The first session focused on using an iPad as an augmentative or assistive device. The presenter, Elizabeth Furler with Bridging Apps, shared several apps that I had heard of but never knew what they were or what they did. Bridging Apps also has a wonderful tool that lets you search for apps and even browse and create apps lists. Elizabeth's presentation handout can be found here.
The next session was presented by a very dynamic guy named Darren Wilson. He walked us through using Lego products for robotics instruction. I was shocked to realize that I have some of these kits but never knew how they worked! And his progression was very logical - start the kids off easy and work up to more complicated products. Here were the three products he shared:
The Life of George is a low-cost, simple kit that allows the user to build Lego models, scan them with the iDevice app and even share custom-built models online!
For older students, Darren recommended Lego We Do Construction Set. This set, when combined with the software (sold separately), creates a perfect second step in Lego Robotics.
And when your students have mastered the above two, they can move onto Lego Mindstorms!