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MLTI 2015 Summer Institute

Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME

July 21 - 23, 2015


Please review availabe strands prior to registration, as you will need to select one strand to participate in over the three days.


The strands are designed to immerse participants in the topic to provide time to dig deep into a topic and become proficient.





Envisioning, Building and Managing Digital Content in Your Apple MLTI 1:1 Classroom

Presenter: Ann Marie Quirion Hutton, Apple


This multi-day session will focus participants on envisioning, creating, building and managing digital content towards enhancing learning and teaching.


We will explore creative workflows using the Apple MLTI solution and applications such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote as well as Photos, iMovie, GarageBand and iBooks Author as you begin or continue building and managing digital content in your classroom and school. Create an infographic, gather and visualize data, build learning workflows, film and edit a movie, design an iBook. Fill your Multi-Touch Book with digital content using widgets, 3-D models, audio clips, graphics, movies and more. Manage content distribution with your very own iTunes U Course.


Apple Professional Development is excited to work with you during this MLTI multi-day event. Join us for this hands on experience and discover ways to support teaching and learning using the powerful suite of tools included in both the Apple Primary and Apple Alternate MLTI solutions.

To ensure a successful hands on experience, bring updated Apple MLTI device(s) with their power cords and get ready for a great three days.




STEM the Tide!  

Presenter: Keith Kelley, RSU #19

How to use a hands on Classroom model to teach STEM/Common Core concepts.   Build Robots, Computer Games and 3D Models in the classroom.    In this strand we will us 3D printers, lego robotics, Scratch and Sketchup to Create, Design, Prototype, Destroy and Rebuild....     Come play, learn and teach the future.




Introduction to App Development with Swift

Presenter: Tim Hart, Apple


Swift is Apple’s brand-new programming language for writing great iOS and OS X apps. Swift is modern and incredibly approachable - even if you’ve never coded before. So now anyone with an idea can create something incredible.


During this multi-day session participants will be introduced to programming fundamentals and app development on Apple platforms. Learn the basics of Swift and experience the language’s great features. Participants will explore Xcode, Apple’s development environment for creating amazing apps as well as investigate how app development encourages 21st century skill sets such as creative and computational thinking.


No previous programming experience required, just bring an interest in coding and a desire to create! Participants need an updated Apple MLTI MacBook Air running the latest version of Xcode to participate in the session.




The Art of Refraction

Presenter: Ruben Puentedura, Hippasus

At times, the challenges of integrating new curricular initiatives with new technology tools can seem overwhelming. A process of “refraction” can help here, where a unit of instruction is viewed through the lens of a bigger theme (e.g. 21C skills), and focused into actual practice via a particular class of tools. In these four hands-on sessions, we will implement this approach in a range of areas, chosen to support a broad spectrum of subjects and grade levels. We will use a classification of 21C literacies created by Kristen Kereluik and Punya Mishra as our lens, coupled to SAMR and the EdTech Quintet as focal guides for technology integration. Participants will come away with four completed projects, as well as a process and set of templates that they can then apply immediately to their own classroom instruction.


Tuesday, July 21 - Afternoon

Session 1: All the News That’s Fit to Print (and Read, and Write…) Primary 21C Lens: Information LiteracyPrimary Toolset Focus: Social MediaThe news is not just what the papers publish anymore - it is also found on Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media. In this session we’ll design processes for students to analyze this torrent of information, make sense of it, and in turn represent the understanding gained to others.


Wednesday, July 22 - MorningSession 2: Connecting the Dots

Primary 21C Lens: Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge & Synthesis

Primary Toolset Focus: Visualization

While core content knowledge remains a crucial 21C learning component, synthesizing new understanding across disciplinary boundaries is just as important. Taking a page from James Burke's pioneering BBC series “Connections”, we will see how visualizing the interconnections between science, math, literature, the arts, history, and geography can lead students to a deeper knowledge of each area.

Wednesday, July 22 - Afternoon

Session 3: A Picture Plus (a Few) Words Is Worth a Million Words

Primary 21C Lens: Life & Job Skills

Primary Toolset Focus: Digital Storytelling

Sometimes, the best way to explain how to do something is to show the process - but as anyone who has ever struggled with a poorly-designed set of furniture assembly instructions knows, this is not a trivial task. We will develop a lexicon and methods for creating digital comics that will allow students to express procedural knowledge in a clear, effective, and engaging fashion.

Thursday, July 23 - Morning

Session 4: Tell Me a Tale of Twisty and Thoughtful Passages

Primary 21C Lens: Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking

Primary Toolset Focus: Educational Gaming

A crucial aspect of critical thinking is being able to tease apart and justify the steps taken to reach a conclusion. In our final session, we will see how students and teachers can use narrative games as a way to guide others through a reasoning process.




Using Technology Tools to Create Resources to Target Critical Mathematics Concepts and Practices

Presenter: Pam Buffington, EDC


In this strand we will explore, create, and share lessons designed to increase access and engagement with Common Core Mathematics Standards and Practices for middle and high school students. Participants will be supported to develop lessons will to assist students in developing conceptual understanding and meet key proficiencies. The strand sessions will incorporate key freely accessible mathematics tools including the Desmos application, GeoGebra 5.0, key coding apps, and assorted other online tools. Key outcomes will include gaining the skills necessary to design technology infused activities aimed at critical learning targets, enhance pedagogical strategies to support technology use in mathematics, and produce products for use in the classroom.


This strand is intended for either middle or high school educators.



This strand has reached capacity. Please review the available strands listed above and chose the one that best meets your needs.


Strategies for K-12 online and blended learning

Presenter: Kathryn Kennedy, MVLRI


This strand is dedicated to giving you practical, research-based strategies to help you motivate, engage, communicate with, and support your online and blended learners. Whether it be engaging students in a discussion board, providing group or one-to-one differentiated instruction in a live session, providing additional resources for accelerated learners, or supporting the learning needs of at-risk students, this session will allow you to build your own personalized learning playlist that you can access and put to work as need arises in your learning environment. This strand will most importantly offer you a chance to reflect and share your challenges at the start, which will help the facilitators personalize the resources of each session so they are specific to your needs and the needs of your students.




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