Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp

Join me, Richard Byrne, this summer in Portland, Maine’s Old Port district for two days of hands-on learning at the fourth annual Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. This year’s events are being held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay. There are two events this year.

Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp – July 20-21, 2017

Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp – July 27-28, 2017

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The Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp

Held on July 27th and 28th is for people who work in schools that have BYOD programs and 1:1 laptop programs (Mac or Windows), iPads, Android tablets, Windows tablets, or who have shared computers in a classroom or lab setting. Click here to register or read on for more information. Registration is limited to 25 people. Group discounts are available to school districts sending five or more people.

The Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp

Held on July 18-19 is for people who work in schools that have 1:1 Chromebook programs or are interested in learning more about Chromebooks in education. This two day event is very similar to the BYOD event but is tailored to address the unique aspects of teaching with Chromebooks. As you might expect, there will be quite a bit of attention given to using Google Apps in the classroom. Click here to register or read on for more information. Group discounts are available to school districts sending five or more people.

More About the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps

The Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp is a hands-on exploration of how to use free technology tools in your classroom. This two day workshop is based on my framework for using technology to help students discover new information, discuss their ideas, and demonstrate their knowledge. Registration is limited to 25 participants to ensure that every participant gets the attention he or she deserves.

Highlights of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp

  • Practical ideas for using technology in your classroom.
  • A small, collaborative, hands-on learning environment. Bring your laptop because you’ll be doing, not listening.
  • Sixteen+ hours of learning in a relaxed and picturesque setting.
  • Develop a repertoire of new tools and tactics to effectively integrate technology into your lessons.
  • Click here for a general outline of the two days.
Explore educational technology and the coast of Maine!

This year’s Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps are being held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in downtown Portland, Maine. Healthy breakfasts and hearty lunches will fuel your brain for learning and are included in your registration. And when we’re done for the day you can walk to dozens of restaurants along the Old Port’s cobblestone streets, walk to the ocean, or even hop a boat and take a sunset cruise to see the islands in Casco Bay. Beaches are just a few minutes drive from the hotel.

What you will learn.
The two day workshops are based on my framework of Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration. The first day is focused helping students use technology to discover and discuss. Day two is focused on demonstrating knowledge by creating new digital content including podcasts, videos, and other multimedia productions. Abbreviated outlines of each day are posted below.

Day One:

  • Teaching students how to search effectively.
  • Going beyond Google.
  • Collaborative research.
  • The role of social networks in education.
  • Backchannels and informal assessment tools.
  • Collaborative writing and publishing with Google Drive and other collaborative tools.
  • Building blogs and websites.

Day Two:

  • Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use
  • Teaching digital citizenship.
  • Podcasting and audio editing.
  • Video production with free web tools
  • Creating multimedia ebooks.
  • Maps as stories.
  • Sharing your work.

Who should come to the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp?
K-12 teachers and curriculum directors who want to discover the best tools and strategies for teaching with technology in the new school year. You do not have to have any prior technology skills in order to learn a lot during the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps. Just bring your laptop and you’re ready to go. If you are a more experienced user of educational technology, there will be plenty of new tools and ideas for you too. Here’s what some people have said about my previous workshops:

  • FYI…I learned several things tonight. Really looking forward to this series. When I go to teacher led classes at conferences I usually know more than they do. Tonight was not that way 🙂
  • @rmbyrne Thank you, Richard – truly inspiring – lots of fantastic information and tips! Can’t wait to explore some more! Have a great day!
  • Great presentation from @rmbyrne New ideas to apply augmented reality w students with Autism & independence.
  • Thanks to @rmbyrne, I know how to make a choose your own adventure story using Google Forms. #edchat #edtech
  • And just to give you a little sense of my personality, here’s a Tweet from one of my former students. It’s always a fun history class when you’re trying to roll your tongue with your teacher. #swag @rmbyrne

  • Early registration (available until May 1st) is $447/person (early registration price only valid for registrations completed and paid online through Eventbrite).
  • Standard registration (available until the day of the event) is $497/person.
  • Important information about purchase orders! 
    • If you would like to register with a purchase order from your school, please contact Richard Byrne at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com. Registration is not guaranteed until payment or guaranteed purchase order has been submitted.
  • Your registration includes breakfast and lunch both days. You are responsible for making your own room reservations at Holiday Inn By the Bay (phone 1-800-345-5050). Mention “Practical Ed Tech” or “Free Technology for Teachers”when you call to get special room rates. A block of discounted rooms is being held until June 11th. That rate is lower than what you will likely find at other hotels in the Old Port district.
    • What’s included in registration?
      • Breakfast, snacks, and lunches are included for both days. 
    • Hotel accommodations and dinners are not included in registration. 
      • Mention “Practical Ed Tech” when making reservations  at Holiday Inn By the Bay to receive discounted rates.
    • Do I need to bring my laptop/ iPad/ Chromebook? 
      • Yes, you must bring your own laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or Android tablet. Better yet, bring them all 🙂
    • Do I need to rent a car?
      • The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is only a 10-15 minute cab ride from the hotel so you do not need to rent a car unless you want to drive up or down the coast from the hotel.  
    • Which airlines fly to Portland, Maine? 
      • The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is serviced by Delta, United, Jetblue, Southwest, and American Airways.
    • Will I see a lighthouse? 
      • The chances are very good that you will see one. There are a couple within 10-15 minutes drive of the hotel. You might even see one as you fly into PWM depending on your flight path.
    • Will I see a moose in Maine?
      • While moose do occasionally wander into Portland and southern Maine they don’t regularly appear. 
    • Where can I get a good lobster dinner?
      • There are lots of places to eat lobster within walking distance of the hotel. If you want to eat on the water check out the Porthole.

Registration form for Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp

Registration form for Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp

Refund policy
  • 100% refunds (less transaction fees) will be given until May 1st.
  • 50% refunds (less transactions fees) will be given until June 10th. 
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations received after June 10th.
  • You can transfer your registration to another person at anytime up until July 8th.