Wednesday November 12

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM NEW Virtual Classroom Visit

(at Auburn Hall, prior to registration -

Open Pre-Conference Event)

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

12:00 - 12:30 PM Welcome Plated Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 PM Opening General Session #1

  1. Art, Science, Game Design, Digital Creation & Constant Learning (Chuck Carter)

  2. As a digital artist, Chuck Carter has to know what he illustrates.  In this talk Chuck will take participants on a tour of some of his work over the past three and a half decades, ranging from producing graphics for the popular computer game, Myst, to work for National Geographic and the Department of Defense as well as his current project in the development of a fully immersive, exploration and first-person story-based game named Curio.  We'll hear about his process from introduction through exploration and on to creation, and how it is the creation of content that has spurred him on to learn about each topic he illustrates.

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

How can we lead and support?

  1. Customized Learning and the Role of iPads (Kathy Martin) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102)

  2. Anyone who works in schools knows that students learn in different time frames and in different ways. RSU 4, like Auburn and 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. Drawing Tools to Capture Thinking (Kristin Ziemke) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Nothing matters more than student thinking. In light of all the new technologies that students have access to this core value doesn’t change. Today, technology provides new opportunities for students to think critically, respond, and actively build knowledge. Digital tools provide the conduit between curiosity and an individual’s desire to learn, as classrooms become innovation labs where learning is personalized, differentiated and authentic. In the elementary classroom simple drawing tools are used across the curriculum to capture thinking as students draw and write their new learning and questions. Drawings can be are archived, shared or used in combination with other applications to demonstrate understanding. Join in as we give power to the little people by inviting them to show what they know with drawing tools.

  1. Using iPad Apps to Differentiate Math Instruction and Target Intervention (Rachel Labrecque) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. Students play games on their iPad, but then what? How do teachers know what students have learned and how to help those who struggle? In this interactive session, explore research-based apps that teach Common Core addition and multiplication strategies. Learn how data from students’ gameplay helps teachers track students’ understanding, differentiate instruction, and target intervention. Teachley’s system works with all iPad programs (e.g., one-to-one, classroom centers, and shared carts) to personalize learning. Download the apps for free at

  1. Show Me the Evidence:  Using iPads in Science (Phil Brookhouse) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. In looking at the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, and how they influence learning goals in the elementary classroom, we can see that argumentation from evidence is integral to 21st Century learning. The iPad gives us an incredible tool to collect evidence and use that evidence to support reasoning. In this session, we will explore what constitutes good evidence and good argumentation, and how technology can help. 

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

  1. Best Practices for 1:1 Deployments (Peter Robinson & Apple) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. Learn how to leverage the Apple Deployment Programs and Mobile Device Management to deploy iPads today without having to touch a device before student handout!  During this presentation we will also review the latest features in Apple’s operating systems and advancements in Mobile Device Management to support 1:1 deployment.

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

How can we lead and support?

  1. Parental Concerns, Controversy & Responding (Mike Muir& Cathy McCue) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102)

  2. Some parents can be quite vocal about their concerns about young children using iPads. Screen time, young children on the Internet, replacing teachers, student safety all seem to be hot buttons. How might districts respond to these and the controversies in general?

What happens in the classroom?

  1. iMovie as a Tool for Summary and Synthesis (Kristin Ziemke) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. When we bring new tools into the classroom, we recognize that technology is best used when it provides an opportunity to transform the learning experience. Moving beyond traditional paper and pencil assessments, we ask students to combine their media and technology skills with strategic thinking practices to create a movie. Guided by best practice pedagogy we invite students to build comprehension as they summarize and synthesize their learning as with images, drawings, audio and video.  These short movies are naturally differentiated and serve as a one-way conference as teachers view snapshots of students work while listening to students talk about learning.  See how iMovie helps students pull it all together as we roll out, “Lights, camera, THINKING!”

  1. Getting Started as an iPad Teacher (Amanda Frye, MacKenzie Davis, Laura Hemond, Caroline Engwer and Katie Chicoine) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. Panel discussion - This panel will explore and discuss getting ready to teach with iPad as a tool. A veteran teacher, new teacher to Auburn, teacher from a previous 1:1 classroom and a first year teacher share their stories.

  1. iPad in the Special Education Classroom (Jessica Ritz, Michelle Hill, Audra Zarin, Daphne Grant) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. The iPad can be a powerful tool to support students with special needs.  In this session, learn how Auburn special education teachers have integrated this technology in their classrooms. 

How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Using Process and Outcome Data to Inform Your Initiative (Sue Dorris) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 426)

  2. Continuous feedback from all stakeholders is an important driver for decision making as you move forward with your initiative. Process data, including teacher and parent surveys, teacher usage, administrator walk-throughs and outcome data, primarily student achievement results, can inform your implementation plan. Learn how Auburn’s  leadership team gathered process and outcome data to inform their iPad implementation.

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

  1. Tech Use Guidelines - A School Community Approach (Carl Bucciantini & Peter Robinson) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. In Spring of 2014 a group of educators from Auburn Middle School got together to create a document to guide technology use in the school as they moved forward with a 1:1 iPad implementation. This session will cover the background to this document as well as other Digital Citizenship and safety topics in Auburn schools.

4:45 - 5:30 PM Optional Fireside Chats or Community Activities or Additional Team Work Time

5:30 PM Dinner & General Session #2

  1. It’s not about the tools, it’s about the teaching. (Kristin Ziemke)

  2. Today, technology touches every aspect of our lives and modern literacy classrooms use these tools to enhance thoughtful and innovative instruction across the curriculum.  As we explore new tools in this changing educational landscape we do not look to redefine the literacy classroom--the research and definitions behind best practice instruction still hold true. Instead, we look to reimage how these practices unfold, evolve and amplify thinking and learning in a digital age.

Thursday November 13

7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast & Learning

8:30 - 9:30 AM General Session #3

  1. The World is Yours (Tobias Gyllensvärd & Jesper Grönlund)

  2. In this talk 2 Swedish educators will describe work being done by young learners that engages them with content, technology, each other, and the world.  You’ll be inspired and come away with ideas of things you can do yourself.

9:45 - 10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions Block 3

How can we lead and support?

  1. Tech + Formative Assessment = Self-Regulated Learners (Jesper Grönlund) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Learn how one Swedish school went from a non-digital environment with a focus on summative assessment to a digital environment characterized by formative learning (not from a technical perspective but from a pedagogical perspective with ICT as a tool for learning). See concrete examples from classrooms and learn about our professional development with a formative assessment focus.

  1. Technology in the Hands (and Work) of Leaders (Mike Davis) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102)

  2. So you have explored what impact iPads can have with your students. But what can an iPad and other technologies do for a school leader? One of Auburn's elementary school principals will share how he leverages his iPad along with other tools.

What happens in the classroom?

  1. Authoring Student Created Books on iPad (Mauri Dufour) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. Come and learn about the apps Book Creator and Story Buddy. See how these apps allow students to be authentic authors. You will leave this session with ways for students to author and create. You will also create your own book to use with students.

  1. Create, Document, and Motivate Learning in your iPad classroom (Patrycja Dyszy & Sue Chevalier) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. Have you ever wished there was an easy way to include photos, videos, text, maps, and other graphics into a presentation or portfolio, with the ability to edit and share easily? LoiLoNote is an extremely user-friendly app that allows you and your students to create presentations and student portfolios. Come see how the LoiLoNote app has been used with young ELL students, and leave with ideas for individualizing for special education students and about LoiLoNote’s uses in regular education classrooms. The application opportunities are limitless!

  3. Please download the app for free before the session at

How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. The Evolving Classroom: Action Research as Teaching Practice (Ruben Puentedura) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 426)

  2. Research is not just something that think tanks and universities do - it can be a part of everyday practice for teachers. Action research can make teaching more effective, responsive, and - yes - fun. In this session we'll look at approaches to classroom research that are easily integrated into everyday practice, and fully complementary to formative assessment projects.

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

  1. Best Practices for Shared Use (Peter Robinson & Apple) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. Learn how to leverage Apple Configurator and other tools to easily deploy iPads for shared use. Rediscover some classroom best practices for sharing iPads amongst students. 

11:00 - Noon Concurrent Sessions Block 4

How can we lead and support?

  1. The Story of Auburn’s iPads in Primary Grades (Katy Grondin & Mike Muir) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Assigning iPads to young students is part of Auburn's Advantage 2014 initiative to improve primary grades literacy and math achievement.  What exactly is Auburn doing? Why are they doing this? How did they organize and plan for the initiative? How are they supporting teachers? What are the key components to address in an initiative like this? Large scale school change—change that really redefines the way things are done in school—requires careful attention to implementing the right components in a thoughtful way. What can you learn from Auburn so you can be successful with iPads, too?

What happens in the classroom?

  1. Building a Student Learning Network (SLN): Collaborating, Comprehending and Connecting in a Digital World (Kristin Ziemke) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. More and more students are being asked to connect with the global community. How well are they prepared to do so? Community starts in the classroom but can build to include other students, educators, experts in the field, and more. This session will show how to build a strong learning network for students starting with community building in the classroom and extending to collaborations across the globe using today's most popular digital collaboration tools. This session will feature video, student work samples & digital platforms for creating and fostering a student learning network. Participants will learn how to build a connected classroom where students have audience, voice & relevance in their work.

  1. iTunes U for PD and Classroom use (Mauri Dufour) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. Do you need to work with teachers and provide information that needs to be updated or changed? iTunes U is a great way to provide lasting information that can be updated at anytime. This is an informational session on ways to utilize the discussion feature of iTunes U and how to provide information to students and professionals.

  1. Sketchnoting - Visual Note taking with iPad (Ann Marie Quirion Hutton) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 426)

  2. Come to this session to discover, or learn more about the power of visual notetaking - sketchnoting.. Explore how visual notes can support learning. Discover techniques to create, share and integrate visual notes into your instructional practice. The facilitator will be using the Notability app, but this practice is replicable over a wide variety of drawing / note taking apps.

How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Research from the Classroom (Amy Heimerl & Apple) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102

  2. Auburn teachers will share the effects of iPads on student learning. Learn how iPads are being used to boost the development of literacy and math skills.

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

  1. Apple’s Deployment Programs & MDM - an Overview (Peter Robinson, Apple, and JAMF) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. Learn what new management features have been added to the latest versions of iOS and OS X. This session will also review recent updates to the deployment programs, offer tips and guidance for best success. 

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch & Learn

1:45- 2:45 PM Concurrent Sessions Block 5

How can we lead and support?

  1. Training & Supporting Teachers, Oh My! Addressing Professional Learning and Micro-Credentialing (Mike Muir) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Our teachers have more training & support needs than we have Tech Integrators and workshop days. How do we get them the support they need when they need it? Auburn and friends have been working on the Distributed PD project to help define a thoughtful professional learning continuum around technology integration, develop the modules to support that learning, and establish digital badging to acknowledge and verify teachers' accomplishments.

What happens in the classroom?

  1. Creative Teachers Foster Creative Kids (Tobias Gyllensvärd) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. The use of animations, Skype, FaceTime, and coding are just a few of the ways this creative teacher uses the iPad to engage his students in creative projects.  Learn new strategies to encourage creativity in your own students.

  1. Creating iTunes U (Mauri Dufour) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. After hearing the many ways to use iTunes U with students and professionals come to this session with ideas ready to begin creating your own course.

  3. To be ready to take full advantage of this session please be sure, in advance, to:

  4. Go to and log in with your Apple ID

  5. Complete your Instructor info

  6. With these pieces done, you’ll be ready to start creating from the very start!

  1. Kindergarten Jumpstart & iPad (Audrey O’Clair & Stephanie Smith) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102)

  2. Hear from the program designer and  members of Auburn's kindergarten teaching staff who have recently implemented a 100 hour early literacy intervention called Kindergarten Jumpstart.  KJS is designed to support our youngest learners that have screened as at risk on kindergarten screening measures in the area of literacy. The first half of this session will be an overview of the program and current methods of technology implementation. The second half will be an interactive session designing workflows and collaborating on unique ways to infuse technology into such RTI initiatives.

How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Auburn’s Research: Looking at the Evidence (Damian Bebell, Joe Pedulla, Sue Dorris) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 426)

  2. Do iPads improve student achievement? Members of Auburn's research team will discuss findings to date, including current trends in K-2 literacy and math achievement, as well as results from the 2011 randomized comparison study that investigated the effects of iPad use on the reading achievement scores of kindergarten students.

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

  1. Configurator (Peter Robinson & Apple) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. Apple Configurator is an important tool that helps manage iPads in a shared use scenario and enable additional functionality in an iPad 1:1.  Learn more about this tool and how you can use it with the iPads you will deploy.

3:00 - 4:00 PM Concurrent Sessions Block 6

How can we lead and support?

  1. Leading Beside: Change that Sticks (Mike Muir) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102)

  2. We have all done our best to help make positive change happen in schools. But it sometimes seems like, more often than not, it doesn’t stick. Change that sticks, however, doesn’t require leading from the front. It requires leading from beside.

  1. Cider with Central Office (Katy Grondin, Shelly Mogul, Michelle McClellan) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 426)

  2. In this session, members of Auburn’s central office staff will be available for a birds-of-a-feather conversation. Bring your questions. Bring your experience. Please join in.

What happens in the classroom?

  1. Create and Capture: Using Screen-Casting Apps & Strategies to Support Student Learning (Pam Buffington) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Explore key tools that can be used to design animated "worked" examples, create learning resources, and produce dynamic artifacts that provide evidence of what students know and understand (or misunderstand).

  1. Kidzone Playground (Auburn Elementary Students & Teachers) (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. Learning Design for App Flows (Ruben Puentedura) (Hilton Garden Inn - Hilton Garden Inn Section 2)

  2. One of the most effective ways to incorporate the iPad into teaching practice is to design “app flows” that chain apps in sequences that mirror the learning processes involved. We will see how to use a stepwise process for app flow creation that references the EdTech Quintet and the SAMR model for app selection and usage, as well as taxonomies of learning and critical thinking for activity and assessment design.

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

  1. Moving On Up! - iOS 8 and OS X (Peter Robinson & Apple) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. There are hundreds of new features and enhancements that come with iOS 8 and the latest version of OS X.  This session will focus on a few of the features that would be of most interest to Apple support professionals. In addition, we will highlight a few of the benefits that these operating systems bring to students, teachers and staff.

4:30 - 6:00 PM Community Based Reception

Dinner on your own (Recommendations for local dining to be provided)

Friday November 14

7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast & Learning

8:45 - 9:45 AM Concurrent Sessions Block 7

What happens in the classroom?

  1. Apple Distinguished Educators - The Power of PLNs (Mauri Dufour, Kristin Ziemke, Jesper Grönlund; Tobias Gyllensvärd, Lucy Gray) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Apple says, “Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths, and embrace new opportunities.” In this session you’ll hear 5 ADEs from around the nation and world describe how and why they leverage PLNs and how you can get better at building and leveraging PLNs of your own.

  1. iPad, iMagination, & 3D Printing (Page Lennig) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. Waynflete School bought a 3D printer without a plan on how to use it in the classroom beyond supporting an after school Makers Club.  The word was spread to some teachers and soon interest was ignited in students and teachers as they imagined using it to support their learning and curriculum.  A 3D design app was used to recreate famous buildings and structures and then print them. A study of Roman culture was extended by creating "artifacts" for the culminating Museum project. Come learn more about how a little experimentation with 3D printing led to numerous projects and engaging studies. And begin to imagine what your school could do!

  1. The Power of Customizing Learning With Technology (Shannon Reed & Lisa Whitman) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. As Auburn strives to move from a traditional educational system to one where learning is the constant and time is the variable, effective integration of technology.  In this session, learn how two teachers have transformed their classrooms, using technology to create a learner-centered, highly efficient classroom where learning is transparent and students are self-directed.  Find out how this transformation has positively impacted students and their teachers.

How do we know our implementation is working?

  1. Mobile Technologies in Early Grades Mathematics Classrooms: A Research & Practice Partnership (Pam Buffington, Catherine McCulloch, Jo Louie & Amy Busey) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102)

  2. This session provides opportunities to explore how engaging with research and examining current practice can help us better integrate mobile technologies into our schools to improve student learning.  Questions to be discussed and explored include: 1) How can researchers, teachers, and administrators work together to inform research? 2) What works and what doesn’t work when it comes to improving mathematics instruction through the affordances of mobile technologies? Come and learn about an effort between researchers and Auburn School District teachers and administrators working together to figure out how to effectively leverage mobile technologies to improve mathematics learning in the early grades.

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

  1. Accessibility for iOS (Peter Robinson & Apple) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. iOS is the world’s most advanced — and most accessible — mobile operating system. Innovative features like VoiceOver, Switch Control, and Guided Access help those with special needs enjoy more of what iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have to offer. We'll review some of the most recent accessibility enhancements included in iOS 8.

10:00 - 11:00 AM Concurrent Sessions Block 8

How can we lead and support?

  1. So Your Initiative Isn’t Going as Well as You’d Like (Mike Muir) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 426)

  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. Must Have Apps for Your Mathematics Learning & Teaching ToolBox (Pam Buffington) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 1)

  2. Engage with mathematics apps that support research-based learning strategies and critical mathematics practices for primary grade learners.

  1. Getting Started with Edmodo (Amy Tucker) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 2)

  2. Edmodo is the world’s largest, free social learning platform that provides a safe way for students and teachers to connect and collaborate.  With Edmodo, teachers can set up online classroom discussions, conduct polls, and award badges, personalizing learning for each student.  Teachers can also connect to a powerful network of teachers, publishers, parents, and students, where resources and ideas can be shared.

  1. The iPad, It’s Not Just a Tool for Reading and Math (Auburn Specialists) (Hilton Garden Inn - Section 3)

  2. iPad integration often begins in core content areas (Reading, math, science, and social studies) but it can be just as powerful a tool for students in other content areas.  In this session, you’ll hear how teachers of physical education, art, and music are using the iPads with their students.

  1. Keeping it Simple- iPad in your classroom (Carol Miller) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 102)

  2. How do you tweak what you already do in your classroom to make technology fit. What are some simple ways to enhance the lessons you already use? Come to this session to learn some simple ways to integrate technology and start a discussion for simple ways to integrate technology tomorrow in your classroom. You will leave this session with three free universal apps that can be used in any subject area.

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

  1. Drop In (Peter Robinson & Apple) (Hilton Garden Inn - Room 526)

  2. You’ve learned a lot over the past three days. In this session you’ll be able to take advantage of one more opportunity to engage with LL2014 resources around your specific technical questions.

11:30 AM - 12:15 Noon Closing General Session #4

  1. Research from the Classroom (Ashley Lewis Presser)

  2. Before digital tools reach the classroom, developers make a plethora of design decisions about the content and how players are expected to benefit. This keynote presentation provides a peak inside two projects that take a research-driven creative design approach among developers and researchers resulting in digital apps for preschool math and science. This presentation will also describe how the development of these apps was informed by a continual focus on the learning goals and capitalizing on the affordances of iPads for addressing mathematics and science learning and offer suggestions about strategic selection of apps to bolster learning.

12:15 PM Buffet Lunch & Discuss, Feedback, Door Prizes


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