Maine educators expand learning technology skills this week

Connecting the dots, online and blended learning, digital content using widgets, iTunes U Course, digital storytelling, GarageBand, and much more are buzz phrases educators will be hearing about this week at the Maine Department of Education’s MLTI 2015 Summer Institute at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Tuesday the 21st through Thursday the 23rd.

The MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative) Summer Institute is a three-day, multi-strand event that will highlight, enhance and advance the use of technology for teaching and learning. Educators from as far away as Dirigo High School, Cornville Regional Charter School, East Grand School, Spruce Mountain High School, Buckfield Jr.-Sr. High School, Calais Elementary, and nearby, will gather to discuss their experience, learn from each other and be ready to further the use of technology in classrooms throughout the state. Among the vast opportunities, educators will:

  • Explore, create, and share lessons designed to increase access and engagement with Maine Learning Mathematics Standards and Practices for middle and high school students
  • Create an infographic, gather and visualize data, build learning workflows, film and edit a movie, and design an iBook
  • Fill their Multi-Touch Book with digital content using widgets, 3D models, audio clips, graphics, movies and more. Manage content distribution with their very own iTunes U Course
  • Use a hands-on classroom model to teach STEM/Maine learning concepts
  • Build robots, computer games and 3D models in the classroom
  • Use 3D printers, Lego robotics; Scratch and Sketchup to create, design, prototype, destroy and rebuild

Presenters include representatives from Maine DOE, RSU 19, Apple, Education Development Center, and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

Keynotes of the conference include Chris Lehman from Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, 2013 Outstanding Leader of the Year, ISTE; and Erin Knight from Cities of Learning and Badge Alliance and the  Founder of Maine State of Learning.

For more information, click here. Media is welcome to attend by contacting the Department’s MLTI Director mike.muir@maine.gov, or anne.gabbianelli@maine.gov, Maine DOE’s Director of Communications.