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The Telegram
  • Herkimer teachers present at Mobile Learning Summit

  • Two Herkimer Central School District teachers presented at the Mobile Learning Summit at Hamilton College on Friday.

    The summit is a daylong event in which administrators, teachers and technology coordinators from all over the state attend presentations to gain insight about incorporating mobile technology into the classroom.

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  • Two Herkimer Central School District teachers presented at the Mobile Learning Summit at Hamilton College on Friday.
    The summit is a daylong event in which administrators, teachers and technology coordinators from all over the state attend presentations to gain insight about incorporating mobile technology into the classroom.
    Attendees had the opportunity to choose from four sessions, which included nine different presentations.
    K-12 art teacher Heather McCutcheon and junior – senior high school special education teacher Susan Hayes-Manning were among those invited to showcase lesson examples and the ways mobile technology can be integrated into the classroom.
    “It’s an honor to be presenting at the mobile summit and we’re hoping to give other teachers ideas that can be adopted into their own curriculum,” said McCutcheon, who presented mobile learning in the special area of art.
    McCutcheon and Hayes-Manning have incorporated their personal iPads into each of their classrooms for a high tech learning experience.
    McCutcheon said she and Hayes-Manning hook up their iPads to projection boards so the students can view the screen. Although the students do not have individual iPads, McCutcheon said she allows her students to control the device one at a time.
    “It’s important for all the kids to try the using the iPad so they can gain the full mobile technology learning experience,” she said.
    McCutcheon added she uses the iPad in every grade she teaches and all her students love to use it. “Just the other day as I was getting it out for my kindergarten class and the kids could barely contain their excitement. They were jumping out of their seats ready to learn on the iPad,” she said.
    Ever since Hayes-Manning implemented the iPad into the classroom she said her students’ level of enthusiasm has risen as well. “The iPad really engages them and it allows them to be a more active participant in the learning experience as a whole,” she said.
    Hayes-Manning, who presented mobile learning through the iPad for special education, said she uses the iPad for all of her special education classes and the applications, or apps, are easy for every student to use, regardless of their grade or learning ability.
    “I have to use a lot of different apps because I work with variety of grade levels and several courses, but all the educational apps I have used will help any student learn better,” she said.
    Most of the apps offered are free, but some have to be purchased.
    “Ninety percent of the apps I use to teach with are free, but some are purchased out of my own pocket,” said Hayes-Manning.
    This is the first year McCutcheon and Hayes-Manning have implemented iPads in the their curriculum.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The students love learning with the iPad and I hope to have a second year teaching with the iPad in the classroom,” said Hayes-Manning.
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