Institute for Educational Development


Holiday Inn & Suites - Carol Stream
150 South Gary Ave
Carol Stream, IL, 60188

March 21, 2013

$219.00 per person

Current, Best iPad® Apps
for Effective Differentiated Instruction
in Inclusive Classrooms

(Grades K-6)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Anne Beninghof

Outstanding Teacher, Author and Seminar Leader

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, ELL Teachers, Literacy and Math Coaches, Para-Educators, and Administrators

  • Learn easy ways to integrate engaging iPad apps into your daily instruction
  • Explore the quality indicators for effective apps and discover which are the most critical for elementary school settings
  • Save time by learning from Anne’s exhaustive search of the latest available apps for inclusive elementary classrooms
  • Support the Common Core Standards by examining apps that add rigor to your instruction
  • See cutting-edge ways to engage students and enhance instruction with Augmented Reality – the hottest new 3-D apps
iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Practical Strategies

iPads are excellent tools for supporting your goals for differentiation and inclusion. But how do you manage a classroom full of excited elementary students? What if you only have one iPad in the classroom? How can apps help you meet the wide range of abilities in your students? How do you know which apps are the best?

In this NEW seminar, Anne Beninghof will share her iPad journey with you, giving you the best tips for making them work while avoiding the common pitfalls. Whether you have one or many, iPads can be easily integrated into your instruction to make it more engaging, individualized and effective.

iPads can be an integral part of your differentiation plan – especially when you have quality guidelines to help you. There are apps that are wonderful for struggling learners, students with disabilities, English language learners, and those at risk for school failure. Learn about the wonderful accessibility features that come pre-loaded and can aid in universal design. There are also apps that are wonderful for adding rigor, extending thinking and providing enrichment for students who are ready for greater challenges.

Anne has actively searched for the newest and best apps so that she can share them with you and save you the research time. (Just because an app is free, doesn’t mean it is worth it!) See dozens of creative examples of how Anne has used apps in more than just one way.  Walk away with ready-to-implement lesson plans that incorporate apps for whole group, small group and individual learning. Let this workshop save you time and money by insuring that you have the latest, best apps at your fingertips!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Explore Dozens of Free and Low-cost Apps
    Learn numerous free or low-cost apps that can be used by students at various readiness levels … How to put them to work in your own classroom as soon as you return
  2. Boost Students’ Thinking With Creative iPad Projects
    Preview apps that include Bloom’s Taxonomy and other higher level thinking frameworks
  3. Discover Key Criteria for Choosing Worthwhile Apps
    Avoid wasting money and time on apps that are missing essential features ... Learn what to look for and what makes an app educationally worthwhile
  4. Ensure All Three Components of Differentiation
    Discover apps that appeal to student interests, apps that address various learning profiles and apps that meet students at their readiness levels
  5. Design iPad Station Activities that Work for Independent or Teacher-Led Groups
    Learn ideas for increasing student independence with iPad interactions ... Numerous ideas for iPad station activities as well as teacher-led groups
  6. Motivate Students with Positive, Pro-active Apps for Behavior and Communication
    Explore ideas and apps for individual schedules, reinforcers, random selectors, and classroom management tools
  7. Accelerate Basic Skills
    Learn which apps support best practice and help students retain what has been taught … See how to use iPads for independent studying and homework
  8. Realize the Potential of the Built-In Accessibility Features of the iPad
    Ensure that your students are using all the free features that provide for universal access
  9. Connect iPad Activities to the Common Core State Standards
    Use apps that support the Common Core State Standards and add rigor to your daily instruction … Develop strong neural networks
  10. Discover the Best Apps that Save Your Valuable Time
    Simplify daily responsibilities such as data collection, assessment and communication with easy-to-use apps

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Explore dozens of apps that increase participation of all students in your inclusive classrooms
  • Develop ideas for language arts, math, science, social studies, and more
  • Analyze apps for key differentiated instruction features
  • Navigate iPad accessibility features and short cuts
  • Organize student data with simple, time-efficient apps
  • Participate in an app smackdown
  • Design iPad lessons that address various skill levels
  • View apps that support higher order thinking skills
  • Create iPad station activities
  • Connect iPad activities to the Common Core State Standards
  • Avoid the most common pitfalls of the new iPad owner
  • Browse the best of the LATEST apps available
  • View examples of real-life teachers using one iPad or multiple devices
  • Save time and money by using simple search tools and reading the best blogs
  • Excite your students and stimulate neural networks by incorporating novelty
  • Ensure that your students have the skills they need to succeed with tablet technology in the 21st century

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I once reluctantly attended a presentation on digital natives. Reluctant, because as a veteran teacher with little technology training back then, I had decided to let the digital train zip on past me. Luckily, a colleague dragged me along, and life has not been the same since! I realized that my students needed me to jump on board as fast as I could.

Since that time I have started a weekly blog, begun a Facebook group, contributed regularly to twitter feeds and provided webinars. Most importantly, I began to try different apps – saving the ones that worked easily and effectively and deleting the ones that did not. I learned quickly that “free” does not always mean “effective” and developed a list of quality indicators by which I could judge the value of an app.

My colleagues and I explored various ways to use iPads in differentiating instruction, including whole group, small group and 1-on-1 interventions. We found the best ways to use one iPad in a class of thirty students, as well as effective ways to use multiple devices. I’ve spent hours exploring the app store, asking educators from around the country about their favorites, following technology bloggers and reviewing and identifying the best of the best in iPad apps for elementary classrooms. At this seminar I would love to share with you my findings!

Join me for an idea-packed day as I demonstrate the current, best apps for education. Whether you are technology timid or a technology titan, this seminar will spur you forward with exciting ideas you can use right away!

Anne Beninghof

P.S. While I will share a conceptual framework for planning, selecting and implementing iPad apps, the majority of the day will be spent exploring specific apps that you and your students will love!

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, ELL Teachers, Literacy and Math Coaches, Para-Educators, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Lengthy lists of the best, current apps across content and skill areas for use in elementary classrooms
    • Lesson plan examples that incorporate apps for differentiation
    • Reproducibles that integrate easily with the use of apps and extend learning beyond the iPad
    • Ideas for managing iPads in the elementary classroom
    • A comprehensive list of websites and blogs that will extend your learning after the seminar
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in using iPads to enhance their classroom learning.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Anne Beninghof will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your school(s) or district.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.