Thursday, July 16, 2009

Joining with Clever Educators at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute

Sometimes my creative life overlaps with my life as an educator and I just have to share! I just got back from 5 amazing days in Orlando at the Apple Distinguished Educator Summer Institute. I joined with 150 of the most creative educators in the the country to learn about the latest ideas in education and technology. We met at Full Sail University and enjoyed using their high tech facilities to stretch our knowledge and skills.

During the five days we had the opportunity to tour Full Sail and talk to many of their students. We took some specialized classes and had fascinating presentations from Jayson Witmore and from Ray Zahab about the Impossible 2 Possible. One of the most unique opportunites that we had was a photo shoot with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Frakes. Yes, I felt like America's Next Top Model!

Apple always feeds us well at these conferences! We had lots of great desserts - loved these little mini parfaits in shots glasses!

And isn't this the most unique presentation for a salad?

Part of the institute was working on a small group project on personalized learning. My group was the best - we worked on developing a model for training elementary teachers in Challenge Based Learning. One of the highlights was working in the green screen studio - I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

Here is the video that our team developed to introduce our project - Ann and Linda rocked at putting this together!!

And here is the outtake from our filming - probably no one else will find this funny, but it left us rolling!

My complete set of images from the institute are here at Flickr. My deepest thanks to Apple Computers for putting together another incredible learning experience!


Mathew said...

Sounds like you had an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing your reflections.

JrS said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I'm excited to hear more about your experience when school starts up again!

Paul Devoto said...

Great post! Nicely summarizes the experience. Love the photos, too.

Melissa said...

what a neat experience you were able to have at the conference! :)

btw - the salad looks very European in its' presentation.

K. Shelton said...

Thanks for posting and you captured our experiences quite nicely. Love the pics. Now I need get my posting published as well

Mrs. Robin Martin said...

Looks like you had a great time there. Full sail is a great high tech place to have this type of program! I want to go next year!

cpenny said...

Great summary of an exciting week at Full Sail. Thanks for including all the links.

YayaOrchid said...

I am impressed! You'll seem to have had fun making the videos too. How do you get to be in the group that went to that Apple convention? So glad to know that teachers are recognized for their hard work. It's a good motivational seminar.

Clever Karen said...

Yaya Oechid, you have to apply to be a part of the Apple Distinguished Educators and be selected. I was accepted into the group 2 years ago and then had to apply as an alumni this year to attend the conference again. There are about 700 ADEs in the US, and only 150 were selected to attend this conference. It was an awesome experience to attend!

Ann Smith said...

Great job telling our ADE story during the institute.. your blog is really great.. I am a fan! Hope you are enjoying your vacation!


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