Jon Smith is a Technology Resource Teacher for Alliance City Schools where his class iBooks project has attracted attention for its global reach & practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. His student’s work will be featured at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities 2014 Education Conference in Boston, MA July 16-18, 2014, where Jon will serve as an invited speaker. Jon is a scratch golfer and Apple enthusiast. In his spare time, he teaches a class on engaging technologies for The Communicate Institute.
More about Jon's Class iBook Project
"I taught special education students in an urban elementary school. My students often struggled with learning and especially struggled with writing. I constantly wondered what I could do to help them become better writers. Our district implemented a new writing program. It didn’t help. I tried to make writing topics more exciting. That didn’t help either. I began losing hope in ever getting students to write better until January 2012.
That January, Apple announced iBooks Author. My interest was immediately sparked. What if I could get students to write better with the knowledge that their books would be published for the world to see. It was worth a shot. Nothing else worked. If this didn’t work, it would be the same old thing again. If it did work, however, students would love writing. And so my journey began with iBooks Author and students creating digital stories."
The Center for Literacy has organized an exciting array of workshops and hands-on sessions to help Ohio teachers and administrators identify and share best practices for integrating iPads the preK-12 classroom. Join some of Ohio's leading iPad educators to learn activities and assessment strategies aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers and Students.
An intense one-day series of hands-on workshops, the iPad Symposium is designed to inspire and equip educators to facilitate student digital learning projects using iPads. Participants should BYOI (bring your own iPad) to the symposium. The iPad Symposium is led and facilitated by the Center for Literacy in conjunction with the most talented educators & administrators in Ohio! Many of our presenters are Apple Distinguished Educators.
Featuring a 5-strand breakout session track!
- HELPING STRUGGLING READERS IN THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM
- CREATIVE THINKING IN THE COMMON CORE
- ASSESSMENT, ORGANIZATION & ACCESS
- DIGITAL AGE WRITING AND PUBLISHING
- iPAD LEARNING COMMONS
- Early Bird Registration (before April 1, 2014) $100
- Workshop Registration (April 1, 2014 and after) $125
SCHOOL or DISTRICT PACKAGE
- Early Bird Registration (before April 1, 2014) $500 for a group of 5
- Workshop Registration (April 1, 2014 and after) $525 for a group of 5
- Earn graduate workshop credit during for participating in this one-day event!
- Available at an additional cost of $150 for 1 graduate credit hour
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome & Keynote
8:50 – 12:30 Morning Workshop Sessions
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch & Learn Workshop Sessions
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Workshop Sessions
Who Should Attend
- PreK-16 educators
- Literacy Coaches & Specialists
- Instructional Technology Specialists
- Special Education Specialists
- Library-Media Specialists
- Technology Directors
- Curriculum Directors
- Principals and Administrators
- Undergraduate and Graduate Students