iPadpalooza 2017: Learning on the Go!

“Counting Finished”… #iplza17

Year 6 of iPadpalooza in Eanes ISD is a wrap!  And… it’s true, the countdown is finished, as this year marked our final “iPadpalooza Learning Festival” in Austin…

Thankfully, folks traveled far and wide to join us this year!  I had the privilege of meeting a team from Guam!  I also finally got to meet Ed-Tech blogger extraordinaire, Jamie Forshey!

Jamie Forshey and I stole the Carpool Karaoke car for a photo op!

From a “Carpool Karaoke” opening session to a “Rock Opera” closing session, iPadpalooza was, and has been, the ideal blend of learning and light-hearted fun. Sessions I attended ranged from practical tips on content design to eye-opening global perspectives, such as entertaining the idea of truly student-led learning and future-ready skills.  I took some time to “play” with Swift Playgrounds, and learned more about Apple retail stores’ PD offerings through their new “Today At Apple” site.  Post-iPadpalooza, I joined fellow teachers at a “Collaborating with Keynote” Teacher Tuesdays session!  What a great, laid-back way to learn!

Collaborating with Keynote at our local Apple retail store! #TodayAtApple #TeacherTuesdays

I had the opportunity to lead a morning “Learnshop” with Tim Yenca to get folks creating using Desmos, as well as an afternoon session experiencing digital tools that empower student voice, and creating classroom-ready resources for our new batch of students this fall!  I also shared about the many ways I use Keynote to literally make EVERYTHING! Check out the Tackk take-away below from my Keynote session – it includes classroom-ready examples and ideas to inspire you and your students to create with Keynote… then use your Keynote creations in other learning tools such as Nearpod, Desmos, Explain Everything, ThingLink, and QuickTime!

My favorite part of any professional conference learning festival is connecting with other passionate educators!  Sessions are great, and so are the impromptu side conversations that inevitably happen.

To live vicariously through those who attended #iplza17, click here!

And… stay tuned… though this year was our city’s last iPadpalooza…

I’ve heard it just might be time for this “learning festival” to EVOLVE…

A shout-out to the Eanes ISD iVengers for their tireless work and attention to detail throughout iPadpalooza!  Your work and planning behind-the-scenes is what has made iPadpalooza the unique success that it has been these past 6 years!

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