Institute for Educational Development

Practical Strategies for Using iPads® and Digital Tools to Help Your Students Meet the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts

(Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Jonathan Brubaker

Outstanding Teacher, Technology Leader and Experienced Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Content Area Teachers, Reading and Literacy Specialists, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • An outstanding overview of the best iPad apps and web tools for secondary students to fully support implementation of the Common Core State Standards
  • Practical, ready-to-use ideas for selecting and utilizing the most effective iPad apps and digital tools to support reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the writing process
  • Powerful strategies for using online resources to provide engaging English/language arts lessons for your middle and high school learners
  • Dozens of easy-to-implement ideas to help your students not only wisely consume, but also create digital media
  • Receive an extensive, ready-to-use resource handbook filled with a wealth of outstanding apps, web resources, classroom-proven ideas, themes, activities, and dozens of practical instructional ideas you can use immediately

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Practical Strategies

In this exciting NEW seminar, Jonathan Brubaker will share a wealth of highly effective iPad apps, digital tools and online resources to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards in grades 6-12. Jon will go beyond familiarizing you with the best web tools by sharing highly practical strategies for using these outstanding tools to help your students reach the new rigorous demands of the Common Core standards.

This fast-paced seminar will be filled with great new practical apps, innovative and creative instructional ideas, exciting curriculum connections, and tips to help you manage student use of these online resources. Whether you have BYOD, a computer lab, or a 1-1 program, you will gain valuable activities and strategies for making the best use of free and low-cost apps to motivate, engage and support your secondary literacy learners.

All participants will leave with extensive lists of outstanding online tools and annotated bibliographies in a comprehensive resource handbook full of proven ideas that you can immediately put to use to motivate and inspire your learners.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies for Using iPads and Digital Tools to Help Your Students Meet the Rigorous Common Core State Standards
    Learn practical strategies that infuse valuable web tools into your instruction and help students gain mastery of the range of skills and applications specified in the Common Core State Standards … Innovative ideas for integrating technology into your instruction of reading, literature and writing at the secondary level
  2. Use Outstanding Online Tools to Implement the New Common Core English/Language Arts Standards
    Look at what the Common Core State Standards are and what they are not … Learn the best ways to compare them to what you currently have in place and find out key next steps to implement them using outstanding online resources
  3. Discover the Best Apps and Digital Tools to Address the Common Core’s Emphasis on Text Complexity
    Learn effective strategies and websites for creating a strong reading culture in your classroom … Valuable ideas to ensure that your secondary students are reading challenging material
  4. Provide Highly Effective Feedback to Improve Students’ Writing
    Make the most of your individual feedback to students through the use of outstanding web tools … Effective techniques for providing students with meaningful feedback that will improve their writing
  5. Explore How Online Learning Networks Can Help Facilitate Learning Outside the Classroom
    Learn how to manage effective and relevant online discussions … Practical strategies that help students extend their learning beyond the school day, using the tools they love to use!
  6. Incorporate Timesaving Strategies
    Discover ideas and tips for managing your technology resources in the English/language arts classroom, whether you have BYOD, a computer lab, or enough for 1-to-1 learning … Valuable ideas and proven classroom management techniques to best use the technology you have available
  7. Use Online Resources for Formative Assessment
    See multiple ways to use today’s best apps and web-based resources to quickly and efficiently gauge your students’ progress … Impressive tools that give students immediate feedback and help clearly focus on the skills they need to learn
  8. Maximize the Advantages of Ready-to-Use Resources
    Explore the best apps that let you teach reading and writing skills in new and interesting ways without reinventing the wheel … Take advantage of highly useful resources to enhance the way you teach reading, writing and vocabulary skills in grades 6-12
  9. Align Your Current Classroom Practice with the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts
    Utilize current reading and writing strategies that are highly successful with your students … See where they fit into the Common Core State Standards and how you can fine-tune your implementations for an even better fit
  10. Receive a Ready-to-Use Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource handbook filled with dozens of practical ideas, apps, websites, and valuable strategies for using tech tools in the classroom … All resources are designed specifically for grades 6-12 and can be used immediately in your own classroom to help your students master the rigorous expectations of the Common Core standards

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • How to use iPad apps and web tools to create engaging learning experiences for reading and writing
  • Dozens of powerful, practical ideas for using apps and websites to increase your students’ success in meeting the Common Core standards in English/language arts
  • Step-by-step demonstrations to take advantage of the rich array of ready-to-use online tools and resources
  • Practical strategies to choose and use the best apps for teaching readers and writers in grades 6-12
  • Effective techniques for using web tools to differentiate your teaching for a wide range of student needs
  • Tips, tools and proven techniques to teach fundamental reading and writing skills in new and interesting ways without reinventing the wheel
  • Timesaving ideas and instructional strategies that make your life easier, both in and out of the classroom
  • How to strengthen student research skills through the use of online resources
  • Valuable tips for your students to get the most from online discussions
  • Where to find a variety of outstanding apps and tools to reinforce reading and writing skills and give students fun opportunities to practice them
  • A wealth of ways to fully involve your students in collaborative learning to improve their reading and writing skills
  • How to use interactive apps that match the personalized learning needs of your students
  • Valuable techniques to keep track of your students’ progress and address their specific needs
  • A wealth of ideas, ready-to-use tools and cutting-edge resources to make reading and writing instruction come alive!
  • Highly effective strategies to engage students in authentic, purposeful reading and writing tasks
  • Outstanding online tools that allow you to provide specific feedback to students in a timely manner
  • Where to locate outstanding resources that support the effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards at the classroom level
  • Exceptional and current online texts for teaching literary non-fiction in grades 6-12

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

The Common Core State Standards call on students to use technology tools and digital media strategically and capably. If our students are going to be able to achieve this goal, we as teachers must be models of how to use online resources and internet tools. Fortunately, many of these practical tools can transform our instruction and increase student engagement. When students are exposed to online resources that will help enhance their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, they become more independent and engaged learners. It is my pleasure to share with you the wealth of technology tools and outstanding apps that enable you to help your students achieve the rigorous demands of the Common Core standards.

Whether you work in regular education, Title I, technology elective, or as a reading coach or specialist, I know you’ll discover a wealth of valuable tools and practical strategies you’ll want to use in your own classroom to help students meet the new Common Core standards. Many online resources are practical, easy-to-use tools that provide us with excellent options for reaching and engaging our learners in highly effective, non-threatening ways. I am very excited to spend a day with you demonstrating the practical uses of these online tools.

During this fast-paced seminar, our focus will be on strategies for discovering, managing and using valuable web apps and digital tools to enhance the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of our students. We will discuss what students need in order to become successful in the Common Core and how these online resources can make learning fun for them and provide them with the best chance for success. You will receive information about dozens of exemplary apps, websites, assessment strategies, management ideas, and a variety of timesaving tips for integrating technology into your daily routine. All of the strategies and ideas can be easily adapted to meet your needs and the needs of your students in grades 6-12.

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar. No matter what your current level of competence with the internet and online resources, you will leave with a full supply of ideas and tools to use with learners in your secondary classroom.

Jonathan Brubaker

P.S. I know your time is valuable so I have planned a busy day that is packed with the best, practical strategies and apps that can be used to meet the new Common Core State Standards!

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Content Area Teachers, Reading and Literacy Specialists, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
    • Valuable descriptions and ideas for using the latest, best online resources for meeting the Common Core State Standards
    • Management tips for using online resources, whether you have BYOD, a computer lab, or a 1-to-1 program
    • Proven activities that generate active participation, promote higher-level thinking and motivate adolescent students
    • Dozens of practical tips for using free or inexpensive apps in ways that appeal to your students
    • Highly practical, innovative ideas for using web tools to significantly increase student achievement in reading and writing
    • Timesaving rubrics and ideas for assessments to provide quick and effective feedback to students
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in using online resources to enhance their students' ability to meet the demands of the new Common Core State Standards.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Jonathan Brubaker will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own literacy program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, 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.