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Heather Dowd

Apple Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator

Session Descriptions

My classroom has devices. Now what? - resources

Are you rethinking some of your classroom management strategies now that your students have devices? Are you concerned about preparing students to behave appropriately? This is the session for you! We’ll explore the free digital citizenship curriculum available from Common Sense Media by experiencing a lesson as a student. I’ll model good classroom management strategies as we go through the lesson, and then we’ll put on our teacher hats and debrief. You can participate in this session with a Mac or iPad.

Podcasting Made Easy - resources

Build writing and media literacy skills by creating a podcast with Garageband. In this session, you’ll follow a simple process for planning, recording, mixing, and exporting a short podcast. You can use the resources to design your own podcasting project for your class and let your students’ voices be heard! It will be helpful if you bring headphones. (This session will help you prepare for the Apple Teacher Garageband for Mac badge.)

Note: Download Garageband and open it one time BEFORE coming to this session.

Apps: Garageband for Mac (Will also work on an iPad but with some limitations.)

Simple Animation with Keynote - resources

We’ve all used Keynote for slide presentations, but did you know you can use it as a simple animation tool? Using the animation features and magic move, you and your students can create simple animations to visualize and demonstrate understanding of a concept. In this session, you’ll create a simple animation to practice these skills while discussing ideas on how you can use animations in your classroom. (This session will help you prepare for the Apple Teacher Keynote for Mac badge.)

Apps: Keynote for Mac (Will also work on an iPad but with some limitations.)

Visual Design for Pages - resources

We often ask students to communicate their learning visually, but we don’t always provide them with the visual literacy skills they need to create an effective message. In this session, you’ll learn basic graphic design tools you can use with your students to create a magazine article with Pages. You’ll explore color, font, shape, and CARP and how they can help communicate your message. These same skills can be used to create posters, pamphlets, and other visuals.  (This session will help you prepare for the Apple Teacher Pages for Mac badge.)

Apps: Pages for Mac (Will also work on an iPad but with some limitations.)