LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference

LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference October 21st – 5 FREE Tickets for our Readers

LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference

On October 21st Jason Calacanis will host the LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference in the Microsoft Silicon Valley Conference Center in Mountain View. EDUKWEST is happy to announce that we got 5 tickets to the event to give to our readers.

The LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference is about the way tablets, especially the iPad, has changed the user’s lives in the past 17 months. In a recent blog post Calacanis predicted that tablets would become our main consumption device.

The lineup of speakers and presenters at the event reads as a who-is-who of the tablet market

  • Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote
  • Woody Sears, founder of zuuka
  • Jason Baptiste, CEO of OnSwipe
  • Michael Mullany, CEO of Sencha
  • Amit Jardosh, co-founder of Ubersense
  • David Temkin, head of Aol Mobile, Editions
  • Aya Zook, senior product manager, Bing
  • Danfung Dennis, CEO, ConditionOne
  • Michael Nusimow, CEO, Drchrono
  • Osman Rashid, CEO, Kno (watch our EDUKWEST interview)
  • Ryan Stoner, CEO, MoPix
  • Ole Lutjens, chief creative officer, MX
  • Robb Myer, CEO, NoWait
  • Mark Hall, CEO of Remixation, Showyou app
  • Vince Baskerville, co-founder, TripLingo (watch our EDUKWEST interview)
  • Joe Robins, community evangelist, Unity Technologies
  • Mark Johnson, CEO, Zite
In order to receive one of the 5 tickets, you need to
  1. Subscribe to the free EDUKWEST newsletter
  2. Answer the questions “How would you use iPad in an educational context? What products would you build for teachers to use or you think students would like to learn with?” in the comments below this post.
The proposals with the most likes by Friday Oct.14 will each receive one free ticket to the LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference.
We’re keen on reading about your ideas and wish you the best of luck!

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.

  • Ppooler

    I work for a science and technology
    center (museum) in Southern California, with the current budget crunch in
    education we have seen our outreach programs (museum run programs in schools)
    grow. Last year we saw about 200,000 students out at schools compared to
    about 75,000 on field trips to the science center. We want to bring these in
    school programs up to a technology level that we strive for in the museum. I am
    working to bring iPads and projectors to our instructors to use in the
    classroom. By using presentation software and also apps such as Heart Pro we
    can bring the level of our hands on program up. We also, plan to use the
    technology to keep our instructors up to date on programs we are running and
    improve all around communication with out staff.

    An area of potential software development for students would be in the area of
    engineering modeling and simulation. Many of the education apps in the market
    focus on younger (elementary) students. Bringing apps to a high school market
    that involve engineering (planning, budgeting, testing, building, etc…).
    Bringing these concepts into the classroom and helping students become familiar
    with the success and failures of working on a project from start to finish can
    help prepare students for real world experiences.

  • Alice Stefaniak

    If I were to use the iPad for a new education venture, I would love to create a textbook that would be enhanced by instant retrieval of all the best aps available for each subject within that textbook.  For instance, when I would be reading a psychology textbook, I could click on a link to an ap that would illustrate the concept or have a video of the concept or allow the student to do the assignment right with the textbook.  All aps would be operative within the text, not as extras to go through outside the text.  

  • Rafat Alvi

    Hi Kristin:

    We are co-founders of a company called Kakare and building a teacher productivity app called WriteBin.

    Each year, schools and teachers spend a large amount of money on paper alone. Thousands of classwork, homework, quizzes, polls, presentations are all printed. They are then copied, handed out, collected and graded. They make it into students binders but are easily lost or disorganized.

    WriteBin will automate this. We are providing a digital binder and notebook app that will run on tablets and browsers. With WriteBin, teachers can import, create and project all classwork, homework and curricula. They can distribute work, collect, grade and provide timely feedback. Students can also complete their work on the tablet and submit it for grading. Everything is organized, recorded and replay-able on the tablet and in the cloud for review later.

    If this sounds interesting, we would love to hear from you. ( You can drop us a note at “info at kakare dot com or at my email below ).

    Thanks

    Rafat Alvi
    Henry Tominaga

  • Anonymous

    If I were to build an app for teachers to use in the classroom it would involve the linking of ipads so that collaboration in realtime would be enhanced and differentiated. Tools would include the ability for students to share content and responses. The level of activity could be pair share, group share, and zig saw activities that could be moderated by the teacher and projected to the front of the room. A more sophisticated program could modify what the students were seeing for content so that reading level and ability to process information could be considered. If a set of students is reading below grade level then the text would be modified if a higher functioning group of students is looking at content then the readability could made more complex to fit their needs. Each group could access and see different sets of links. The whole class would be seeing the main ideas and primary content but the ipads would help differentiating and meeting the needs of the various reading and processing levels of the students. 

  • Anonymous

    This looks like a very exciting conference!

    As the founder of an education software company, I’ve been working with my team to realize some of our ideas about iPads in the classroom. Here is what we believe about iPad use in education:

    1. iPads engage students of all ages easily because of the touch UX. We know this. So I think there is potential in delivering visualizations and interactive problem-solvers for math education, packaged inside a game-like experience. And, I agree that there’s also a great opportunity in simulating more advanced math and science, so that kids can explore these areas even if they don’t have the physical equipment.

    This is why we built http://www.brainracer.com, a free iPad game for math education. Kids keep coming back to play it, and they solve over 1000 math problems every day in the virtual world we created.

    2. More generally, “personal” devices of all kinds — iPads, iPhones, or even just regular cell phones — give us, as educators, a powerful way to communicate individually with each student, in a rich medium that they feel very comfortable with. So, more than just an “engaging experience” that’s one-way (from student to device) we can give feedback and connect students to teachers for individual communication. In the long term, I see this including adaptive learning systems that deliver individualized problems, feedback, and motivation to students.

    For now, though, these devices already provide a great platform for two-way communication. That’s why we’ve just built and launched http://www.classpager.com, a simple and easy way for teachers to message their students. Each side manages the communication in the easiest way for them — students send and receive text messages, and teachers manage everything from a simple web app.