iLearn@WPS

Creating & Collaborating with 21st Century Tools

Professional Development with Julie Keefe, WPS Instructional Tech Coach

During our time today we will be examining several key tools for teaching and learning with meaningful tech integration. Our tools will be a mix of iPad apps as well as web-based resources that can be accessed via an internet connection.


On the iPad we'll be using Google Drive to open, create and share documents. We can take PDFs and annotate them with Notability. We can review an article together using Subtext. Explain Everything will allow you to do just that- explain a concept to teach others.


Then we'll venture online for free resources. Padlet.com will serve as a quick & easy space for online discourse. Smore.com is a free resource for online page creation- great for summing up a concept or sharing one's learning. Edmodo.com continues learning beyond the classroom and can work for professional development as well.

Is this iPad training? No, it's a chance to engage today's classroom tools in a meaningful way.

“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders”. – Marion Ginapolis

Today's key features:

How can I make this work in the classroom?

Taking Today's Learning into Your Classroom

In my Professional Development work with WPS teachers, coaches, administrators and support staff their learning doesn't end at the conclusion of a face to face session. They can contact me to schedule a 1:1 session, a model lesson, or just to have some support in the back of the room as they try out these new tools. It's as easy as sending an email to setup a date and time.

julie keefe

Instructional Technology Coach for Worcester Public Schools focusing on hardware: iPads, ELMOs and interactive whiteboards.