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Create and Communicate: iPads in the Elementary Classroom

Location: Hyatt Regency Jackson C

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 23, 8:30–11:30 am
Location: Hyatt Regency Jackson C

Susan Gorman   Carolyn Skibba  
Are you looking to go beyond skill-based apps with your iPads? Using creativity apps and simple collaborative tools, even the youngest students can create, share, teach and inspire. Together we'll explore and create in the role of the student, and then put on our teacher hats to discuss and plan.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will need an iPad and earbuds or headphones with a built-in microphone. Please install the latest version of these free apps:



Shadow Puppet Edu

A QR code scanner (like inigma:

Book Creator One (free edition)


Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will know a basic suite of apps with which elementary students can create. They will practice using each app within a different subject area and discuss how it could be applied across the curriculum at their particular grade level. They will know two tools for sharing student work: Seesaw and Padlet.


Please note: specific examples of what we'll create may change between now and June.

1. Warm-up/Icebreaker/Intro - 20 mins
Participants scan QR codes along the wall to share simple photo and text responses. Discussion follows about what we did, and how and why students could share in this way. We'll share specific tips for how students can use shared work to synthesize new learning, look for patterns, etc. We will use this discussion to set the tone for our time together of thoughtful creativity and sharing.

Each cycle below will have intro, pedagogical discussion, student work samples, and practical tips, along with the hands-on create and share time and a post-activity discussion about how the tools/strategies could be applied. Each cycle is 20-35 minutes depending on the pace and interests of the group.

Cycle 1: Create and share a screencast in Seesaw (math problem)
Cycle 2: Create a narrated slide show in Shadow Puppet; share in Seesaw
Cycle 3: Create a visual book review in PicCollage; share in Seesaw
Cycle 4: Create a content-area vocabulary book in Keynote or Book Creator

We will close with discussion and questions.

Supporting research

This session is about student creativity and sharing, concepts that are well-researched and known to be effective. We draw inspiration from the philosophy and pedagogy presented in Communication and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels, which puts student creativity and curiosity at the center. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, I also draw on the experience and expertise of my peers, who have seen demonstrable evidence that creativity matters in the classroom. While I can't cite a particular study that says variety, choice, and creativity matter, I believe those tenets are widely held to be true.

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Susan Gorman, Sue Gorman, LLC

Sue Gorman is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and Google Certified Innovator. She is passionate about professional learning and collaborates with educators around the globe As a former classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator, Sue pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning for a global audience. You can follow her on Twitter @sjgorman.

Carolyn Skibba, Burley School

Since 1999, Carolyn Skibba has served as the technology specialist at Burley School, a public elementary school in Chicago's Lakeview community. She teaches technology classes K-8, co-teaches and coaches colleagues, leads the school’s 1:1 iPad program, and continuously develops tech integration strategies to support Burley’s unique, literature- and inquiry-rich curriculum. She is a former third grade teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a recipient of the Chicago Public Schools "Ones to Watch" award.

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