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Join us in Boston November 13-14th, 2015 for our annual iPad Summit. Registration and more details at ettipad.org/Boston

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Friday, November 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
'The Construction Zone: Building an i-School '

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This session is for building-based secondary-level educators, administrators, and district administrators who are exploring or are involved in the implementation of a mobile learning initiative. Through the voice of administrators, teachers and students, participants will experience first hand how Blake Middle School engaged students and educators in the transformation from a computer lab/wireless cart model to the 1:1 environment. Over a two year period, Blake Middle School implemented mobile learning classroom pilots (iPad and Nexus) to help the district assess which model would best meet the needs of students with the vision of a 1:1 structure for grades 6-12. After these successful pilots, Blake Middle School launched a 1:1 Bring Your Own iPad Initiative for grades 6-8.

By following four core principles, students and educators from Blake Middle School brought an engaging student-centered model to fruition:
- Program Development (evolution from 1:1 pilot to full-scale 6th-8th grade initiative)
- Classroom Implementation (Student/Teacher demonstrations across curricula demonstrating the applications of the program)
- Professional Development Structure (ETT, common planning, internal structures, appropriate staffing)
- Reflection/Evaluation Systems (determinants of success, systems for continual feedback, student/teacher reflections)

Participants will walk away with increased knowledge of an infrastructure for communication, exemplars of teaching and lessons, links to surveys for students and parents, and a template for an implementation plan. We will exhibit our methods of transparency and communication with the parents and greater community, philosophy of mistakes, and professional development model. Aspects to be shared include our approach to thematic professional development, a culture of collaboration, policies and procedures, purposeful learning, and digital citizenry.

We will offer the participants a timeline with steps we took in Medfield at the middle school, from a ‘process perspective’ to the actual implementation in the classes with the students. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to self-reflect on their own school’s readiness for a mobile learning initiative. The lessons we learned, and approach we took as a team to enhance the learning for our students, will hopefully help with sharing our approach, successes, mistakes, and process of growth.  


Jason Heim

Science Teacher, T.A. Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
Jason is an eighth grade science teacher at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA and is an edtech enthusiast. His passion and leadership skills have helped lead a culture of creative and collaborative students and adults.

Seth Hellerstein

Blake Middle School
Seth Hellerstein is an 8th grade English teacher at Blake Middle School.
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Diane Horvath

Technology Integration Specialist, T.A. Blake MS
Diane is the Technology Integration Specialist at Blake Middle School who believes in living in BETA! She has a strong desire to continually evolve and spark opportunities for creativity, connectivity and innovation to students. Her current spotlight is on blending technology + design thinking + electronics + crafts across the middle school curriculum. Diane is also highly involved in the Global Technovation Competition to encourage young girls... Read More →
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Nat Vaughn

Principal, Blake Middle School
Nat Vaughn has been an educator for 19 years and is the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA. His strong advocacy for fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents has played a significant role in the 1:1 6th-8th grade iPad Initiative at Blake. Nat believes communication, a willingness to adapt, and transparency are key elements in transforming a school towards a student-centered... Read More →

Friday November 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Target Audience Middle School Educators, High School Educators, School, District, or College/University Administrators

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