iPadpalooza Is A Three Day EdTech Festival For Mobile Centric Technology
iPadpalooza is a traveling edtech festival for mobile centric technology. While it take the name from the iPad that we all know and love, all mobile device technology teachers, administrators, technology directors and enthusiasts are welcome. Unlike a traditional conference, most of the sessions are fully immersive. Take the biggest “playgrounds” out of conferences like FETC, TCEA and ISTE and you get iPadpalooza. Not only that, but they add exciting events outside of the main event. In Austin this week, one of the evening events is a poetry slam featuring Reloop DJ, DJ Kulo.
The three day festival features 30 great familiar speakers, most from the edtech world. Jason Silwa the host of National Geographic’s #1 rated and Emmy nominated series Brain Games is the keynote speaker. The Atlantic calls Silwa “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”
Matt Miller, the textbook industries Enemy #1, will also be speaking. The author of “Ditch That Textbook” a book about revolutionizing the classroom with innovative teaching, mindstets and curriculum. He also pens the blog ditchthattextbook.com
Also one of our personal favorite edtech bloggers, one we recently discovered, Tara Martin will be speaking about Booksnaps, an innovative way to incorporate Snapchat in the classroom through book story discussions on the platform. Here blog talks about how to incorporate the technology and things that kids are really using and talking about today, in the classroom. (You can also see Tara on the Ignite stage at ISTE).
iPadpalooza starts off Monday with Pre-Palooza learnshops and the iLead Academy. The official festival gets started Tuesday morning with a “mini keynotathon” featuring: Brett Salakas, Julie Willcott, Holly Moore, Derrick Brown, Briana Hodges, Steve Dembo, Matt Miller, Antonio Manriquez, Carolyn Foote, Chris Coleman and DJ Greg Kuloweic (we told you this festival was different).
Another big part of iPadPalooza is the Youth Film Festival. For this film festival students were commissioned with making short films, using, you guessed it, an iPad. The finalist videos will be presented at the world famous Alamo Draft House on Tuesday evening.