Breakout Session

Montclair State’s iBook/iBooks Author Pilot Project: From the Hyped to Hyperventilating and Everything In Between

Track: Managing Mobility

Thursday, November 29th, 10:30am-11:30am

When Apple announced iBook Author, the text book arrangements with publishers for iBooks, and the changes to iTunes U, Gregg Festa from the ADP Center and AJ Kelton from the CHSS Emerging & Instructional Technology Lab, both at MSU, decided that a simple test pilot would be useful.  Faculty members were identified and asked to review some text books, which were paid for, and test out the iBook Author tool.  The only requirement was that they needed to produce some sort of tangible product at the end of the semester.  The faculty members involved who will be featured during the session are Jerry Fails (Computer Science), Ting Ho (Music), and Gina Miele (Italian) and Laura Nicosia (English/Teacher Education).  This session will briefly detail the pilot project and each faculty member will provide a brief presentation live or via video on their observations and outcomes.


Gregg Festa
Director – Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies
Montclair State University

Bio / Expertise

Gregg Festa is a veteran K-12 teacher, school technology specialist and instructional media designer who founded and now directs The ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies at Montclair State University. Gregg has presented and published widely on a variety of issues related to teaching, learning and technology and has recently been quoted in several publications including Edutopia, where Montclair State University’s Teacher Education Program was rated one of the ten best in the nation, in part, for it’s innovative use of technology to support the simultaneous renewal of practicing teachers, teacher educators and teacher education students. Gregg, the 2007 NJ Technologist of the Year, is nationally recognized for his work in designing “Classrooms for the Future”, creating and coordinating the Verizon funded Digital Backpacks program for K-12 educators and founding the federally supported Silk City Media Workshop, a pioneering after-school program that engages inner city kids in the process of using digital media as a tool to express themselves and share their work globally.




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