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Wednesday, June 15
 

10:00am

Coding & Robotics in the Classroom
This hands-on, cutting edge coding and robotics workshop is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators who want to incorporate coding in their classrooms and schools, in order to teach abstract ideas, engineering, and critical thinking skills. The participants of this dynamic BYOD event will work on their own devices, tablets or laptops, and they will participate in a number of hands-on STEM activities designed to be applicable to students across all grades.

First, the participants will be introduced to the Blockly language, and they will work with three of the most popular visual coding platforms: Scratch.mit.edu, Tynker.com, and Code.org. The participants will be exposed to an overview of the teacher’s view and student’s view of the platforms, and then they will learn how to create classes, and advance through lessons in each of the three platforms (theory).

During the second part of the workshop (practice), participants will apply the knowledge they acquired during the first part, by using programmable robots that use the Blockly language. The participants will write small programs for machines such as Sphero, Ozobots, Dash & Dot, Sam Labs, Bee-Bot, Lego MindStorms, CanaKit, Kano kit, Makey Makey, Cubelets, and Meccanoid. Then the participants will share these lessons with each other, so that, at the end of the day, each participant will leave with at least 10 lessons, ready to be implemented in the classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Nikolaos Chatzopoulos

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos

Director of Innovation & Educational Technology Co, Plato Academy
Nikolaos Chatzopoulos (Nik) is currently the Director of Innovation and Educational Technology Coordinator at Superior Schools, the management company of Plato Academy Schools in the Tampa Bay Area. He is also the host and organizer of ST4T, an annual EdTech conference in Clearwater... Read More →


Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
High School Second Floor

10:00am

Microsoft MIE Training
Limited Capacity filling up

This Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy is designed for the K-12 classroom educator who wants to learn more about Microsoft’s best tools and resources for classroom learning in a one-day professional learning experience.  Bring your own Windows 8.1 or 10 device to learn how to most effectively use the latest version of Windows, including basic navigation and Windows Apps. Discover Office Mix, Sway, and OneNote, including how digital notebooks can be created and used as a productivity tool for educators and students. This training will also cover how easy it is to use cloud-based tools in Office 365 for education and Skype in the Classroom, including how to take advantage of storage on OneDrive, and how to work collaboratively with others all through the cloud.

By completing the training, you will receive your Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Badge and a completion certificate for your participation.  Attendees will also receive complimentary certification vouchers for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) exams enabling you to continue to advance your own professional development following this training.

The MIE program was designed by teachers and teacher trainers for K-12 educators across all subjects. It increases the knowledge and integration of technology tools to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, enabling teachers and students to get more out of the Microsoft products they love.


Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
Middle School Socrates Classroom

1:30pm

Coding & Robotics in the Classroom
This hands-on, cutting edge coding and robotics workshop is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators who want to incorporate coding in their classrooms and schools, in order to teach abstract ideas, engineering, and critical thinking skills. The participants of this dynamic BYOD event will work on their own devices, tablets or laptops, and they will participate in a number of hands-on STEM activities designed to be applicable to students across all grades.

First, the participants will be introduced to the Blockly language, and they will work with three of the most popular visual coding platforms: Scratch.mit.edu, Tynker.com, and Code.org. The participants will be exposed to an overview of the teacher’s view and student’s view of the platforms, and then they will learn how to create classes, and advance through lessons in each of the three platforms (theory).

During the second part of the workshop (practice), participants will apply the knowledge they acquired during the first part, by using programmable robots that use the Blockly language. The participants will write small programs for machines such as Sphero, Ozobots, Dash & Dot, Sam Labs, Bee-Bot, Lego MindStorms, CanaKit, Kano kit, Makey Makey, Cubelets, and Meccanoid. Then the participants will share these lessons with each other, so that, at the end of the day, each participant will leave with at least 10 lessons, ready to be implemented in the classroom.


Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:30pm - 4:00pm
High School Second Floor

1:30pm

Microsoft MIE Training
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy is designed for the K-12 classroom educator who wants to learn more about Microsoft’s best tools and resources for classroom learning in a one-day professional learning experience.  Bring your own Windows 8.1 or 10 device to learn how to most effectively use the latest version of Windows, including basic navigation and Windows Apps. Discover Office Mix, Sway, and OneNote, including how digital notebooks can be created and used as a productivity tool for educators and students. This training will also cover how easy it is to use cloud-based tools in Office 365 for education and Skype in the Classroom, including how to take advantage of storage on OneDrive, and how to work collaboratively with others all through the cloud.

By completing the training, you will receive your Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Badge and a completion certificate for your participation.  Attendees will also receive complimentary certification vouchers for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) exams enabling you to continue to advance your own professional development following this training.

The MIE program was designed by teachers and teacher trainers for K-12 educators across all subjects. It increases the knowledge and integration of technology tools to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, enabling teachers and students to get more out of the Microsoft products they love.


Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Middle School Socrates Classroom