Workshop: Using Apple’s Freeform App for Collaborative Brainstorming/Note Taking

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Workshop Time:  1:00 PM  (PDT)


Chuck Langston, Apple Distinguished Educator
Director of Technology, Gordon County School District

Moderator: Elba Rios
Senior Instructional Designer, Academic and Instructional Innovation, Samuel Merritt University


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This session will explore the features and capabilities of Apple’s new Freeform app. Participants garner a better understanding of the app’s layout and collaborative features.


This session will explore the features and capabilities of Apple’s new Freeform app. The extensive collaborative space can be used for anything from sketch noting to storyboarding. Best of all it can be used collaboratively from anywhere. Participants will be introduced to best practices for using the app to collaborate both in real time and asynchronously.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Navigate Apple’s Freeform App.
  2. Collaborate within the Freeform App.
  3. Build and expand with your team using a Freeform Board.

Workshop Tags

iPad Basics, Specialty Apps, Organizational Tools

Required Participant Experience

Fundamental Awareness (basic knowledge) 


Demonstration, Interactive Exercise, Discussion, Collaboration, Q&A

Required Devices

iPad, Apple Pencil, iCloud account (logged into iPad); Highly recommended: Apple Pencil

Required pre-installed apps

Apple Freeform (Highly recommend iPad and Apple Freeform are up to date before the workshop. Log into your Apple ID on the iPad. Participate as much or as little as you'd like.

Presenter Biography

Chuck Langston is the Director of Technology for the Gordon County School District in Calhoun, GA. He served as instructional Technology Coordinator as the school district implemented a 1:1 iPad deployment. Mr. Langston provided professional learning relating to the implementation of instructional technology. Before serving in that position, he taught high school math and middle school social studies. In his social studies class, he received one grant that supplied him with a class set of iPads along with a second video production grant that provided professional-grade video and streaming equipment for his students. He transitioned his class to a project-based learning approach that allowed students to express their learning in a myriad of creative outlets. He now shares his expertise with all of the teachers in his district. Mr. Langston is an Apple Teacher, Apple Learning Coach, and Apple Distinguished Educator.