Workshops at Member Schools


Focusing on the Finnish Line: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

For than 80 years, Pine Crest School has pioneered learning experiences that focus on creativity and innovation. The future of education is being driven by advanced technology and limitless access to information. According to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, "One-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren't common today." How can the classroom become a place where today's learners become the citizens and leaders of tomorrow? By attending the Innovation Institute at Pine Crest School, participants will learn strategies that will support students to address global challenges.

In order to facilitate inspiration, reflection, growth, and dynamic discussion at the Innovation Institute, participants are strongly encouraged to attend in teams. Individual participants are also welcome.

Dates: April 15, 16, and 17, 2018
Location: Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton Campuses
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Pre-Conference and Google Summit: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Pine Crest School Boca Raton Campus
Registration: 8:30 a.m. in Bernstein Commons Room
Lunch: Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Pre-Conference: Using Student-Friendly Microprocessors in Classrooms and Makerspaces
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Cost: $175.00 (lunch included)

It used to take an electrical or computer engineer to build a "smart" device where sensors, lights, and motors can all be controlled with code. Over the past few years, Arduino-based microprocessors have made it realistic for Lower, Middle, and High School students to add interactive electronics to their projects. Join us for a pre-conference workshop all about microprocessors. We will learn coding, wiring, soldering, and best practices for mixing these devices into your students' projects while creating some amazing inventions of your own to bring back to school with you.

We will focus our instruction on two easy to use devices - the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and the BBC Microbit board. Both of them have different strengths and uses, and both are great platforms to use with your students. You will take projects home with these boards built into them, and leave with resources and experiences designed to allow you to put your learning into action in school. Each attendee will receive a Circuit Playground Express and a Microbit to take home!

Google Summit
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $200.00 (lunch included)

We invite you to attend Pine Crest School's Google Summit, an exploration of the G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education). During the Summit attendees will how the teachers at Pine Crest integrate this technology into core curriculum. The format of this technology showcase will feature a deep dive into the G Suite apps for beginners, intermediate, and advanced educators as well as how Pine Crest educators create innovative project-based learning units using Google tools. Attendees can personalize their learning experiences by attending sessions on virtual reality with Google Expeditions, learn how assistive technologies such as Read&Write for Google Chrome maximize learning for all students, and go beyond the basics of the G Suite tools to develop cutting edge lessons for 21st century learners.

Main Conference: Monday, April 16, 2018 and Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Cost: $450 for both days (Monday and Tuesday), including continental breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday and Monday evening dinner

The event will feature art, short student films, interactive activities, great food, a flash mob, and the breaking of a Guinness World record.

Poet Georgia Heard, educator and literacy specialist Cornelius Minor, professor of Social Justice and spoken word artist, Dr.Jamila Lyiscott, YA author, Nora Raleigh Baskin, and founder of Live Like Jake,. Keri Morrison, are just a few of our "grown up" speakers.

This event can serve as valuable professional development for teachers as many of our adult speakers are educators and educational consultants. Our event will help you consider how you might grow your own TEDx event!

There is a special rate and a curricular package for schools who wish to bring groups of students and teachers.

• $5/student without lunch
• $7/student with lunch
• a free, all-inclusive teacher ticket for every ten students

For more information and to register online, click here.

Please contact Tina James at or 561-818-1923 for any questions.

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