As schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an efficient and effective system that works. With no standardized system or uniform roadmap to follow, at the moment, it’s up to individual schools to reach out through their networks to find information about best practices and smooth, streamlined service.
Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses. But once a system is in place, educators will intuitively be able to move on with the business of guiding student learning.
To that end, here are some ideas about how to put a system in place for iPad use in classrooms:
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Building A Cost-Effective Online Orientation: Best Practices, Essential Components, & Practical Applications
Tuesday, June 5 ~ 3:00-4:30pm EDT
Host: Innovative Educators
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An online orientation program can be an innovative, cost-effective, and practical way of facilitating transitions into higher education for many different populations. This session will highlight the utility of using online orientation for multiple institutional audiences (freshmen, transfers, parents, international students, traditional students, and non-traditional students). Presenters will provide an introduction to online orientations including relevant learning theories and best practices, as well as a preliminary planning document for use following the seminar. This session will also showcase a variety of successful online orientations that bridge populations and institutional types.
- Become familiar with the history and current online orientation practices
- Draw from relevant theories to substantiate online orientation as an authentic learning environment
- Identify best practices and typical components for an online orientation
- Discuss the implications for utilizing online orientation with diverse populations
- View/tour a variety of different online orientation applications
- Be provided with a preliminary planning document
Who should attend?
Professionals interested in utilizing online orientation programs for the population they serve.
Speakers: Clay Adams and Jessica Hale
Clay Adams serves as the Assistant Dean for New Student Programs at Duke University. Clay joined the Duke family full-time in the summer of 2003 as a Residence Coordinator. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a B.S. in Business Management, and a M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Clay directs all new student transition programs including: the Student Transition Series, pre-orientation programs, orientation welcome week, communications and student group advisement. In 2008 he led a project team, which ultimately developed Duke’s online orientation program known on-campus as the Summer Transition Series. Clay’s research interests include: international education, student transition, higher education finance and online education.
Jessica Hale is a faculty member in the Academic Skills department at Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and an educational consultant. Prior to working with transitioning students in the classroom, Jessica coordinated WCC’s Orientation program. In this capacity Jessica welcomed more than 15,000 students to WCCâ€™s campus and participated in the development and implementation of a successful online orientation. Jessica served as the co-chair of the Two Year College Network for the National Orientation Directors Association from 2007-11. In addition, she has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics related to online orientation, educational technology, and transitional programming for students and parents. Jessica holds an M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and recently completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University.
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About the Author
Karen Kear is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Systems Department, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, UK.