Resources from Miami Device


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School hosted Miami Device, a conference held on their campus November 6 & 7, 2014. Felix Jacomino, the school’s Director of Technology, managed to lead a team that pulled off an incredible learning event. The speakers, sessions, food, venue, and even the name tags surpassed all expectations.

The opening keynote speaker was Kevin Honeycutt.  Kevin’s wisdom, humor, expertise, kindness, charm, and wit set the stage for the two days. I had the privilege of being the closing keynote speaker. I had a great time encouraging educators to give students as much ownership over their devices and learning as possible. 

When I attend sessions, in addition to taking my own notes, I like to photograph the presenter, enhance the photo, and overlay text on top to make an infopic. An infopic's text might be quotes, takeaways, or thoughts about the session. I picked up this technique from Jonathan Nalder, whose iPhoneography is inspiring.

The hallmark of a great conference is that there are too many concurrent sessions you want to attend, and that's exactly what happened at Miami Device. Luckily, many generous presenters at Miami Device shared their resources, notes, and handouts digitally. I thought I’d link to some of them.

Help Students Show What They Know With Media 
by Wesley Fryer

View different examples of student multimedia projects created by students, including narrated art/photo projects, narrated slideshow/screencasts, Quick-edit videos, visual notes, and GeoMap projects.

Create Multimedia eBooks in a 1 iPad Classroom
by Wesley Fryer

Enhanced eBooks on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches can include audio, video, and interactive animations in addition to digital text, images and links. Learn how to use the iPad apps “Book Creator” and “Creative Book Builder” to create and share enhanced/multimedia eBooks using DropBox for free cloud storage/distribution. 

Sketchnoting for Learning
by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article or listening to a lecture of conference keynote.

Innovative Interactive Presentation Tools to Bring Your Classroom to Life 
by Bryan Miller

Interactive response systems have evolved from the formal clickers, to now operating on mobile devices. Bryan gives you a head to head comparison of all of the popular interactive response systems that work on your classroom's mobile devices.

Google Forms - The Swiss Army Knife of Google Apps
by Jennifer Guevara Baselice

Collecting information is something we do on a daily basis. Whether it is collecting lesson plans from faculty, submitting homework assignments, or taking a quiz, we are constantly gathering data. With Google Forms it is super easy to collect this information and so much more! Learn about the many creative ways teachers can use Google Forms with their classes.

Keep Explaining
by Greg Kulowiec

This session explores the more complex uses for Explain Everything. Ideas discussed in the session ranged from creating flash style animation to mind mapping, presenting, video reflections & multimedia writing. 

App Smashing
by Greg Kulowiec
App-Smashing, the process of using multiple apps to create, modify, remix, edit and publish content from an iPad to create content that could never have been created with just one app. With the increasingly flexibility of the iPad iOS and the ability to share content on one iPad from app to app, from iPad to iPad, and from an iPad to the web, both students and teachers have the ability to create truly remarkable creations on an iPad.

Advanced iPad Video Creation
Greg Kulowiec
Explore options and potential for dynamic video creation on the iPad that moves beyond simple point & shoot with the video camera. Through a combination of screencasting apps, layered video, green screen editing, and time lapse video capture, explore both the technical side of advanced video creation as well as the potential for classroom use and student created video content.

Redefining the Mobile Writing Process
Greg Kulowiec
While the fact that we proceed through the steps of Brainstorming, Organizing, Drafting, Revising, Publishing, and Reflecting may not change, the associated tasks and processes certainly evolve and transform when students have access to mobile devices. Examine the evolution of the writing process, identifying tools and strategies that may not have been previously conceivable.

Building Early Footprints
by Tanya Avrith
We want to encourage our students to begin to create and publish content at an early age. However, what does that look like for early elementary grades (K-3)? Get introduced to practical pedagogical strategies for using iPads and Blogger with your students.

Rethinking the Chromebook as a Creation Device
by Tanya Avrith

Chromebooks have huge potential in the area of creation.  Unfortunately they are frequently used solely as word processors and for research. There are so many opportunities for creation on chromebooks; we just need to rethink what creation looks like! 

Technology Integration and the Common Core
by Andrew Miller

The CCSS call us to integrate technology in intentional and meaningful ways to have students meet rigorous standards. Examine the question, "How can I integrate technology to meet the CCSS?" Uncover specific CCSS that call for technology integration as well as ideas for implementation and lesson planning.

Intentional Technology Integration and Mobile Learning for the PBL Classroom
by Andrew Miller

Align technology integration to the essentials elements of PBL to ensure you are truly doing Project Based Learning, and not "dessert" projects. See examples at varying grade levels of successful PBL projects aligned to Common Core and ISTE NET Standards and for various subject areas. Receive practical tips to implement your own PBL projects.

Enhancing Instruction with Digital Games
by Andrew Miller

Uncover how and why games engage us in specific and meaningful ways. Learn how to evaluate digital games for effectiveness in the classroom and learn the difference between an App and a Game. Pick and play games for intentional moments in the classroom, such formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and reflection to name a few.

Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game
by Michael Matera

Imagine students engaged in a multiplayer world, with XP, quests, mobs, dungeons, and guilds. A massive online game? No. Make this happen in your classroom, where students learn by playing; where they teach each other and themselves. Come play along and learn how. Using gamification, the most motivational aspects of games in non-game settings, has changed the game of school.

App Flows: A 5-Step Approach to Lesson Planning with Technology
by Dave Guymon

Finding ways to work technology into lesson plans can be challenging, especially when there is an expectation for you to do so. The App Flow model is a five-step approach to effectively leveraging technology throughout a lesson plan. Learn how to design instruction through App Flows along with various tools for each stage of a the lesson plan process.

If You Challenge Them...
by Craig Badura

The "show and tell" or “sit and get” format doesn’t work in our classrooms, so why should we expect it to work with our teachers?  Who doesn’t love a little competitive challenge?  Learn how Craig is utilizing "App Task Challenges” with his teachers. 

Get Real Maths
by Jenny Ashby

Let's add meaning to numbers. Learn about how you can use apps and websites to give numbers meaning so they become less and the mathematical thinking more. Are we calculating too much but leaving out the understanding? Calculators can calculate but we add the human mathematical thinking?

Coding as Easy as 123
by Jenny Ashby

Learn to be a Coding Ninja after a no fail way to introduce students to coding. Jenny used Beebots followed by apps on the iPads or similar tablets. Beebot, Daisy the Dino, CargoBots, Turtle Draw, Hopscotch, etc.

Reducing Mobile Disconnect in the classroom using the LearnPad Solution
by Michael Luetjen

The LearnPad is changing mobile instruction and learning. Imagine having all of your lesson resources available to all of the student devices, including apps, videos, files etc., with the additional advantage of classroom device control, management, sharing and broadcasting. Switching from Math to English? Same device, new lesson with all new resources populated at the click of a scanner. 

Student Digital Portfolios - Rethinking Assessment Using Google and iPads 
by Holly Clark
This session discussed the importance of student-created digital portfolios. From why they are important to how we can use the power of Google tools to help students showcase and own their learning. Learn strategies for digitizing, uploading and publishing student work using Google with a focus on the best iPad apps that integrate with Google Drive.

iPads and Google: A Friendship Made in the Clouds
by Holly Clark

Are you using Google Drive to its full potential on the iPad? Learn amazing ways you can use Google Drive on your iOS device to help students purposefully capture, collaborate, and publish their work. Learn how to rethink Google Drive and the iPad in a way that can completely change the workflow in your classroom.

Instant PD with iTunes U
by Lisa Johnson
Discover the power and potential of using iTunes U to deliver Professional Development to your staff… and beyond.

Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom
by Lisa Johnson

How will you use graphic novels & comic creation apps in your iClassroom to support your curricular & project-based needs? Learn to blend visible thinking strategies and augmented additives to redefine how you use comic creation apps in your classroom.

Comic Sans Isn't Professional
by Jeremy Macdonald

Comic Sans should be outlawed, exiled, and eradicated. It's not even funny. Let Jeremy help you find better ways to improve your approach to visual design, slide preparation, and presentation skills that don't require silly fonts. 

Engaging Students with QR Codes
by Janet Corder and Joan Gore
QR codes - they're everywhere, but how can they be used in the classroom? Learn about creating various kinds of codes and access to lots of QR code activities for all subjects and grade levels.

Bring It On: BYOD/1:1 Activities That Work
by Janet Corder and Joan Gore
Your school has adopted a BYOD or 1:1 program, so what meaningful activities can students engage in?  Learn about engaging activities that can be modified for multiple subjects and grade levels using most any device that can access the Internet.

What's New, What's Hot, What's Cool
by Janet Corder and Joan Gore
Have you seen the latest iPad tools and apps? We’ll explore how Tangible Play turns your iPad into virtual activities with tangrams, words and more. The Augmented Reality puzzles are fun and educational and a great activity for your classroom. What else is new and cool?

How We Are Flipping the Script
by Sarah Thomas
"Flipping" seems like the new educational technology buzzword of 2013, but what exactly does it mean? Discover why a middle school ELA/Technology Integration teacher has fallen head over heels. Topics covered will include videotaped lessons, useful resources, and myths vs. realities.

Picture This! A Safari into the Wild World of Images for Learning
by Cindy Wilson-Hyde, Carol Chenet & Jaya Krutulis
Presenters introduce image-based applications including Narrable, Haiku Deck, Vuvox, and Biteslide that can be used with students. Learn about resources for images, tools for image editing, and ideas for classroom projects that harness the power of images for learning. 

Are These the Tools We are Looking For?
by Rodney Turner

This session demonstrates ways to integrate and implement Android applications in the classroom. The featured apps were chosen for their ability to let students and teachers create using their Android device. 

iPad as the Teacher's Pet 
by Tony Vincent
Discover how iPad can support your teaching by spending time learning about apps and services that you'll wonder how you ever lived without. Apps can turn iPad into a timer, voice recorder, document camera, and notebook. See how iPad can help you manage your classroom, capture learning artifacts, poll students, visualize concepts, share demonstrations, and much more.

Mobilize for Personal Productivity
by Tony Vincent

Productivity is described by guru David Allen as “advanced common sense,” and by applying some simple strategies, you can declutter your inbox, browse the web more efficiently, keep a centralized to-do list, manage voicemails, and much more, all while being mobile.

Make Marvelous Movies
by Tony Vincent

Create excellent educational films by using a variety of iPhone and iPad apps to film, edit, enhance, and publish videos. Learn about tips and tricks for helping students memorize lines, improving sound quality, changing camera angles, improving lighting, and much more.

You can view the full program for Miami Device online. If a presenter chose to share their digital handouts, you'll see a button that reads Session Resources after you click through to view the details of each session.

Want to see more from Miami Device? Check out Felix Jacomino’s Photo Album on Facebook Miami Device 2014, and click on over to Aníbal Pacheco’s Miami Device: The Experience Pinterest Board.

Didn’t make it to Miami Device? Then consider coming to Mobile Learning Experience 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. It’s being held June 10-12, 2015 at the beautiful Westin La Paloma Resort.


Mobile Learning Experience 2011,  2012,  and 2013  were fantastic opportunities for educators to learn, share, and connect. I’m on the team that organizes this event, and we are on a mission to make this the best conference possible. We have a dinner keynote presentation by Tim Rylands and a closing keynote by Adam Bellow. We will also have dozens of breakout sessions, Ignite presentations, stargazing, and speed apping.

And don’t just consider attending, consider submitting a presentation proposal! Mobile 2015’s Call for Proposals is now open. The deadline for submitting is January 12, 2015. If your proposal is accepted, you receive a $75 discount on registration. Be sure to follow Mobile Learning Experience on Twitter and Facebook for announcements, including the reveal of Mobile 2015’s Featured Speakers!