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Hope Seniors Holly Brinker and Aaron Goodyke, along with our Faculty Advisor Susan Cherup, took a trip to the ISTE 2015 Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Holly was invited present “A Story of Digital Accommodations for the Student with Learning Disabilities”. Her proposal discussed a series of applications that focus on helping students with reading, such as: Voice Dream, Grammarly, & Dragon Dictation.
Read more about the Literacy Lifeboat on Holly's website!
Upon arriving in Philadelphia, PN on Sunday morning, we made our way to our hotel, settled in, and then headed back to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. What a place!
Our first day consisted of a plethora of exploring the place and getting our bearings. The Convention Center was spread out across 3 of the biggest streets in Philly: Broad, Market, & Arch. The street level had several tunnels for bus drop-off/taxi areas. Right on the corner of Market & Arch was the Reading Terminal Market––a shout out to Spartano's Philly Cheese Steaks!
The next day, we arrived early in the day to attend the unveiling of SMART Technologies' latest gadget: Smart kapp IQ. It builds on their previous software, Smart kapp, which allows teachers to share information from one device via white board. Kapp IQ allows for a two-way street: students can now share information with teachers from their device. Everyone can draw on the same board from anywhere in the room! This new product brings interactive white boards to a new level of collaboration, enhancing teaching & learning the classroom.
Learn about SMART kapp iQ!
After that, we spent several hours in the Exhibit Hall, which seemed to be miles long. Large companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, & Steelcase, in addition to several smaller firms. The three of us met several representatives from companies like SMART Technologies, Best Buy, & ELMO.
Once we had enough of the exhibit hall(for one day), we moved onto an interactive lecture given by two teachers titled "10 Tips for Creating a Classroom in the Cloud". The presenters, Jared Covili & Nicholas Provenzano, were fantastic! We managed to connect with Nicholas because Holly had him for english class in high school––a small world! They introduced several software platforms that could help with formative assessment & student engagement using several different devices.
Our final day included a session on using Socrative, an assessment software that is incredibly useful for quizzes and polls. More on our sessions will be discussed in a full report. Please contact us if you would like to read the report!
Overall, the trip was a GREAT success! We learned about several new devices and software that we will be able to use in our efforts to strengthen teaching and learning in the classroom. More resources will be posted on the website in the coming weeks!
Thanks for following us on our adventure to ISTE 2015!