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Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom
through the Integration of Technology

Teacher Professional Development Registration

February 7, 2014

Join us on Friday, February 7, 2014 for an amazing Professional Development Day focused on the theme of "Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom through the Integration of Technology." Arrive at 11:30 am to make certain you give yourself enough time to register, get your complementary lunch to sit, enjoy, and engage with our special keynote speaker, Marquista Shipman and your fellow colleagues. After lunch concludes you'll proceed to three fascinating break-out sessions. Finally, we will wrap the event up with a coffee/dessert reception where you can discuss some of the new concepts and ideas that you plan to take back into the classroom with you. Don't forget to stick around for the raffle!

Please note that registration is strongly recommended! Skip to registration.


11:30-12:00 Registration
12:00-1:00 Lunch Keynote Speaker: Marquista Shipman
1:10-2:00 Break-out Sessions
2:10-3:00 Break-out Sessions
3:10-4:00 Break-out Sessions
4:00-5:00 Coffee/Dessert reception with raffle

Session Descriptions

Introduction to Edmodo: A Way to Increase Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity
Vanessa Leon, Melissa Gouthro, and Natasha Paunovska, Teachers, Doctors Charter School
Edmodo is a website that provides a safe platform for the 21st century learner to communicate and collaborate with their teachers and classmates, display their critical thinking skills, and demonstrate their creativity. This session will provide an overview of Edmodo and its capabilities and an opportunity to hear success stories of its incorporation in the classroom from fellow educators. Participants will learn how to create classes, upload documents, and use the planner feature, which help keep students organized and knowledgeable about what is happening in class. An introduction to quizzes and apps will also be given before participants discover Edmodo’s capabilities themselves during the hands-on portion of the session. Participants should bring their own devices to get the most of this session.

Google Docs
Dr. Leonid Rabinovich, Training Analyst, E-Learning Design and Development Broward County Public Schools
The term “google” has turned into a verb and become a synonym for “search”, but Google provides so much more. In this module we will look at different Google applications and discover how they can be used in the classroom.

Making the Most of your iPad: Fostering Creativity using Multiple Apps for Project Based Learning
Nancy Crowell, First Grade Teacher, Miami Country Day School
This is an interactive workshop using Google Earth, Draw for iPad, Notes, Photo App, and Strip Designer to create a project using the iPad. Participants will leave with a project of their own and an activity to do right away with your “digital natives.” Many apps used in classrooms today are consumer apps, whereas this workshop focuses on production apps that allow for creativity, personalization, and project based learning models. This activity can be modified for all grade levels.

Hybrid and Distance Learning
Laylah Borchers, Upper School Humanities Teacher, Miami Country Day School
Blended Learning is a course design model that presents the components of hybrid learning (which combines face-to-face with online learning) in a flexible course structure that gives students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online, or doing both. In the Blended Learning model, individualization in learning is both the instructional goal and learning outcome. Students receive tailored instruction and develop conscientious approaches to learning in formats that flexibly meet their passions, learning styles, scheduling needs.)

So You Want to Go to Graduate School
Betsy Thomas, Director of Recruitment and Retention, Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education
Barry University’s graduate programs can broaden your teaching and leadership expertise and career opportunities. Our masters, specialists, and doctoral programs are designed for the working professional. In this session, attendees will be able to learn about Barry’s graduate programs in education, its tuition discounts for educators, simple admissions process, and financial aid opportunities.

Fred Racki, Middle School Math Teacher, The Cushman School
GeoGebra for Middle and High School Students
GeoGebra is a free, open source mathematics software program that joins geometry, algebra, and calculus. This presentation will be an introduction to the use of GeoGebra in teaching and learning math. We will focus on GeoGebra basics and how to integrate it in teaching mathematics. There will be sample lessons on the use of GeoGebra in teaching middle and high school math, as well as hands-on demonstration of the use of the basic tools of GeoGebra (geometric construction, algebraic input, graphing). For elementary school teachers, there is a simpler version of GeoGebra called GeoGebraPrim geared toward primary age students. While our focus will be on GeoGebra for middle and high school students, primary grade teachers will find that much of the basic background applies to the primary version.

Storytelling and Beyond
Astrid Hedge, Lisa Herbert, Teachers, The Cushman School
Storytelling, one of the most ancient forms of communication gets a new twist through technology. Easily integrate STEAM into your classroom through literature. Come, explore and create digital storytelling through fun interactive activities. Learn simple and easy steps to create a more vibrant classroom. K-3

Additional Information

For additional information, contact Gary Culbertson, Dean of Faculty/Director of Human Resources at Miami Country Day School at  culbertsong@miamicountryday.org.

2014 CLP Professional Development Day Registration
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