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Benefits of Attending Auburn’s Leveraging Learning iPad Institute

Auburn Schools (ME), an early adopter of 1to1 iPads in primary grades, hosts the annual Leveraging Learning Institute on the topic. Registration for the Nov 12-14 Institute opens at noon (ET) on August 21.

Dr. David Murphy, RSU 44 Superintendent (Bethel, ME), has sent a team to the Institute every year. In this video, he discusses both what his district has gotten from attending the Institute, and the benefits of sending a team of teachers, administrators, tech integrators, and technicians.


Registration is limited to 135, so be sure to register early. Districts are encouraged to send teams, and the Institute is structured to support teamwork (but individuals are welcome, too!).

This year, we are expecting the Institute to be internationally rich! More than a third of our participants are likely to be educators from outside the United States. What a great opportunity to share your experiences and learn from educators from across the country and around the world!

Learn more by visiting the Leveraging Learning Hold the Date Page.  We hope to see you at the Institute!


We Thought We Were Pretty Good Tech Integrators, Until We Met Jennie

Our team of technology integrators is very experienced and does great work. At least we thought so, until we met Jennie Magiera. 😉

Jennie works with teachers in Chicago Public Schools on leveraging technology to engage and motivate students, as well as strengthen their learning. We were fortunate enough to have her join us for last year's Leveraging Learning Institute: iPads in Primary Grades. She not only keynoted, but led several sessions, collaborated with participants, and worked closely with our middle grades twitter reporters. She even convinced us all (in the middle of the Institute!) that a panel of our student reporters should do one of the evening keynotes! (We took her advice, and the kids were great!)

Her energy and positive attitude are contagious (although there is a chance that the Energizer Bunny is exhausted by having her around!), and her great ideas about teaching with technology are so numerous, you just can't try them all at once.

But that's ok. Take your time. It's worth the investment of practice and the effort to make them part of your repertoire.

This is her keynote from last year. Her slides are here. I hope you get as much out of it as we did.


The Leveraging Learning Institute highlights Auburn's experience and “lessons learned” from the country's first district-wide 1to1 iPads in primary grades initiative, and helps participants learn how to successfully design and implement an iPad initiative to customize learning for students. This year's Institute is Wednesday Nov. 13 through Friday November 15, and registration is currently open.


Don’t Miss the Second Annual iPads in Primary Grades Institute

Auburn's Leveraging Learning Institute

Save The Date!

Auburn is hosting its second annual iPads in Primary Grades Institute on November 14-16, 2012.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about how Auburn is structuring their initiative and the key components to pay attention to for your own district’s initiative. Just look at what participants had to say last year:

  • “The quality of this conference was extremely high. …the information was both pertinent and useable immediately.” – Kevin Howe, Board Member, Lakeside Union School District, Lakeside, CA
  • “The emphasis on teams was great and I wish I had brought more team members. Next time!” – Jenni Voorhees, Academic Technology Coordinator, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC
  • “We were able to fine tune our current practice and more effectively strategize for the future using what we learned with you.” – Gretchen Schaefer, Early Childhood Instructor, Waynflete School, Portland, ME

Here are some of the great resources from last Year’s conference.

We’ll let you know when registration opens, but for now, hold the date! (but when the time comes, register early! There are only 115 slots!)