Verizon Mobile Learning Academy
A free professional development course for educators
Verizon Foundation, in partnership with the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Technology in Education, is launching the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, a virtual, moderated professional development course offered to teams of educators for free.
The course, based on promising results produced by the professional development model delivered in the Verizon Innovate Learning Schools, includes five modules developed around ISTE standards. Course modules are designed to help teachers, administrators and tech coaches implement effective mobile learning initiatives in their schools and classrooms. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Johns Hopkins University will be offered to teachers completing the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy courses.
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Mobile Learning (Mobile Devices, Apps,Tablets)
I have an iPad – Now What? Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young
Touch tablets—iPad and Android—are the consumer electronic with the fastest adoption rate ever. In exploring ways these devices will impact education, many districts are beginning with school administrators. This workshop provides an opportunity for new iPad users to learn some critical usage skills and also explore School Technology tools and strategies for selecting apps that support instruction use on the iPad.
Mobile Devices in the Science ClassroomPresenter: Ben and Jared
Science and technology form a natural bond that allows for the creation of a better learning environment for students and teachers. Attend this webinar to learn how to change the face of a traditional science classroom through the use of mobile devices, apps, Google Apps for Education and a complete change to the process of scientific inquiry.
Parent Engagement and Mobile LearningPresenter: Monica Burton
With students spending 80 percent of their time outside of School, it is more important than ever to partner with families and communities in the effort to prepare students for college and career readiness. Discover how to put mobile devices to work 24/7 to engage both parents and students during non-school hours to ensure learning success!
iPad for BeginnersPresenter: Chris O'Neal
iPads are famous for not coming with any kind of instruction manual. Learn things you might not pick up on immediately, as well as tricks to make the iPad an integral part of your, and your students' learning.
iPod Touches in the K-12 ClassroomPresenter: Robert Craven
Tiny devices, big impact. Learn how manage your iPod Touches, take your devices online, and of course, encourage creation in the classroom. Robert Craven is an educator with a technology obsession. An educator for over 15 years now, Robert quickly realized the impact technology made on both his teaching and student learning; this discovery started him on his endless journey into the integration, development and practice of technology and curricular integration.
iPad for Intermediate/Advanced UsersPresenter: Chris O'Neal
Now that you've had your iPad for a while, you're comfortable with it. But you would like to be more productive and less clunky with it. Learn how this nimble device can help you be more efficient and effective in the classroom and beyond.
Android Tablets for BeginnersPresenter: Robbie Grimes
There are so many Android flavors on the market. In this session, Robbie Grimes provides an introduction to Android tablets including the hardware and software. Additionally, he provides tips for implementing Android tablets in your classroom.
Getting Past the Glitz: Choosing Apps that Support InstructionPresenter: Susan Brooks-Young
First use of a new technology often becomes entrenched use—even when better resources are identified later. Educators must approach use of tablets and other touch technologies with a critical eye. This session offers tools educators can use to expand their own understanding of the importance of—and strategies for—selecting mobile apps for instructional uses as part of a school's overall plan for effective instruction.
Android Tablets for Intermediate/Advanced UsersPresenter: Robbie Grimes
If you are already familiar with the Android tablet, you might be interested to know how to utilize Android tablets in the classroom. Robbie also gives tips for managing tablets in a classroom.
Edmodo As a Classroom Management ToolPresenter: Victor Fitzjarrald
This webinar covers the practical aspects for how to implement Edmodo in your K-12 classroom. The session will cover how to create groups for your classes, using the assignment and quiz tool as well as communication options within the platform. The session will also touch on ways to integrate this tool into your classroom practice.
BYOD Programs: Baby Steps for SchoolsPresenter: Susan Brooks-Young
BYOD initiatives are growing in popularity, but they require thoughtful planning and implementation. This session will provide opportunities to familiarize yourself with current research and trends related to Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives, consider factors that increase chances for a successful implementation as well as provides a few baby steps for schools to consider before rolling out their BYOD program.
Best High School Educational Apps for iPads, iPhones, and Mobile DevicesPresenter: Alice Kristie
Ignite students' love of learning with interactive educational apps for mobile devices. Discover hundreds of free and inexpensive apps for high school classrooms. Designed for all curricular areas.
Take Your Game Mobile with Apps and AR!Presenter: Kay Novak
Learn how to use mobile learning and augmented reality (AR) to create academically based mysteries, whodunits and scenarios! Explore Project Outbreak as an example of a biology mystery that engages students in an epidemiology scenario that includes problem solving, critical inquiry, mobile learning and global competency.
Math and Mobile DevicesPresenter: Linda Fahlberg-Stojanovska. Ph.D.
The focus of this webinar will be on apps, sites and approaches just for math teachers. Linda has found great resources for you and your students to get the most out of your mobile devices.
Create Mobile Explorations for your students with Active Explorer!Presenter: Bob Hirshon
In five minutes, with no programming knowledge, you can make your own kid-friendly expeditions for students that they can access on their smartphones or tablets. With a free Active Explorer account, you'll have access to the “Quest Creator,” where you'll name your Quest, type an invitation, and build a “to do” list detailing what you want your kids to collect. Students then join the Quest on their mobile device, see your Quest instructions and have access to all the tools they'll need to complete it: camera, sketch pad, data charts, graphing tool, audio recorder, GPS, etc. When they're done, they upload their collection to their own on-line work space, where they can make reports, posters presentations—even comic strips—and share them with you.
Free Apps for the Mobile ClassroomPresenter: Monica Burns
iTunes features more than a million apps for sale. With so many options, choosing the right apps for a mobile classroom can be wildly overwhelming. Get an overview of the perfect free apps for developing your mobile learning environment, and explore how they can facilitate student collaboration and help foster critical thinking skills—whether you have just a few devices or a set for the whole class.
Curators of Knowledge: Students’ New Role in the Digital Collaborative ClassroomPresenter: Naomi Harm
Explore how students become curators of knowledge in the new digital collaborative classroom and discover online project tools such as Projects by Jen, Traveling Rhinos and Google Connected Classrooms. Harm will model effective strategies for online collaboration and provide free learning resources such as the ISTE Standards for Teachers and Students to cultivate a global collaborative classroom for your K-12 students.
Flipped Classroom: Tradition Upside DownPresenter: Annyce Dey
A hot trend in education, flipped classrooms provide a way for teachers to spend more time working with their students and less time lecturing. Learn the basics of how the flipped classroom model works and get a snapshot of how to implement it in a K-12 classroom.
Students as Content Creators and ContributorsPresenter: Julene Reed
Learning opportunities abound for promoting creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking through the use of technology. Although educators have a wide-variety of technologies to use, it really doesn't matter what you have, but rather what you are doing with it to promote learning. This session showcases numerous applications with examples of how they can be used to promote the four C's, encourage students to be more than consumers of information, but rather creators and contributors.
Imagining Future Friendly Schools: Leveraging Mobile Technology to Drive Global Citizenship, Environmental Stewardship and Student Engagement!Presenter: Michael Furdyk
TakingITGlobal co-founder Michael Furdyk will discuss his experiences harnessing the power of technology to foster digital youth engagement, global education and social innovation among today's students in this 2014 VILS Virtual Conference Keynote. What does the future of a globally connected school look like? Find out how one organization is empowering young people to tackle global challenges, and discover how you can connect your students to projects happening all over the world.
Best Practices in Creating Blended AssignmentsPresenter: Kristin Kipp
In this session, Kristin Kipp, the iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year will share best practices in creating blended assignments for your classroom. Blended assignments are those that incorporate both face-to-face elements as well as online elements to create a truly unique educational experience for students.
Project Based Learning with a 1:1 InitiativePresenter: Mandy Wilson
Learn how to design and implement project-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. PBL takes students through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge.
Flipped Learning – A Key to Differentiating InstructionPresenter: Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams
Learn how flipping instruction as homework time allows teachers to differentiate learning activities for every learner.
Improve Student LiteracyPresenter: Ebony Schoon
This session will help you develop the skills needed to use mobile devices for increasing student engagement in literacy in order to meet the demands of the Common Core Standards.
Resources for Differentiating with Mobile LearningPresenter: Karen Fasimpaur
This session will focus on free, open-licensed content resources that can be used to differentiate learning in mobile environments. You'll leave this session with a plethora of great content that you can put to immediate use with your learners.
Get Started Using Cell Phones in the ClassroomPresenter: Liz Kolb
Interested in using student cell phones in learning? Discuss policies, safety, permission forms, and parents. Create and explore examples of successful implementation projects in K-12.
The Basics of Flipped LearningPresenter: Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams
Learn more about Flipped Learning and how to reach all of your students in every class every day. This overview will introduce participants to the concept of flipped learning: Where educators are actively transferring the responsibility and ownership of learning to the students.
Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical TextsPresenter: Doug Buehl
Discover why integrating literacy practices into the flow of regular disciplinary instruction is integral to 21st-century learners. As students strive to meet new rigorous standards, teachers of science, mathematics, and technical subjects face an urgent need to mentor students as readers of the varied texts of their disciplines. The Common Core State Literacy Standards expect students in the STEM disciplines to meet 10 reading standards that assume learners are regularly reading and comprehending complex texts in these disciplines. As a result, all teachers must ensure that students can independently access the knowledge in technical texts.
Partner: ReadWriteThink, IRA
Mobilize Mathematics: Mobile Learning Meets the Common Core CurriculumPresenter: Helen Crompton
This webinar will be full of practical tips and ideas which can be taken directly back to the classroom. Designed for elementary and middle school math teachers, this webinar will describe useful apps and show the participants how to create authentic real-world activities.
Khan Academy: The Long “Khan” or Ed Reform?Presenter: Victor Fitzjarrald
This session will explain what Khan Academy is, how it got started, the pros and cons as well as how it can be used to support differentiated instruction as well as remediation. Finally, the presenter will discuss of Khan Academy can support the “flipped classroom” model.
How to Go PaperlessPresenter: AJ Juliani
In a perfect BYOD world, students and teachers would no longer have a “need” for paper resources. See how my class went paperless, and how you can make the switch in five practical steps.
iPads as part of a Universal Design for Learning ToolkitPresenter: Alex Dunn
In this webinar, class profiling and goal selection act as the starting point for exploring how apps, accessibility features and the integration of the iPad with external devices (switches, interactive whiteboards) can provide multiple means of representation, expression and engagement for ALL in collaborative, inclusive learning environments.
Formative Assessment ToolsPresenter: Victor Fitzjarrald
Learn about a variety of assessment tools, such as Socrative, Google Forms, and PollEverywhere.
Did They Get It? Assessment and EdmodoPresenter: Melinda Lula
Gather valuable assessment data using the social networking tool Edmodo and give student the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities digital age style. Mesh web 2.0 tools with assessment in order to better understand their students' progress and ultimately improve student learning
- to present learning and assessment opportunities that are available anytime, anywhere
- to provide valuable feedback to students
- to promote increased collaboration among students and other teachers
Teaching & Learning Tools
Google Tools for the ClassroomPresenter: Tammy Worcester
Explore a variety of Google tools, such as maps and reading levels, used by Tammy Worcester and enjoy shared tech tips
Google FormsPresenter: Tammy Worcester
In this session, we'll go beyond the basics to make Google Spreadsheets and Forms more powerful by: Using formulas, functions, and scripts; Creating our own custom charts and graphs; Adding logic-branching to our forms; Finding (and creating our own) cool templates; and more! We'll also take advantage of the collaborative brainpower in the room during a sharing/problem-solving time. Bring any Google SS & Forms solutions you'd like to show off, or come with a question or problem to challenge the group.
ePortfolios: a shining reflection of their work!Presenter: Carol Teitelman
Help students proudly share their work in a digital portfolio that reflects their learning accomplishments. By converting your students' classroom work into a mobile- friendly digital format, you create an online portfolio they can share with family, potential colleges, other students or the whole world. Find out how to guide your students in choosing the most illuminating examples of their products and processes.
Makerspace in the ClassroomPresenter: Andrew Carle and Josh Ajima
Imagining students as designers and makers and allowing them to share their ideas with the world has become both simpler and more complex with the introduction of technology in the classroom. Find out how to help students discover the power of making with a fast-paced introduction to the maker movement and classroom makerspaces.
Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating: Seven simple steps to open the door to Worldwide Learning in K12 schoolsPresenter: Vicki Davis
Find out how to get your students connected and find collaborative partners online while still meeting standards, and discover examples of connected learning from other schools. You'll learn step by step how to take your classroom global from an internationally recognized leader and classroom teacher who has collaborated with her students on more than 10 global projects.
National Museum of American History (Smithsonian)Presenter: Jenny Wei
Join an educator from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to explore history of science, math, and technology—and resources to help you share this content with your students. We are planning to feature videos, lesson plans, and interactives from Smithsonian's History Explorer, but we want to address topics that will be helpful to you. Please share your ideas or questions to help us make this workshop useful to you.
Partner: Smithsonian History Explorer
Social Media in the ClassroomPresenter: Jennie Magiera and Autumn Laidler
Jennie and Autumn emphasize the benefits of “Amplifying our Students” by providing opportunities for the sharing of student voices and ideas through Social Media. In classrooms everywhere students are often told to be quiet. This sessions encourages all educators to consider giving students a real reason for speaking and an audience to hear them. ** Please note - the beginning of the session has a few technical difficulties and the audio is at time challenging. However, once you get past the technical issues of this presentation, the information shared is most informative.
Wonderopolis: Using Wonder and Inquiry to spur Engaged Learning in K-12 ClassroomsPresenter: Laura DeBusk
Join us for a guided tour of the site and the various sections of the Wonder of the Day®, pointing out some of the many ways any Wonder of the Day can be used for different ages and learning levels.
Using Technology to Teach Outdoor Education: National GeographicPresenter: Sean O'Connor
Explore tech tools that engage students in citizen science projects and connect them with their local communities. Sean O'Connor will introduce FieldScope, mobile tech and online communities and how they can be used for citizen science projects, using the example of BioBlitz, a program from National Geographic.
Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area LearningPresenter: Scott Filkins and Cara Gutzmer
Drawing on the work in his 2012 NCTE book Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment, Scott Filkins will share practical tools to gather information about students as readers and instructional responses that promote increased understanding of subject matter. Scott will be joined by Cara Gutzmer, a middle school instructional coach who has also worked with teachers from a variety of STEM disciplines to elevate learning by enhancing the assessment-instruction connection.
Re-Imagining STEMx Education: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning for a High Tech WorldPresenter: Jim Vanides
Our students are graduating into a fast paced, flat, high-tech-enabled and global economy. As such, the “STEM education bar” has been raised. In this 2013 VILS Virtual Conference keynote session, Jim Vanides will speak to why it's important to add the “+” to the STEM acronym and what innovative educators are doing to make STEM(+) learning more powerful, relevant, and global.
This Isn't Rocket Science: How to Incorporate STEM Apps in Your ClassroomPresenter: Kirstin Fearnley and Renee Stockdale-Homick
Join the Science NetLinks team for an up close and personal look at their new science app, Gravity Launch. You can get the inside look at how the app was developed, how it can be used in the classroom to engage your students, and how it and other STEM apps can be incorporated into your instruction.
School Technology & Leadership
7 Habits of the Highly Effective Tech-Leading PrincipalsPresenter: Michelle Otstot
The principal who models these behaviors is going to be able to inspire innovation in their school much more effectively than a principal who simply requires that teachers use technology, or collaborate, or take risks.
Going Mobile: Best Strategic Practices for K-12 LeadersPresenter: Sheryl Abshire
To increase effectiveness in student achievement and engagement, communication, and parent as well a community involvement, this session will share best practices for using mobile technologies. Guiding attendees through the process of going mobile by sharing her district's phases: planning implementation, evaluation and next steps, Dr. Abshire will provide the groundwork for successful mobile implementation.
Computer Forensics and Data Recovery for EducatorsPresenter: Brent Williams
This session addresses the makeup of a response team, appropriate times to bring in legal counsel and/or authorities, proper response levels, evidence gathering techniques, and software used for evidence gathering and building a sound case.
How to Craft a Sustainable Technology ProgramPresenter: Heather Chirtea
Digital Wish's year-long study on sustaining technology programs revealed that the most successful schools develop multiple sources of revenue, they trigger strong community engagement, and they prioritize daily support and training for teachers. We'll provide an easy-to-follow action plan that will help your school to develop sustainable funding for your technology initiative.
Improving Student Learning through Mobile Learning: Lesson LearnedPresenter: Harry Tuttle
Learn how some districts and schools are using mobile learning to transform learning in their classrooms and create more engaged students who use higher-level thinking skills.
Mobile Technologies and the Common Core Standards–Two for the Price of OnePresenter: Donna Williamson
Mobile technologies are inspiring and empowering students all over the world to publish online, think critically, and evaluate resources. These tools are also serving as a valuable teaching and learning tool to customize student learning. Anytime, anywhere data on what a student needs to meet Common Core Standards is critical. In this session, we will discuss how various mobile technologies are helping teachers integrate technology skills, as outlined in the Common Core Standards, and customize learning for each child.
Building Lessons for iDevicesPresenter: Kimberly Boyd
There's an app for that, but then what do you do with it? This presentation helps participants go beyond finding the “cool” apps and assists teachers in integrating them effectively into the curriculum. The presenter will share lesson ideas and product samples.
Social Media for Leaders, Teachers, and StudentsPresenter: Patrick Larkin
Social media is learning media with the capacity to allow those who utilize it wisely to collaborate with learners in ways that were previously unimaginable in our schools. This session looks at the role social media played in the evolution of Burlington High School in Massachusetts. Explore how this amazing transformation can happen in your classrooms and schools if you are willing to embrace these modern resources.
Modifying Classroom Management for Mobile DevicesPresenter: Victor Fitzjarrald
When anything new is added to a classroom, it takes planning and a shift in classroom management to make a successful transition. Mobile devices are no exception, and often times mobile learning makes classroom management exponentially more difficult. This session will cover the in's and out's of classroom management for mobile devices, including electronic management apps and programs, student screen capture, and device management.
1:1 Models ResearchPresenter: Jenifer Corn
Discover what we have learned from the North Carolina 1:1 Learning Technology Initiative: Evaluation Study of Laptops in North Carolina High Schools. The presenter will discuss the critical building blocks for an effective 1:1 computing environment. A summative handout of research findings will be distributed.
Virtual Learning PlatformsPresenter: A.J. Juliani
Virtual learning platforms (VLPs) extend the classroom beyond traditional walls and boundaries. This session will focus on how VLPs can enhance collaboration within schools, foster digital growth, and improve instruction and student achievement.
Google for AdminsPresenter: Wendy Gorton
Google for Administrators (GWA) introduces participants to innovative ways Google tools can be used in educational leadership. This fast-paced presentation with hands-on activities includes experience with advanced search techniques, collaborative web-based applications, and inspirational strategies for instruction and leadership.
Google Sites for AdministratorsPresenter: AJ Julliani
Class websites, web quests, ePortfolios, real-time collaboration. The buzz words of 21st century teaching and learning can all be applied using Google Sites. Google Sites allows for students to work together (or individually) in real-time, providing endless possibilities for collaboration. We’ll take a look at examples, and get your started on your own ePortfolio.
Google Forms & Docs for AdminsPresenter: Rushton Hurley
Google's collaborative tools are invaluable for educators, and none more so than Forms and Docs. Get introduced to their potential for learning and logistics, and become familiar with other Google tools for community connections and more. You'll need a sense of humor, a Google account, and the right password.
The Power of Free TechnologiesPresenter: Rushton Hurley
Free isn't important only because our budgets are downright anemic. Instead, meaningful use of freely available tools at school means students can access the same tools at home, and do so for educationally sound purposes. Learn about the mountain of possibilities, and return home with plenty to share.
Must-Have Apps for School AdministratorsPresenter: Susan Brooks-Young
Touch tablets—iPad and Android—are the consumer electronic with the fastest adoption rate ever. In exploring ways these devices will impact education, many districts are beginning with school administrators. Attend this session to learn about free and low-cost apps school and district leaders can download to make a touch tablet a personalized productivity tool. Appropriate for iOS and Android OS devices.
Classroom Observation of the NETS for Evaluation and Professional DevelopmentPresenter: Talbot Bielefeldt
Learn to use the ISTE Classroom Observation Tool to evaluate and improve ICT integration in your classroom, school, or program.
Introduction to Design ThinkingPresenter: NYSCI - content partner
Design-based thinking. What is it? How do you incorporate design into your classroom ethos?
Coaching & Mentoring
Building Momentum: Encouraging All Teachers to Integrate TechnologyPresenter: Les Foltos
Draw on the ISTE Standards for Students and Coaches to explore a variety of technology integration strategies you can share with your colleagues. Learn an approach that identifies connections between curricula and uses pedagogy to drive technology use. You'll develop a deeper understanding of the kinds of support your peers might need and discover proven strategies other coaches have successfully used.
Digital Age CoachingPresenter: Kim McMonagle and Holly Jobe
Coaches, technology facilitators, technology integration specialists, and others who help classroom teachers integrate technology into the classroom are instrumental in the effective implementation of the NETS for Teachers. With the guidance of a coach, teachers can leverage the power of technology to engage students in their learning and help them develop digital age skills. - ISTE's NETS for coaches.
Using 2.0 to Connect Students GloballyPresenter: Mali Bickley and Jim Carleton
Learn how to use technology to connect, create communities, foster co-learning and change teaching in classrooms around the globe. Experience a showcase variety of collaborative projects that connect students in inquiry-based learning opportunities.
1:1 at Home: Supporting Parents in a 1:1 SchoolPresenter: Jason Brand
For a 1:1 laptop or tablet program to be truly successful a student's whole world needs to be considered. This requires everyone being involved and parents along with the home environment are a crucial piece. This practical, hands-on session is designed to give educators the tools they need to support their parent community.
Being a Digital CitizenPresenter: Nick Sauers
Discover how leaders and teachers can effectively leverage technology initiatives as a tool for changing teaching and learning. Key factors of success implementation will be shared as well as common pitfalls experienced by many schools.
Creating a Safe Classroom Environment in the Digital AgePresenter: LeeAnn Lindsey
Technology provides students with new tools for creating, innovating, communicating, researching and solving problems—and with these new tools come new responsibilities. How do teachers ensure a safe environment while also fostering student responsibility and autonomy with technology? Explore the issues surrounding responsible technology use, and learn some tips for laying a strong foundation for digital citizenship.
Digital Citizenship and Responsible UsePresenter: Mark Ribble
With all the innovation technology brings to education, one basic concept is being overlooked—understanding responsible use. Tools are available to students and educators, but using them safely, securely, and ethically is what educators and parents want and need for students. This session will focus on the policies and practices that districts have considered in order to ensure responsible use of technology.
Pictures of Practice (Project Highlights)
School Project SnapshotPresenter: Charles Carroll MS Team
This project describes the first year experience of Charles Carroll Middle School's implementation of mobile devices. Through this webinar, you will hear firsthand experiences and get ideas for management and implementation of mobile devices in the classroom.
Description: Educators invited from various VILS schools will share their insights, progress and successes in short snapshot presentations.