Smartphone users will be able to “let their fingers do the walking” at this year’s NJEA Convention with an application designed to run on iPhones, Android-based phones, and Blackberrys. There’s also a web-based version of the application for all other web browser-enabled phones.
Download the app
For iPhone, iPad and Android users – visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play Market on your device to search for "NJEA 2013"
All web-enabled phones, including Blackberry and those listed above – point your mobile browser to: http://m.core-apps.com/njea2013. From there you will be directed to download the proper version of the app for your particular device, or on some phones, bookmark this page for future reference.
Using the app
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can browse workshop offerings, exhibitors on the convention floor, entertainment, meetings, and individual presenters. And you’ll be able to design a schedule for your convention experience to keep you on track with a simple glance at your phone. Updates and alerts will be sent to users via the app. Additional features include a photo gallery, a local places directory, and a built in GPS to guide you around the Convention floor. Note: Session and speaker data will be updated occassionally as changes to the program occur.
Like most smartphone features, the best way to learn how to use the NJEA Convention app is to download it and play. But to get you started, suppose you wanted to explore and schedule a workshop available in the “Instructional Strategies/Best Practices” category presented on Friday.
- Tap “Sessions” on the dashboard
- Tap “Instructional Strategies/Best Practices”
- Tap the arrow next to “Thursday, Nov. 7” to navigate to "Friday, Nov. 8."
- For this example, find and tap “KISS – Keep It Simple and Safe: Classroom Management Made Simple.”
Details about the workshop will appear on your screen including the description and location. If you decide you want to attend the workshop, tap the star in the upper-right-hand corner. You’ll find that the program will now appear under “My Schedule” in the app.
When you arrive in Atlantic City, rather than trying to page through your Convention Program for that workshop, all you’ll need to do is look at your phone and you’ll know exactly where you need to go.
Change your mind? Just tap on the workshop in the schedule and tap the star again to de-select the workshop.
Find a speaker
If you want to make sure not to miss the plenary sessions featuring Dr. Marcia L. Tate and Chris Lehmann, just find their names under “speakers” and tap them and star them.
Keep in mind that scheduling a workshop on your smartphone does not reserve your seat in the workshop. It is still a good idea to arrive early at any workshop.