Category AV in Education

Panama City, Florida Schools go High Tech

Bay County School district in Panama City, Florida is going high tech in every classroom!  AVI-SPL has had the great fortune to work in this wonderful community where the educators are committed to providing every child with the opportunity to learn with audio visual technology like SMART Boards through all grade levels.

I had the privilege of working with the TOSA’s, or Teachers on Special Assignment, who will deliver professional development on education technology throughout the district. These teachers dedicated the majority of their summer to learning new AV technologies, and how to embed new strategies into the curriculum. They even traveled to Florida Southern College to attend the week long Summer Institute for Technology Integration sponsored by AVI-SPL.

What a wonderful group of people from our Panhandle. We look forward to continuing to assist their TOSA’s, teachers, administrators and staff as they continue on the journey of transforming the learning experiences for all of their teachers and students.

Watch and listen to a few of the 5th graders in the first fully equipped classroom in Bay County, and how they feel about learning now!!
 

Do a “180” on Classroom Technology – Let the Students Teach You

Student Ownership, A Constructivist Learning Environment,  call it what you like – it’s all about the kids. Students at SMART whiteboard

You create lessons and assessments based on their needs,  you work with their parents, and your total focus is on “what’s best for my kids.”  A strategy that gives students true ownership of the technology you have in your classroom:

• Promotes higher order thinking by allowing students to create own digital lessons
• Fosters a sense of ownership, involvement and confidence
• Provides you with your own classroom “Geek Squad”

Tips for doing a “180” and allowing students to be your Tech Coaches

• Think of that one (or two or three, or more!) students with behavior issues. Assign them specific tasks related to technology maintenance. If you have an interactive whiteboard,  allow them to stand by the board and turn the pages for you. (You know your kids, you’ll know what tasks they can handle.)
• Rotating Tech Squads. Each week, assign 4 or 5 students to be the designated Tech Squad
• Give students the Quick Reference Guides for your particular hardware, such as SMART QR Guides and training. Assign cooperative learning groups to each guide. Have the groups present and demonstrate what they learned. (Now you’ve incorporated non-fiction reading comprehension)
• Have students create their own lessons and quizzes using digital content. Then really use what they made!

With a little creativity and student input, you and your students can work together to embed technology into the curriculum.  The kids are learning more of the content by using the technology, and you’re learning more about your equipment, all at the same time!

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Summer Institute for Technology Integration Week in Review

The Summer Institute for Technology Integration (SiTi), sponsored by AVI-SPL and hosted by Florida Southern College in Lakeland July 11-15, welcomed eighty educators from as far away as Taiwan to this residential-based immersive professional development experience. Teachers spent the week creating engaging lessons using SMART Notebook Software, digital cameras, document cameras, and SMART Response Software.

The motivational Keynote address, led by Dr. Jennifer Brown King, professor and author of TechXtraordinary Integration inspired and prepared the audience to be HOT teachers; that’s right, as Dr. King stated, “You will all be smokin’ HOT teachers by end of the week!” She was referring to Bloom’s Taxonomy, which the SiTi instructors used to move attendees from teaching their students Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) through instructional technology best practices. By the end of the week, there were eighty smokin’ HOT teachers equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement technology effectively in their classrooms!

Sessions were led by eight extraordinary teacher teams (pictured below) from Hillsborough County Schools, who spent not just five days, but the evenings coaching and encouraging their students.

Florida Southern College; AVI-SPL; Summer Institute for Technology Integration; Professional Development for Teachers
L-R: Jenny Simmonds, Ora Tanner, Rachel Motomal, Kelly Derushia, Danny Lott (FSC), Dr. Jennifer Brown King (FSC), Michelle Clinton, Tina Hancock, Lisa Pennington, Lee Collier

Click here to watch an Animoto video of the SiTi week! >>

Florida Southern College staff generously provided beautiful accommodations at Nicholas Hall, with breathtaking views of Lake Hollingsworth. Attendees were also treated to delicious meals and scrumptious desserts in the dining hall and during session breaks. (No dieting that week!)

FSC Tech Buddies, students of Dr. King’s Education Courses, spent the week assisting attendees throughout the day and late into the evening with creating their final Showcase Project which the attendees presented on Friday morning. The closing ceremony on Friday featured Showcase Presentations where a few lucky attendees took home some cool new technology for their classrooms!

The Summer Institute for Technology Integration theme of partnership, friendship, community, education resonated throughout the week as attendees, coaches and tech buddies formed bonds through living and working together that will last long after the event ended.

We are looking forward to a continued partnership with Dr. Jennifer Brown King and Florida Southern College, and to take the Institute “on the road” to replicate in other areas of Florida and beyond!

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Meet Patti Palancia, AVI-SPL’s Education Consultant

Recently, AVI-SPL has had the pleasure of welcoming Patti Palancia to its team as education consultant. Palancia brings considerable experience to this role; prior to joining the company, she worked five years for SMART, the leading provider of interactive whiteboards and related technology solutions for the classroom.Patti Palancia

Palancia’s extensive background in the field of education includes 13 years as a teacher in Ohio and Florida. She’s also been a clinical educator, teaching classroom management skills to students from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida. In the near future, she plans to extend her impressive credentials even further by working toward a master’s degree in instructional design and technology.

During this discussion, Palancia talks about her work here at AVI-SPL and how she helps educators and school administrators add the latest technology to their classrooms to enhance learning objectives.

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