Innovation Institute | Going Global

    April 24-26, 2022 / Virtual Educator Conference

    Going Global

    The theme for the virtual conference is Going Global: Integrating Innovation, Technology, and Social Entrepreneurship to Improve our World.

    The Eighth Annual Innovation Institute is scheduled for April 24, 25, and 26, 2022.

    This year, the Institute will offer a variety of teacher-as-student, online, hands-on workshops geared toward educators at all levels. During the workshops, attendees will explore ways to make global connections and integrate social entrepreneurship through hands-on learning linked to project-based learning activities and technology integration.

    Learn, Network, Share

    The Innovation Institute is a boutique conference for educators, school administrators, STEM specialists, librarians, and other academic professionals who hope to gain valuable insight into the future of education to transform the student learning experience. 

    The Innovation Institute is designed to inspire and teach academics through the use of hands-on workshops, inspire sessions, and real-life application of concepts that can be applied in the classroom.

    Eydie White || Innovation Institute Experience

    April 24, 2022 Day 1

    8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
    Virtual Welcome
    9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
    Opening Keynote: From Good to Great: Pushing the Boundaries

    Outstanding academic programs are rarely achieved by accident. Moving your STEAM courses into a new globalization age requires educators to keep their focus forward and look for ways to push the boundaries. Kelly Schuster-Paredes and Sean Tibor continuously integrate best practices from the academic, business, and technology realm to support the preparation of the Middle School computer science students to prepare for an ever-changing workforce and more technological disruption in the future. As hosts of the Teaching Python podcast, Kelly and Sean have interviewed experts worldwide and will bring the best of their discoveries to you. Whether your next goal is creating a culture of high expectations, envisioning the future of schools, defining what students are really learning, or ensuring that students can learn regardless of location, Kelly and Sean will have practical, tangible advice that attendees can use to take their courses from good to great.

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    Kelly Paredes
    Computer Science Teacher and Co-host of Teaching Python
    Sean Tibor
    Sean Tibor
    Co-host, Teaching Python
    10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
    Heritage Pattern Lanterns

    This hands-on session allows participants to create a lantern honoring diversity and cultural awareness. Participants will design and build a lantern highlighting a pattern significant to their ancestral background. Attendees will leave the session with a 3 Dimensional, cross-curricular project, integrating math, geography, and maker skills as well as scalable options applicable to grades 3-12.

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    Amanda Dvorak
    Computer Science & Technology Specialist
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    Vicki Spitalnick
    Innovation Specialist
    10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
    Using Tinkercad to Make a Thing That Can Hold a Thing

    During this session, attendees will learn to use Tinkercad to design anything imaginable! It’s a free, easy-to-use web app that equips the next generation of designers and engineers with the foundational skills for innovation and 3D design. Participants will get the chance to solve a real-world problem by designing an object that can hold or support another object.

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    Rob Bell
    Innovation Specialist
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    Braden Perry
    Innovation Specialist
    10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
    Physical Computing with Makey Makey

    Why is Physical Computing an important skill in teaching Scratch code? During this session, attendees can test how a Makey Makey works with student-created code.  Samples will include black-out poetry (with conductive pencil lead,) Play Dough, and posters done with circuitry tape.  Attendees will leave with the feeling that there are “doable” creative code projects available at the beginner level.  Participants will discuss learning goals for physical computing at the elementary level and be able to leave with some fantastic takeaways such as rubrics and poster visuals.

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    Debra Jacoby
    Lower School Computer Science/Educational Technology
    Yamara Higgins
    Computer Science & Technology Specialist
    11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
    Lunch
    11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Knitting with LEDs

    During this session, participants will bring light and color to our world by making a colorful LED blob creature that can be coded. LED lights are energy efficient. In this session, attendees will use RGB fairy lights that can be bent into any shape that you like, including knitted patterns. No knitting needles required, though googly eyes are a must! This session will focus on knitting the blob creature. To learn how to code the LEDs, join the session titled, Coding with Rainbows.

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    Kelly Paredes
    Computer Science Teacher and Co-host of Teaching Python
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    Sean Tibor
    Co-host, Teaching Python
    11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Stop Motion Animation

    This session will utilize traditional animation techniques in new ways to make science and math come to life through claymation! The presenters will show how a seed can grow into a forest, how electricity runs through wires, the effects of climate change on our shorelines and more - all easily animated for the best visual impact.  In this hands-on session, participants will use plasticine (a type of non-drying plastic clay) to create simple characters and shapes. 

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    Patricia Knight
    Innovation Specialist and Digital Arts Teacher
    James Dycus
    Innovation Specialist
    11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Student Scientists: Data Collection with Micro:bits

    Environmental science comes alive when students collect real-time data, graph and analyze that data, and share it with each other.  Using the equipment sent in their Institute project boxes, participants will learn how to collect temperature, sound, light, and motion data from a micro:bit using any spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets).  Attendees will move through the steps used in a lesson and experiments conducted with elementary and middle school students.  This session is for all levels and could be used in upper school level courses as well.

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    Eydie White
    Computer Science & Ed Tech Specialist
    Kris Swanson
    Innovation Specialist
    1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
    Coding with Rainbows

    One of the most engaging ways to learn programming is with physical hardware. In this session, the presenters will pair RGB LED lights (as used in the knitting with LEDs session) with microcontrollers that can be programmed in Makecode, Python, or Arduino to make beautiful lights and colors. Included will be tips for how to teach RGB color theory and activate student learning with RAINBOWS! This activity can be creatively connected to solving various global problems.

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    Kelly Paredes
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    Sean Tibor
    1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
    Problem-Solving for Global Cities Design Thinking Challenge for the Future

    During this session, participants will take a deep dive into the process of design thinking and data collection as the presenters of this session lead you through the problem-solving process when designing for a city. This project-based activity will require empathy, research, physical constructing, and analyzing as we critically think about the problems facing our world today and how we can make a difference. This project can be modified for all ages in the classroom.

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    Jordanna Court
    Computer Science & Technology Specialist
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    Pedro Uribe
    Computer Science & Technology Specialist
    1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
    The "Nature" of your Classroom

    Integrating nature into everyday lessons enhances the educational experience and promotes a greater connection to the outdoor world. During this session, attendees will explore creative ways to bring nature into the classroom and promote active learning utilizing outdoor learning environments. Attendees will create dirt batteries, examine tree rings, explore nature with our school’s Anatomage table, and more! Join us as we investigate the world around us while engaging in hands-on activities and rich discussions connected to interdisciplinary learning across multiple grade levels.

    Caitlin Cowan
    Middle School Science Teacher
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    Traci Phillips
    Lower School Science Teacher

    April 25, 2022 Day 2

    4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
    Digital Media Production

    Harness the power of technology through video production. During this discussion panel, presenters will showcase the process for developing digital media content for a school’s television program. During the session, attendees will learn the ins and outs of developing a TV production show at your school. The presenters will share how teachers and students can create educational newscasts.

    4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
    Plastique: C’est Chic!

    Recycled materials are the latest trend in the fashion industry. During this session, the presenters will challenge the attendees to re-think the purpose of plastics in their lives and design haute couture pieces and accessories utilizing fused plastics. Attendees will  learn French vocabulary for clothing and recycling while developing their designing and sewing skills to create wearable pieces. Example projects from grades 2, 7, and Upper School will be shared during the presentation.

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    Bethany Pedraza
    Innovation Specialist
    Sarai Gutierrez-Rodriguez
    Middle School Spanish and French Teacher
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    Brooke Miller
    Innovation Specialist

    April 26, 2022 Day 3

    4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
    Closing Keynote The Business Benefits of Doing Good: Innovative Solutions to Society’s Most Pressing Problems Through Social Entrepreneurship

    The theory and practice of social entrepreneurship in the field of education is still emerging as an area of academic inquiry. Social entrepreneurship differs from traditional entrepreneurship in its focus on working within complex social and environmental systems in addition to economic systems. Social entrepreneurs possess an enterprising spirit with a unique skill set that embodies empathy, decentralized leadership, human-centered design thinking, collaboration, and courage in order to generate and deliver solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Simply put, doing good creates better business.

    Keri Kolettis, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, brings theory into practice by inspiring students to capture the synergy of opportunity, people, and conscious capitalism. During this session, students enrolled in the 3-Year Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program will share their mission to create and sustain value by identifying social problems in their communities, iterating and designing solutions, and building business plans to launch their own entrepreneurial ventures. After pitching their social impact-driven ventures, the students will share the feedback and funding they have received from international venture capitalists. Pine Crest’s Social Entrepreneurship Fellows recognize and relentlessly pursue new opportunities, experiences, social innovations, and business plans. 

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    Keri Kolettis
     

    Speakers

    Kelly Paredes
    Computer Science Teacher and Co-host of Teaching Python
    Pine Crest School
    Kelly Schuster-Paredes is a mom, world traveler, and netizen. Kelly has a Master's in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology. She has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design, coaching, and development. She got started with integrating technology in the classroom in 2003 and dabbled with app design in File Maker and HTML. She currently teaches sixth and seventh grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 
    Sean Tibor
    Co-host of Teaching Python
    Sean is a dad, coder, teacher, geek, marketer, salmon enthusiast, Star Wars fan, and 3D-printing nut living in Florida. Prior to teaching, he worked in IT and marketing for Procter & Gamble, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global), and Diagnostic Centers of America. Sean is the founder of Red Reef Digital, a digital marketing consulting firm. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
    Keri Kolettis
    Department Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Pine Crest School

    Keri Kolettis, Department Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, brings industry experience and enthusiasm to the classroom. In the field of innovation and technology, Keri has partnered with organizations such as Verizon, MIT, NFL, and Duke University to develop novel apps and solutions to industry-specific challenges. Mentoring and facilitating student teams is critical to entrepreneurship education. She has supported numerous student start-ups and has mentored several patent-pending innovations with a focus on product, service, new market, and relationship development.

    Location

    This year's Innovation Institute is virtual! Prior to the conference, all attendees will receive a box of materials and supplies. 

     

    Download a Sample Lesson Plan

    Teaching Sorting Process of Basic Artificial Intelligence | PK - Grade 4

    Learning about algorithms helps build a strong foundation for computer science. Understanding algorithms helps students to think logically, structure their thinking, and build their reasoning skills.

    Sorting is preliminary to understanding how algorithms are used. Download the Teaching Sorting Process of Baic Artificial Intelligence lesson plan and adapt it for your classroom today.