Posts tagged professional development

Register for Free Webinar on Using Your iPad in the Classroom

Join us Thursday, February 21 at 3 p.m. EST for “iPad Connections in the Classroom,” a free webinar presented by AVI-SPL Education Consultant Kelly Derushia. During this 45-minute event, Kelly will show you how to get the most out of your iPad in the classroom. Kelly will discuss the best apps and teach you how to easily connect your iPad to your projector, making it simple to share engaging content with your students.

Register for “iPad Connections in the Classroom.”

 

Email AVI-SPL at professionaldevelopment@avispl.com and let us know if you need help integrating technology  into your classroom.

Summer Time is Learning Time for Teachers

Two Summer Institutes are planned for the Tampa and Detroit areas this year.  Dunedin Highland Middle School located in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, is the host site for our four-day event, July 23rd to 26th. The prestigious Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan is the site for the Summer Institute, held August 23rd and 24th. Hundreds of teachers are expected to gather and work in Professional Learning Communities and create engaging strategies that support higher-order thinking skills for their students. And the cool thing is they will be learning how to use the latest in classroom technology at the same time!

Registration is currently open for both events.  To learn more about the Summer Institutes, select one of these links:

Summer Series Events

This year’s Summer Series event locations have doubled!  There are four areas where you can learn more about integrating technology into your teaching practice during three-hour sessions.  Topics will include:  SMART Notebook Software,  SMART Response software, iPad apps for education and creating digital content for your classroom.  Select the links below to see what you can learn this summer!

AVI-SPL Gears Up for Summer Institute for Technology Integration 2012

AVI-SPL’s national marketing campaign will attract educators to our beautiful coastline in Pinellas County for SiTi (Summer Institute for Technology Integration), encouraging participants to combine learning with a great beach/sightseeing vacation!

We’re excited to announce that Dunedin Highland Middle School of Pinellas County Schools has been chosen as the host site for the 2012 SiTi, July 22 – 26.

As an attendee of our 2012 SiTi, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Increase your confidence teaching with common technology tools
• Create lessons infused with Higher Order Thinking Strategies for immediate use
• Learn the coaching model for technology integration
• Gain valuable technology leadership skills
• Transform into a top-notch TechXtraordinary Teacher!

The series will be led by Dr. Jennifer Brown King, author of TechXtraordinary Integration (TXI) for Pearson Custom Publishing. Through King’s inspirational work, TXI emphasizes how to integrate technology through a unique scaffolding technique called the Technology Integration Plan (TIP), designed to layer course planning and technology tools in a practical and meaningful way to impact both teaching and learning.

The picturesque town of Dunedin, Fla., with waterfront accommodations and a nationally recognized downtown, was chosen to welcome educators to the event. Attendees will have  an opportunity to combine a fun getaway with a unique professional development experience. This is a great opportunity to build a vacation around our 2012 SiTi by exploring Dunedin and all it has to offer: a beautiful downtown voted “most walkable small city,”  Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands, as well as the Pinellas Trail and Trolley, to mention a few. The movie Dolphin Tale, which was filmed in this area, has created a spotlight on North Pinellas County.  AVI-SPL will shine our own spotlight on Pinellas County School District as a national education leader in technology integration.

For More Information

To learn more about this event, please feel free to contact AVI-SPL Education Consultant Patti Palancia by clicking here.

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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Wise up with AVI-SPL’s Latest Education Technology Solutions at FETC 2011

FETC 2011 logoHow do you ensure students are learning in the most interactive and dynamic classroom possible? By integrating functional classroom technology that livens up the lesson plan and effectively train teachers so they’re getting the maximum benefits from their technology. That’s why AVI-SPL is heading to FETC 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., this Feb. 1-3, where they’ll demonstrate professional development courses in addition to illustrating the benefits of incorporating video production into the classroom.

“We want our teachers to learn as much as possible when it comes to technology’s versatility in the classroom, and to use this knowledge to help improve their interactions, as well as student engagement,” says Robert Moss, vice president of education sales, AVI-SPL. “Professional development training is a critical step in the right direction, one that can benefit not only teachers, but their students as well.”

Beginning Tuesday evening Feb. 1, AVI-SPL will host 30-minute Professional Development presentations at booth # 1413 at FETC throughout the 3-day show. For a complete schedule, see below.

AVI-SPL’s training and professional development classes, ranging from 30 minutes to full day courses, are taught by SMART-certified trainers. Training Courses include SMART Notebook Basics, SMART Table Basics and SMART Grade Level Specific Notebook Advanced, among others. Because learning doesn’t stop when class is over, registered participants gain access to an online database library of supporting training materials. They also receive a video of their training session for future reference.

Additionally, AVI-SPL’s booth will host presentations on the benefits of incorporating video production into the classroom. According to research, people tend to retain 70-90 percent of what we see, hear and do, so what better way to get students learning more than with the hands-on experience of producing a video. Led by Sony, the presentations will show how K-12 educators can bring video production into the learning environment whether it’s video book reports, video yearbooks or school TV news programs.

The Integrating Video Production into the Classroom presentations will also begin Tuesday evening on Feb. 1. Refer to the below list for the complete schedule.

In addition, AVI-SPL will be giving away several prizes at the show including:

  • A complete interactive classroom of the future featuring a SMART Board 680 with stand, a slate, response, document camera, Balt® ReFlex™ chairs, Balt presentation cart and a Chief® CoPilot™
  • A Copernicus i-Rover
  • An InFocus Interactive Projector
  • Flip™ Cams

To learn how to be eligible to win, be sure to visit AVI-SPL’s booth (#1413) at the show.

Presentation Schedule

Tuesday, February 1
Show hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
6:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

Wednesday, February 2
Show hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
10:15 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

11:00 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
11:45 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

12:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
1:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

2:00 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
2:45 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

3:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
4:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

Thursday, February 3
Show hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
10:15 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

11:00 a.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
11:45 a.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony

12:30 p.m. Professional Development, AVI-SPL
1:15 p.m. Integrating Video Production into Curriculum and Classroom Activities, Sony