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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Julie Graber

Prairie Lakes AEA
Instructional Technology Specialist
Pocahontas, IA
Julie Graber is an instructional technology consultant on a technology innovation team for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency where she supports educators with effective teaching, learning, leading, and technology practices. She is a passionate educator who is most interested in seeing teachers and administrators improve authentic learning opportunities for students. Her many areas of expertise include deeper thinking with technology, authentic learning, curriculum design, and performance tasks and assessments. She spent thirteen years as a technology coordinator and business and computer
teacher. Julie is an Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) coach and has coached elementary, middle, and high school teams of teachers on how to use the framework in order to increase the level of intellectual demand as well as the authenticity of the work that students are asked to do.  She was one of four Iowa coaches to first be trained in AIW beginning in 2007.  Julie is certified in the Instructional Practices Inventory and provides training for Defined Learning, a K–12 curriculum resource with engaging project-based lessons that are based on real-world scenarios. Jay McTighe, author and speaker, asked Julie to join his consulting group, McTighe and Associates, to conduct workshops for educators using the Understanding by Design curriculum framework. Julie is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts discussion protocol which has been used in a book that she recently co-authored called Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning. She is a regular local, state, and national presenter focusing on authentic work and student-centered, personalized and project-based learning.