Summer Symposiums: Day 2

Technology and Innovation in the Classroom
Summer Symposiums: Day 2
Thursday, June 21, 2018


This collaborative workshop will provide resources and tools for innovative technology integration and best practices for implementation in the classroom. Learn how to engage and inspire students in an active, technology-enhanced learning environment.
Who should attend?
Division Heads • Department Chairs • Academic Deans • Curriculum Coordinators • Technology Directors •
Lower and Middle School Teachers

• STEAM program models, lesson guides, and resources
• Rubrics, supply lists, process steps, feedback forms, and creative thinking tips for a design thinking curriculum
• Lesson plan ideas for using SCRATCH programming
• Best apps to engage students in the classroom

Who should attend?
Division Heads • Department Chairs • Academic Deans • Curriculum Coordinators • Technology Directors •
Middle and Upper School Teachers

• Sample curriculum guide and implementation tools to design core technology classes
• A grant opportunity for students to invent technological solutions to real-world problems
• Top ten digital storytelling tools

Participants earn 5 hours of in-service credit.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, FL 33618

Registration Cost: $179 (Members) | $239 (Non-Members)

* Fee includes lunch.

Bring your team and share a collaborative professional development experience!
Bundled Cost for Both Workshops:
$375 (Members) | $495 (Non-Members)
* Fee includes lunch both days.
Please note: The bundled option is available to one registrant only and cannot be divided between two registrants.

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018
Payment must be made prior to the workshop.

Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to There is a $50 per person processing fee through June 1, 2018, with no refunds after this date.

Schedule, Sessions, and Presenters

9:00AM | Grand Room | WELCOME

9:15-10:30AM | Choose one of two sessions:

STEAM: Design and implement an innovative program for your classroom
Presenters: Delia Zepeda, Science Teacher; Robbin Simons, STEAM Coach; Katherine Mohr, Primary Science Teacher, St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School

Learn how to develop your own hands-on STEAM program that will fuel your students’ passion for learning. At this session, you will see examples of scheduling and logistics of implementing STEAM in your classroom; participate in hands-on collaborative planning; hear real-world classroom challenges and successes; leave with program models, lesson guides and STEAM resources; win a complimentary registration fee to October 24-25, 2019 conference.

Target audience: LS and MS


Transforming Technology Curriculum: Staying Ahead of the Curve
Jill Robert, Math, Science, & Technology Department Chair; Andrew Malcolm, Teacher; and Pascal Robert, Teacher, Miami Country Day School

"The Future is in Technology!" But how do we prepare our students for a future full of technologies that have yet to be imagined? Join us as we present strategies to design a forward-looking technology curriculum grounded in developing critical skills in digital life, media literacy, and computer science. From conducting a technology program evaluation to identifying key factors in technology use and creation, learn how to reimagine core technology curricula to offer students expanded learning opportunities and the skills to successfully navigate the future of technology. You will leave this session with a sample curriculum guide and implementation tools to begin the journey of transforming your school's technology classes today.
Target audience: MS and US

10:30-11:45AM | Choose one of two sessions:

Elementary Entrepreneurs: Bringing a Design-Thinking Curriculum to the Lower School
Presenters: Jaclyn Schmitt, Fifth-Grade Teacher, and Tamarah Gal Henderson, Lower Division Technology/MakerSpace Coordinator, Berkeley Preparatory School

How do we teach creativity, risk-taking, grit and determination? With help from a complete curricular unit addressing design-process, brainstorming and creativity, prototyping, cost and pricing analysis, advertisements and business pitches. Fourth and fifth grade entrepreneurs take original products to “market” and organize a mini-factory with assembly line production, packaging and customer service. Rubrics, supply lists, process steps, feedback forms and creative thinking tips included. We will cover new ISTE student standards and NGSS-Engineering Design 3-5.
Target audience: LS and MS


Building Borderless Classrooms:
Tools for Creating Collaborative Learning Communities

Presenter: Lindsey Maxwell, Instructor of History; Daniel Quiros, Instructor of American Government and Economics; and Anna Merrill-Arango, Instructor of Psychology, Gulliver Preparatory School

Effective collaboration is one of the key skills that students must learn for future academic and professional endeavors. Communication, problem solving, and teamwork across subjects, grade, and skill levels can nonetheless be intimidating. This panel of three educators from the fields of history, psychology, and economics will discuss methods for creating rich learning communities. Utilizing both new and established digital tools, this panel will present project examples that demonstrate the benefits of such open collaboration.

11:45AM-12:30PM | LUNCH

12:30-1:45PM | Choose one of two sessions:

Coding Computer Games for a Different Type of Project
Presenter: Dr. Joanne Barrett, Middle School Instructional Technologist, The Out-of-Door Academy

Learn how to use Scratch programming environment to create games, simulations and animations. Scratch can be used locally or online. Students like the opportunity to be creative and enhance their computational and critical thinking skills while they learn how to program. Best of all, they have fun playing their games and practicing their content. This session will share basics about learning Scratch as well as lesson plan ideas for many disciplines and grade levels. *Please note: Attendees will get the most out of this session if they bring a laptop for active participation.*
Target audience: LS and MS


Secrets to Success: Collaborative Technological Student Projects that Work
Presenter: Karlheinz Haas, AP Math and Science Instructor, The Pine School

One FCIS school (out of only fifteen schools nationwide) received a grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program in 2016. Their InvenTeamTM has been busy building a prototype audio/video system to enhance water-monitoring devices deployed throughout the Indian River Lagoon. Last June, the team attended EurekaFest at MIT to showcase the device, which has since been redeployed in the IRL. In this session, they will share ideas about how your school can bring this exciting L-MIT Program to your students and receive up to $10,000 to invent solutions to real-world problems.
Target audience: MS and US

1:45-3:00PM | Choose one of two sessions:

Apps that really work!
Presenter: Amanda Pierman, US Science Teacher, The Benjamin School

Technology is great... when it works! Sifting through the plethora of educational apps is arduous and time consuming. I’ve done it for you! Learn about a number of tried and tested apps that save you time and money, and that actively engage your students, making your lessons both memorable and meaningful. Embrace technology without it overpowering you or detracting from the curriculum.
Target audience: LS and MS


Top Ten FREE Digital Storytelling Tools for Personalized Learning
Presenter: Jason Shaffer, High School Personal Branding and Digital Communication Teacher, North Broward Preparatory School

The most effective way to prepare students for the future is to make their learning personalized, relevant and goal oriented. Digital storytelling allows students to document their learning and share their experiences by combining social media, podcasting, video editing, comic creation, website design and so much more. I look forward to providing my top ten FREE tools so that your students can begin to document their journeys and share their stories in a creative, meaningful and personal way.
Target audience: MS and US


Hotel Information

Hotel Reservations: Below are hotel recommendations in the area. To make reservations, please contact the hotel directly. There is no FCIS group rate.

La Quinta Inn & Suites
3701 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33612
To make reservations, call 813-910-7500.
Embassy Suites
3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33612
To make reservations, call 813-977-7066.

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