iPadpalooza 2017 - Day 1 Filled With Learning on the Go!

The theme for this year's iPadpalooza is Learning on the Go! In fact, you can walk around and see the different keynote speakers teaching in the commons areas of the conference. When I walked into the cafeteria,  there was a demonstration of art with the Sphero, Ozobot, and other robotics.

I love the relaxed atmosphere of iPadpalooza! It's such a non-threatening environment for educators to learn more about technology. Carl Hooker has a gifted way of connecting with attendees so everyone feels like they are part of one big family. Day 1 was filled with Learning on the Go.

iPadpalooza is a fun learning experience in Austin every summer. Teachers learn as they enjoy entertainment, food, and friendly competition. The conference is filled with nationally recognized speakers and classroom teachers.


The day began with a wonderful light show presented by Westlake High School tech crew. This professional display was planned and carried out by the lighting entertainment crew. This class consists of more than 100 talented students.

Mini-Keynotathon

What a wonderful way to convey your message! Each presenter gave an attention-grabbing inspirational message. I have to say my favorite mini-keynote was from our high school librarian, Carolyn Foote. Carolyn is a long time techie but still has a love of books. She's has become aware that the purchase of ebooks is on the decline so she surveyed her high school students to understand why there is an increase of digital fatigue. Students had their own personal differences for wanting to read books, not ebooks. So, she wants the WHS library NOT be a warehouse but THEIRhouse.

iPadpalooza is a fun learning experience in Austin every summer. Teachers learn as they enjoy entertainment, food, and friendly competition. The conference is filled with nationally recognized speakers and classroom teachers.

Presentations

I always connect with Janet Corder and Joan Gore. (Is it because we're about the same age?)  I attended two of their sessions. The first session was Green Screen Magic. We had audience participation during the presentation to demonstrate how easy it is to use green screen technology. The ladies also gave examples of book reviews, historical reenactments, weather reports and more. The green screen used below is purchased through Amazon for $13. Janet said it is thicker then other products they have used.

Their next session focused on digital tools for writing. I can't wait to try some of the apps and websites that were recommended. Janet and Joan did recommend Newsela for writing prompts. Newsela is one of my favorite current events sites. Teachers can add their own writing prompt after the students read the article.

iPadpalooza is a fun learning experience in Austin every summer. Teachers learn as they enjoy entertainment, food, and friendly competition. The conference is filled with nationally recognized speakers and classroom teachers.

I can't leave out the famous Austin Food Trucks. We just walked outside the Chap Court to select from 5 locally known trucks. My favorite this year was the truck that served Cuban sandwiches. Carl always has a band in the Chap Court for entertainment. Participants can even get on stage for karaoke. (grab points for the APPmazing Race)

iPadpalooza is a fun learning experience in Austin every summer. Teachers learn as they enjoy entertainment, food, and friendly competition. The conference is filled with nationally recognized speakers and classroom teachers.

Making Connections

I met and visited Jamie Forshey this year! Jamie is from Pennsylvania and a contributor on our Tech With Us Community Facebook group. I look forward to continuing collaborating with her. Meeting fellow techies is always a treat.

iPadpalooza is a fun learning experience in Austin every summer. Teachers learn as they enjoy entertainment, food, and friendly competition. The conference is filled with nationally recognized speakers and classroom teachers.


iPadpalooza is a fun learning experience in Austin every summer. Teachers learn as they enjoy entertainment, food, and friendly competition. The conference is filled with nationally recognized speakers and classroom teachers.

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