Where We are Focusing our Learning Together Now
Collaborative Instructional Design A “passion project” for teachers– take the opportunity to focus on specific technology and learning integration goals that you have set for yourself directed at a specific lesson or unit of study with structured support that begins this summer and extends into the new school year as I provide:
• Dedicated time and opportunity. Focus on, explore and design instructional learning experiences and the resources to support them.
• Flexible approach. Work one-on-one or within teams with the promise of extended and connected supports from colleagues.
• Continuous and consistent support: We will prepare for planned rollout, practice a supported implementation followed by scheduled debriefs and reflective discussion to evaluate how the learning goals are being met and adapt for next cycles.
iWork Smarter & the new Schoolwork With the latest iOS and OS updates- Apple has advanced potential even more in the feature-rich Pages, Keynotes and Numbers. We’ll explore these major improvements and their ability to figure meaningfully in your instructional design and student learning. Additionally, we’ll dive into the new Schoolwork app and its ability to coordinate and support both individual and collaborative learning on student iPads.
Tap the Potential– working with digital text in macOS and iOS While our own learning experiences as K-12 students centered almost exclusively
around print resources, today’s students are natives of a digital world. As educators, we have a responsibility to experience, evaluate and respond to the vastly expanded interactivity presented in electronic resources and the devices we use to interface with them. We will explore the diverse options and variety of experiences working with and authoring digital text in the macOS and iOS.
Schoology Foundations- First Steps with our new LMS Prepare for the new school year designing course elements and preparing materials
in our LMS. Your materials are the backbone of your course– let’s look at the tools you need to build diverse materials designed to engage students- develop folders, assignments, and quizzes to fit specific needs within each class. Explore the role files, links, discussions, pages and media albums play within the course, along with individual strengths and engagement methods.
Schoology Next Steps: Courses, Workflow, Feedback & Engagement Dive deeper into our LMS to prepare materials, design course elements, explore the
gradebook, and consider how you'll engage students to advance learning in the year ahead. We'll give you the tools available to build diverse materials. Develop folders, assignments, and quizzes to fit specific needs within each class. Explore the role files, links, discussions, pages and media albums play within the course -- and begin thinking about how we may teach students to use Schoology effectively.
Keynote for Student Learning- Drive Intentional Interactive Instruction (or Goodbye ActivInspire, Hello Keynote) For the first time users are able to draw, sketch or write using a stylus or their finger in the Pages , Keynote, Numbers and Notes apps. These "smart" annotations are anchored to the text and remain fully editable as you share and collaborate. These iWork apps cross the full spectrum of interactivity from personalized annotations with individual student work to shared collaborations and whole group instruction. Additionally, Keynote provides the opportunity to animate drawings like any other object via Magic Move or other effects. Whether your initial goal is to transition from ActivInspire flipcharts or to build interactive, flexible presentations that can instantly become learning resources, we will explore everything from best practices for design and visual presentation elements to the diverse instructional strategies that Keynote supports.
Dive into iCloud Sharing & Collaboration The move to a managed Apple ID environment Collaboration is built into the iWork apps on the iPad, Mac and iCloud.com. Share and/or invite others to your Pages, Keynote, Numbers and Notes and work on the same file together — no creating copies, sending attachments, or managing versions. Pages, Keynote, Numbers and Notes offers unparalled feature sets of interactivity, multimedia and crossover application that extend far beyond word-processing, presentation and spreadsheet software. Fully explore each individually while also establishing new connections between each as well.
From Clips to iMovie: the Power of Visual Storytelling Our students’ facility for and expectations to learn visually have never been higher with the advent of the mobile built-in camera. Our constant communication in pictures can become an integral part of the student learning experience where alternative ways to provide evidence of learning and check for understanding are supported by core tools like Clips and iMovie. These resources offer incredible flexibility, ease of use and responsiveness to varying levels of need. From field trips to formative assessments we’ll explore how to tap into the visual realm
Developing Executive Function Skills and Tapping into Accessibility tools Executive Function Skills are tied to three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. They are highly interrelated and the application of each asks for coordination with another. When students struggle with executive functioning it affects their learning; planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking are all impacted. We will dive into core iOS apps like Calendar, Reminders, and Notes to see how their use - with students and teachers - can support executive functioning and benefit to learners.
Both the iPad’s iOS and the Mac’s OS offer a diverse and powerful array of accessbility tools that can benefit every learner. From speech to text to speech and keyboard/gesture shortcuts to display options and Siri commands we’ll explore the full range of options for teachers and students to utilize regularly.
Transitioning to New Managed Apple IDs for Students and Staff
Want to get started and transition yourself to your new Managed Apple ID?
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