Agendas, with most current first.

Second Meeting: Tuesday May 17, 2011 (9AM - Noon)
Location: Maine International Center for Digital Learning (MICDL) - USM Lewiston Auburn College - Map

Following up on a successful first meeting, this session will continue and expand on some of the topics exposed in the first gathering. It will be of value to all who are interested in the role of iPads in Early Childhood Education environments.

Brief Presentations:
  • Superintendent Tom Morrill will provide an overview of Auburn, Maine's "Advantage 2014" project - the implementation of 1:1 iPads in Kindergarten classrooms. Click here to download a PDF of Auburn's slides:
  • Ruben Puentedura speaking to iPad research (Slides and more here:
  • The Early Childhood Education Program at the University of Maine will share a DRAFT version of their iPad App Rubric,
  • designed to help raise awareness of how to select quality apps to use with young children. Bonnie Blagojevic, Research Associate, CCIDS, will offer a quick "Information Invitation" Wiki Tour and Scavenger Hunt; Apps rating scales and reviews: IPad ideaspace/ECETECH
Favorite apps-check out the appolicious collections and suggested app favorites
App Topics- Digital storytelling blog descriptions and comparison chart
Classroom iPad activity examples-Implementation videos and blogs
Resources-Ebook research and appendix on measuring child engagement
Moodle discussions- a work in progress

Hillary Brumer, RSU 21 Assistive Technology Specialist and self-aware "appaholic" will share her process for locating and evaluating apps for specific student needs. Inside the Mind of an Appoholic

There will also be time for an open conversation around the iPad and ECE. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and stories of iPad integration into ECE settings.

Participants are invited to come early, as the room will be set and ready to go by 8 AM - Want to get a jump on the iPad in ECE conversation? Apple representatives and others will be available prior to the 9 AM start for informal conversations.

There will be some iPads available for participants to experience, and participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own.

First Meeting: Monday April 11, 2011
Location: Room 165 Barrows Hall (Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium) - UMaine Orono

9 - 9:05 Welcome
9:05 - 9:45 Introduction to the iPad
9:45 - 10:30 Two Stories - iPads and The Early Childhood Education Program at UMaine Orono and UMaine Farmington
10:30 - 10:45 - Break & Conversations
10:45 - 11:45 - Open sharing time - an opportunity for folks to describe their iPad experiences, to ask questions, and to connect.
11:45 - Noon - Return to the wiki and next steps.