The Iowa 1:1 Institute exists to:
  • Help the Midwest’s 1:1 districts learn from each other about innovative teaching, learning, and administrative practices that are occurring in their districts;
  • Build excitement and ‘buzz’ around 1:1 laptop computing initiatives in the Midwest; and
  • Help others who are interested in 1:1 computing learn more about how to get started and be successful.
The institute is open to anyone interested in 1:1 laptop computing initiatives in P-12 schools, whether they currently are working in such a program or just want to learn more.  
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Wednesday, April 4 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Beowulf and the Spheros

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This session details the unorthodox mashup of Beowulf, the oldest piece of epic poetry in the English language, and Spheros, polycarbonate robotic balls controlled by iPads and smart phones. Witness the trials and errors of an English teacher and technology integrationist as they blend the 9th and 21st centuries and find success.


Sara Friedrichsen (and students Logan Brunsting and Isaac Hoftyzer)

Secondary Math Instructor & Technology Integrationist, Boyden-Hull CSD
This is my 16th year as a math instructor. Throughout my teaching experience, I have taught 8th grade math as well as high school Geometry and Algebra 2. Over the last two years my role changed from a full-time teacher to half-time instructor and half-time technology integrationist... Read More →

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Julie Visscher

English Teacher/Instructional Coach, Boyden-Hull Community School District
A graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and the University of Missouri, I'm a veteran language arts teacher and instructional coach. In addition to a life steeped in education, I'm married with two children and one dachshund; I enjoy reading, traveling, and all manner... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am CDT