Highlights 2017 Agenda

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    Sunday, October  22, 2017

    2:00 – 5:00 PM Arrive. Check into your room, pick up workshop materials. Please note that this agenda should be considered a draft; and may be altered during the workshop session, depending on the group.

    Please bring all devices — tablets and books to all meetings.

    5:00 Greetings, Welcome and Introductions. Overview of the agenda.Katie Paciga and Warren Buckleitner

    Introduction to CTREX (how to login)

    5:30 App-etizers

    6:00 Dinner

    7:00  An evening of storytelling

    A chance to get to know you a bit better, and to share your favorite books (digital or print) with others.


    caterpillar-soloMonday, October 23, 2017

    6:30 Coffee/Tea
    7:30 -8:30 AM Breakfast

    9:00 Language and literacy apps everyone MUST needs to know. An introduction to CTREX and the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award. We can’t take you to Bologna, but we can bring some of the apps to Pennsylvania. Here’s a closer look at what the 2017 BRDA jurors discovered this year.

    • Hardware driven trends
    • iOS 11 (argh)
    • Fiction vs. non-fiction techniques.
    • Innovative interactive design strategies.
    • Android, Apple, Kindle, Windows and other platforms

    10:00  Old Theory Meets New Technology.  A fresh look at new technology from the point of view of old literacy theory: e.g., whole language vs. phonics in an iPad age.

    • Whole language vs. phonics first…constrained skills
      • Book & App explorations – 2 examples of whole language and 2 examples phonics
      • Engagement, interest and SEL factors in learning to read and write
        • MDL, SEL, Attachment, Fred Rogers
      • Vocabulary
      • A Psychology “Cookbook”
      • Genre, Comprehension
        • Emergent readings
          • Download and explore Goldilocks
        • Disciplinary literacy
          • What digital tools to _____{scientists, cartographers, artists, etc.) use? For what purposes? For which audiences?

    12:00 Lunch

    1:00 Group photo & (perhaps) Take a Walk

    2:00 Technology for Language Enrichment in Schools and Libraries (Katie and Warren)

    • Lessons from Mediatech — a center in the Flemington free public library
    • Introducing apps to young children for the first time
    • Using a tablet in the classroom
    • Using a tablet in the library
    • Apps that use the camera
    • Augmented reality apps

    Writing  and Encoding Apps

    • Apps to help with fine motor development
    • Apps for verbal development
    • Making movies and digital creativity experiences.

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    We’ll review authoring tools and apps, and give you a crash course in editing video, making a stop motion project and using Scratch. They we’ll turn you loose to Go out and make something to share for tomorrow.

    3:00 Make an ebook or a movie!

    Turn your Highlights photos and/or movies into a published product.


    5:00 Break

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    5:30 App-etizers

    6:00 Dinner

    7:00 What is “quality?”  

    An informal, free-style demonstration session.

    Bring your favorite apps to demonstrate and rate using your laser pointers.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    6:30 Tea/coffee

    7:30 Breakfast
    9:00  An AppMaker’s Point of View with Daren Carstens

    • How do you make an app?
    • How do you test your apps?
    • What skill and tools do you need?

     10:30 Project demonstration with feedback

    Here’s your chance to show off what you made using digital creativity tools of choice.

    11:30 Evaluation and review

    12:00 Lunch

    1:30 Depart

  • 2018 Events

    Masterclass • Mar. 25, Bologna, Italy • Register
    AppCamp • Jun. 1-3, Asilomar, CA • Register
    Highlights Retreat • Boyds Mills, PA
    Institute • Nov. 4-6, Lambertville, NJ • Register

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      Sanj KharbandaVP Digital Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

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      "Relevant, invigorating and mind expanding: a great event. Warren's energetic, warm and informal style of communication and facilitation is key."

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      "The best part is the inspiration that comes from being with a group of like minded, passionate, talented humans."

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    • Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015

      "A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."

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      Jayne ClarePresident, Teachers With Apps, Dust or Magic Highlights 2015

      "Leaving with a wealth of new knowledge, friends, ideas and inspiration!"

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