Teachers will want to join us April 25 for AVI-SPL’s free webinar “SMART Software Update Review.” SMART recently released an update for SMART Notebook, SMART Response and SMART Ink. In this webinar, we will review what has been updated, and look at how the change in software activation will impact schools. We will also share more details from new SMART products, including the SMART Table and Document camera.
As Professional Development Curriculum Director for AVI-SPL, Kelly Derushia oversees professional development offerings that help K-12 educators integrate technology within their classrooms. He has over 10 years of teaching experience, and has been recognized in Who’s Who Among American Teachers for five consecutive years. Derushia is a SMART Exemplary Educator and was a facilitator for Dr. Jennifer King’s Summer Technology Institute at Florida Southern College in 2011.
Teachers in K-12 and higher education — this is your opportunity to learn how to create engaging lessons for your students and make it easier to guide instruction in the classroom. Register for full-day or half-day professional development sessions on using SMART education technology. Topics include SMART Notebook collaborative learning software and SMART Response, an interactive system that gets students involved in lessons. AVI-SPL, a trusted integrator of classroom education solutions, presents this Tech Education Fall Series so that teachers can make the most of their technology.
Learning opportunities are available on a weekly basis throughout October and early in November. Courses are led by a SMART Certified Trainer and accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced users of the technology.
This year’s Summer Series events have doubled from last year. At four locations — Tampa, Orlando, Detroit and Lanham, Maryland — you can learn 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.
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:
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!
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.
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
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!