn Teachers & Students (Repeat from Block 1) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. One of the most common questions Auburn hears is "what apps do you use?"  In this session hear about Auburn's apps from primary students and their teachers.


  How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Does it work? Teachers and others looking for the evidence - Dr. Damian Bebell, Sue Dorris, Amy Heimerl (Repeated in Block 5) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Do iPads improve student achievement? Members of Auburn's research team will discuss findings from last year's randomized comparison study that investigated the effects of iPad use on the reading achievement scores of kindergarten students. Kindergarten teacher Amy Heimerl will also share the results of her action research on iPads and student achievement in math.


    How do we make sure the equipment will work well for users?

  1. Apple Configurator and Volume Purchase Program - Lars Ljungholm (60 Court St - 4th Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. Apple Configurator is a free Mac application that makes it easy for schools to mass configure and deploy iOS devices.  With simple workflows, you can prepare iPads to ensure they are running the latest version of iOS and configure settings for immediate distribution.  If you wish to install institutionally purchased apps on a set of iPads, there is the added option of supervision which also helps if you need to maintain a standard configuration. Geared towards a more technical audience, this session will provide a brief overview of the Apple Volume Purchase program and a more in depth discussion and demonstration of Apple Configurator and when to best leverage this powerful tool.


4:45 - 6:15 PM Offsite networking reception at Museum L-A


6:30 PM Dinner & keynote - Customizing Learning Opportunities (Bea McGarvey)


Thursday (Nov. 15)


7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Buffet


8:30 - 9:00 AM General Session - Design of the Day & Why


9:15 - 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions Block 3


   How can we lead and support?

  1. MOBLE: Mobility for Leaders in Education - Kathy Shirley (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. Research shows technology integration in the classroom begins with site leadership.  With a small grant, Escondido Union School District created a pilot project, called MobLE (Mobility for Leadership in Education), to determine how mobile technology can improve administrators' ability to facilitate technology integration in the classroom, as well as how it can assist with making leadership more streamlined and effective.   Learn how this highly effective and engaging model for building an administrative professional learning network has revolutionized the leadership workflow in Escondido.  Our resource site and example projects will be shared.


  1. So Your Initiative Isn't Going as Well as You'd Like... What Do You Do Next? - Dr. Mike Muir (Repeated in Block 6) (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. So you have started your initiative, but you are feeling bumps in the road. What are the specific things that leadership needs to insure happens, what are the key components to address, and what are the effective strategies to get you there? This session will offer a variety of practical strategies, models, and tools that you can use to lead change effectively in your school.


   What happens in the classroom?

  1. Digitizing Math Metacognition - Jennie Magiera (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Chambers)

  2. This session will explore different activities that can increase math metacognition and problem solving skills while integrating with teachers' existing math programs and Common Core State Standards.  Participants will learn how to increase differentiation and improve assessment through various iPad activities such as blogging, screencasting, and problem creation.


  1. A Day in the Life of an iPad  - Kelly McCarthy & Carol Miller (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. What does my iPad do at school, what does it do, what does it do?  Oh what does my iPad do at school, when I begin my day?  What does my iPad do at school, what does it do, what does it do? Oh what does my iPad do at school, when I begin my day? It can go to... special events, literacy centers, writer's workshop, read-to-self, read-a-louds, math centers, science centers, on field trips and go home to meet the family! hat's what my iPad does at school, yes, that's what my iPad does. Come join the session and find out the details!


  How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Using Process and Outcome Data to Inform Your Initiative - Sue Dorris & Dr. Keith Laser (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Data and research are essential components of an iPad implementation plan. Learn how Auburn's leadership team gathered process and outcome data to assess the iPad initiative.


    How do we make sure the equipment will work well for users?

  1. OS X Server and Profile Manager 2 - Steve Ragalevsky (60 Court St - 4th Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. Profile Manager simplifies deploying, configuring, and managing iOS devices across your school or district. It's one place where you create profiles to configure system settings; enforce restrictions; set PIN and password policies; and more. Because it is integrated with the Apple Push Notification service, Profile Manager can send out updated configurations over the air, automatically. And it includes web-based administration, so you can manage your server from any modern web browser. Come to this session to see and learn about Profile Manager first hand and find out if this is the right technology to leverage for your iPad implementation.


10:30 - 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions Block 4


    How can we lead and support?

  1. Auburn's Customized Learning and the role of iPads - Dr. Mike Muir, Shelly Mogul & Mauri Dufour (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. Anyone who works in schools knows that students learn in different time frames and in different ways. Auburn, like 32 other districts in Maine, is launching a monumental professional development effort to reform their schools around Customized Learning, an approach that relies on leveraging technology for learning. How can schools leverage iPads to personalize learning?


   What happens in the classroom?

  1. Transforming Literacy with iOS Devices - Kathy Shirley (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. Incredibly engaging, immensely portable, and extraordinarily versatile, the iPad and iPod touch have been the focus of much excitement in the educational world of late.  Learn how the Escondido Union School District has been using these devices for the past seven years to transform literacy instruction and improve the academic achievement of students.  Best practices, example projects, and achievement data will be shared.


  1. Digital Kindergarten Project - Mobile Device Making Evolution - Satoshi Yamawaki & Masaki Kuribayashi (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Chambers)

  2. We have been implementing the NASE (NAgano Super Education) Project for a one-year period that started in April 2012, at Saku Kindergarten located in Saku-shi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. A student management system called PochittoLog is central to this project. Management staff such as teachers input and confirm the students' statuses ranging from attendance to physical conditions, by using iPod touches/iPhones. Besides, students will experience the unique way of learning with digital devices such as iPads or other big touchscreen devices; in the future, learning records on these devices will be merged with data on PochittoLog. The ultimate goal of this project is to achieve a more reliable and effective form of early childhood education by using the analytics tracking various data including learning records.


  1. So Many Apps, So Little Time: Choosing and Using Quality Apps - Carol Miller & Shelly Mogul (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. The review and selection of apps can be an overwhelming task.  In this session, you will hear what Auburn has learned about app selection from the first year of implementation, get familiar with the revised selection guidelines, and hear stories of how iPad apps are being put to use by teachers.


  How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Pragmatic Frameworks for iPad Project Assessment - Dr. Ruben Puentedura & Dr. Damian Bebell (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. When exploring new territory in the use of educational technology, it is useful to have rough maps and compasses to help guide our next steps. We will see how to build these tools using a set of principles derived from the research of Dr. Seymour Papert. The process does not require large outlays of time or resources, and can be used by an individual teacher to assess the effectiveness of the introduction of a new tool in their classroom. The results are not limited to assessment: they also suggest components that teachers can incorporate into the next phase of their course design process.


    How do we make sure the equipment will work well for users?

  1. Auburn’s Technical Management Story - Peter Robinson (60 Court St - 4th Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. In Auburn our efforts are all about teaching and learning.  And that includes our technology management efforts.  In this session you will hear directly from Technology Director Peter Robinson about Auburn's management of their 1:1 iPad implementation in kindergarten and Grade 1, and how their technical efforts have been part of the larger educational improvement effort. 


12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch


1:20- 3:40 PM Facilitated Team Work


4:00 - 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions Block 5


    How can we lead and support?

  1. Professional Development in a Maturing Initiative - Dr. Mike Muir (Repeat from Block 2) (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. Come learn how Auburn is helping support and guide teachers in using iPad apps to improve literacy and math, especially as we are becoming more experienced in the initiative, have some teachers in their second year, while others are just starting. How do we integrate new grade levels? How do you grow from "pilot" to next steps? How do you establish an iterative process, continuous improvement loop?


  1. Should Students Take them Home? Lessons from Auburn's Take-Home Exploration - Kelly McCarthy & Jessica Curato (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Chambers)

  2. Some parents and educators are concerned about allowing iPads to go home with primary grades students.  At the same time, the power of extending the learning to home and to the family when technology goes home, is well documented. Find out what two teachers learned when they sent iPads home with their Kindergarten students.


   What happens in the classroom?

  1. Formative Assessment for Fluency - Kathy Shirley (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. Traditional methods for improving fluency have been approached using several methods - paired student reading, echo reading, and miscue analysis. However, as you learn to dance, you practice in front of a mirror, so that your reflection can provide the immediate feedback you need to improve.  These traditional methods of fluency practice do not provide the instant feedback nor digital collection necessary to significantly impact learning.  Discover how one school district has been using iOS devices as a “mirror” for struggling readers, developing successful digital strategies to improve fluency and comprehension.  Best practices, equipment recommendations, and achievement data will be shared.


  1. Follow the River: Designing Robust iPad Flows - Dr. Ruben Puentedura (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. Many of the best iPad apps are compact and efficient, designed to execute just a few tasks very well. To bring out their full potential, they need to be linked into flows that relay the output of one app into the input of the next. We will see how to design these flows using a number of frameworks, including the SAMR model and Bloom's Taxonomy. At the same time, we will also see how to incorporate 21st Century literacies as essential design principles in the process. Our discussion will reach beyond theory: we will look at sets of exemplary apps, and flows that make best use of their capabilities.


  How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Does it work? Teachers and others looking for the evidence - Dr. Damian Bebell, Sue Dorris, Amy Heimerl (Repeat from Block 2) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Do iPads improve student achievement? Members of Auburn's research team will discuss findings from last year's randomized comparison study that investigated the effects of iPad use on the reading achievement scores of kindergarten students. Kindergarten teacher Amy Heimerl will also share the results of her action research on iPads and student achievement in math.


    How do we make sure the equipment will work well for users?

  1. Mobile Device Management - Chris Czel & Peter Robinson (60 Court St - 4th Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. JAMF Software’s Casper Suite allows you to create and send, over the air, profiles to configure, manage and enforce policies on your iOS devices. It also integrates with Apple's Volume Purchase Program and can deploy apps, eBooks and other instructional materials to your students. Come see how we can help, at your initial deployment and throughout the year.


5:00 - 6:30 PM Open Time - Use as teams choose


6:30 PM Dinner & Keynote - Story Hour: Tales from our iPad Classrooms - Auburn Classroom Teachers & Others


Friday (Nov. 16)


7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Buffet


8:45 - 9:45 AM Concurrent Sessions Block 6


    How can we lead and support?

  1. So Your Initiative Isn't Going as Well as You'd Like... What Do You Do Next? - Dr. Mike Muir (Repeat from Block 3) (60 Court St - 2nd Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. So you have started your initiative, but you are feeling bumps in the road. What are the specific things that leadership needs to insure happens, what are the key components to address, and what are the effective strategies to get you there? This session will offer a variety of practical strategies, models, and tools that you can use to lead change effectively in your school.


  1. Building Community Support - Katy Grondin & Dr. Keith Laser (Repeat from Block 1) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. As with all initiatives, strong communication with the community is key. Schools need to do more than simply inform parents of what is going on. Leaders need to leverage a variety of strategies to foster both understanding and support for their initiatives.


   What happens in the classroom?

  1. Redesigning Managed Independent Learning Zones with the iPad in Kindergarten Classrooms - Marcia Boody & Kelly McCarthy (Best Practices in Literacy) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. When technology is integrated effectively, it enhances instruction.  In this session, learn how Auburn teachers melded their knowledge of best practices in literacy with the use of the iPad to create excellent literacy instruction for all students.


  1. All Apps are not Created Equal: Using Creation Apps in the Classroom - Jennie Magiera (Repeat from Block 1) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. Come and discover how to leverage iPads to transform teaching and learning in your classroom!  Learn about the difference between content and creation apps and leverage iOS devices to create rigorous yet creative learning environments.  Also, see how you can create your own digital content and differentiate learning for students of all backgrounds and ability levels.


    How do we make sure the equipment will work well for users?

  1. Apple IDs, iTunes and iCloud - Your World in Sync - Steve Ragalevsky (Repeated from Block 1) (60 Court St - 4th Floor Conf. Rm.)

  2. As the iPad continues to enter classrooms at a rapid pace, it is essential for educators and technology support professionals to understand the best strategies for classroom implementation. This session will focus on the methods and strategies used to ensure that teachers are able to leverage the iPads to the fullest.  With proper planning, iPad implementation in an elementary school setting can be seamless and be driven by what is best classroom practice and in place of the traditional, technology driven approach.  The primary focus of this session will be Apple ID account design, app ownership, iTunes syncing and iCloud.


10:00 - 10:45 AM - Keynote - Integration isn't Enough: Redefining the Innovative Classroom - Jennie Magiera

  1. For years we have heard the term "technology integration." This session begs the question, "What if simply integrating technology isn't enough?" Explore what it means to truly redefine a learning space through digital devices. Learn why iPads are more than "novel" and "cool,” but are actual levers that can effect change. See real-world examples of how to re-think your curriculum while maintaining growth in Common Core State Standards.


10:45 - 11:45  AM  Planning Next Steps - Using what you have learned.


11:45 -12:00 PM Closing Comments & Doorprizes


12:00 -1:00 PM Box Lunch (and final conversations for those who would like to stay)


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Optional post-conference opportunity: Advantage 2014 Classroom Visits

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