Wednesday (Nov. 16)  WHY the iPad in the primary grades?

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

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Welcome lunch

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Learning - Past, Present, and Future (Maine Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen & Former Governor Angus King)

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM: Keynote - “Auburn’s Advantage 2014 Story” (Former Auburn Superintendent Tom Morrill)

3:15 - 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 - 5:00 PM: Panel Discussion with Questions

  1. "Auburn Understands - It Takes a Community to Raise a Child" (Auburn Students, Parents, Teachers, Specialists, Administrators, Researchers, and other contributors to Advantage 2014)

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

6:30 - 8:30 PM: Dinner Session

  1. "Field of Dreams" Did Us a Disservice - Being Deliberate About Change (Dr. Mike Muir - Advantage 2014)

8:30 PM - ? Appy Hour - Sharing innovative ideas and experiences - Facilitated by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Thursday (Nov. 17)  HOW do we effectively bring iPad into the primary grades?

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: Breakout Session 1

  1. Leadership & Professional Development

  2. Leading for Change: Positive Pressure and Support (Sue Dorris, Carol Miller, Dr. Mike Muir and Peter Robinson)

  3. Come learn how Auburn is helping support and guide teachers in using iPad apps to improve literacy and math. How did Auburn set expectations for use throughout the day? How are school leaders and teachers checking and adjusting? 

  4. Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Assessment

  5. So Many Apps, So Little Time: Choosing and Using Quality Apps (Shelly Mogul, Carol Miller, Laurie Gerard, and Kelly McCarthy)

  6. The review and selection of apps can be a daunting task.  In this session, you will learn about the app selection guidelines used in Auburn, get a peek at the commonly used apps, and hear stories of how iPad apps are being put to use by two Kindergarten teachers.

  7. Data / Research

  8. What's in it for us? - Why Bother with Stories, Assessments, and Research (Dr. Damian Bebell, Robert Craven, and Dr. Ruben Puentedura)

  9. Want money for your initiative?  Want policy-level support and community support? Want students to be engaged and learn more? This session outline various types of data and research a district ought to consider collecting and why. 

  10. Technical Project Management

  11. Deployment and Sync Strategies (Lars Ljungholm)

  12. This session will focus on the methods and strategies used to deploy, sync and manage the iPad in education. The choice between Personal Sync and Centralized Sync will be discussed and explained.

10:30 - 11:30 AM: Breakout Session 2

  1. Leadership & Professional Development

  2. Teachers need to grow - PD for Paradigm Shift (Robert Craven and Dr. Mike Muir)

  3. This session describes how to set up professional development and support so teachers can teach in new ways with new technology. 

  4. Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Assessment

  5. Getting Real - iOS Devices, Literacy, and Numeracy (Rich Colosi and Kate Vetro)

  6. In this session, you will hear from practitioners who have successfully integrated iOS devices in their classrooms.  Learn how they have used this technology to make reading ,writing, and mathematics more engaging, relevant, inspiring, and effective for all students.

  7. Data / Research

  8. Don't Start Too Late - Purposeful Research From Design to Sharing (Dr. Damian Bebell and Dr. Ruben Puentedura)

  9. Results from a well executed research study on your initiative can help open doors to policy-level support and funding.  But how is research different from other kinds of assessment and data gathering? What are special considerations to keep in mind when doing research?  When should you start planning?  What are the steps? 

  10. Technical Project Management

  11. Configuration Utility and Profile Management (Apple Engineers)

  12. This session will take an in depth look at the iPhone(iPad) Configuration Utility and the creation and deployment of profiles to quickly configure various settings in an iPad implementation.

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:40 - 2:40 PM: Breakout Session 3

  1. Leadership & Professional Development

  2. Leadership Lessons from the Country's First State-wide 1:1 Initiative (Jeff Mao and Doug Snow)

  3. The MLTI is entering it's tenth year, with many lessons learned. What can your initiative learn from Maine's experience as the first statewide 1:1 learning with technology initiative?

  4. Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Assessment

  5. Redesigning Managed Independent Learning Zones with the iPad in Kindergarten Classrooms(Dr. Marcia Boody and Auburn Kindergarten Teacher Kelly McCarthy)

  6. Good integration of technology should enhance best instructional practices.  In this session you will learn what research tells us about best practices in literacy and explore how the iPad can be integrated in a way that enhances literacy instruction for all students.

  7. Data / Research

  8. How do we know it's working? (Dr. Damian Bebell, Robert Craven, Sue Dorris, and Dr. Ruben Puentedura)

  9. Where do you look to see if you're impacting learning?  How might you use data to improve instruction or your program?  

  10. Technical Project Management

  11. The Technical Story of Auburn's Implementation (Peter Robinson)

  12. This session will describe the story of Auburn's Advantage 2014 initiative from the perspective of the Technology Director and staff tasked with making it work. It will be a frank discussion of what worked and what didn't for Auburn, and will include details of Auburn's use of a third-party Mobile Device Management solution to make the process easier.

3:00 - 5:00 PM: Facilitated Team Work

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

6:30 - 8:30 PM: Dinner with Keynote

  1. The Tools of the Trade - Apps - real tools, real impact on real kids. (Hillary Brumer - Assistive Technology Specialist RSU 21 - Kennebunk, Maine)

8:30 PM - ? Appy Hour - Sharing innovative ideas and experiences - Facilitated by Hillary Brumer

Friday (Nov. 18) WHAT is next for your iPad in the primary grades implementation?

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

8:30 - 9:30 AM: Risk, Change, and Reward: "How do schools design learning environments that support the development of students like us?"

  1. Chris Jones - Oak Hill High School ( &

  2. Hannah Potter - Yarmouth High School (

9:30 - 11:15  AM: Facilitated Team Work Time & "Answers to Your Specific Questions"

11:30 - 12:00 Noon: Next Steps & Really Great Door prizes (Must be present to win)

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch and Farewell

1:15 - 2:30 PM: Optional Advantage 2014 Classroom Visits (Sign up at check-in on November 16)


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