Event Pages - Archive
February 11, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
9:30 AM to 2:45 PM
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Networking Lunch (included)
February 4, 2019
Late registrations will be charged an additional $10 per person.
ADVIS Members pay $80 per person. Groups of five (5) or more attendees from the same ADVIS member school receive a 10% discount; non-members pay $200 per person. Cost includes continental breakfast and networking lunch.
For ADVIS Schools only.
If your school will be sending a group of five (5) or more attendees, please use the promo code,
, when registering your participants. A 10% discount will be automatically applied to your total. Only groups of 5 or more ADVIS member school guests are eligible for the 10% Group Discount.
3600 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, DE 19703
PARKING OPTIONS and SHUTTLES
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Option 1 – Atonement Church
at 3519 Philadelphia Pike:
This is a very short walk across Philadelphia Pike to Archmere’s Performing Arts Center. As you travel South-West on Philadelphia Pike, pass Archmere’s campus on your left, continue through the stop light at Manor Ave., and turn right into the Atonement United Methodist Church (look for 1st set of yellow ADVIS signs).
Option 2 – Waterfall Catering Facility
at 3416 Philadelphia Pike:
This is ½ mile from Archmere’s Performing Arts Center. We will have a shuttle running in the morning from 9:15 to 10:00 AM and a return shuttle from 2:45-3:15 PM. As you travel South-West on Philadelphia Pike, pass Archmere’s campus on your left, continue through the stop light at Manor Ave., pass Atonement United Methodist Church, cross over Seminole Ave. and take a right immediately after the BP station into Waterfall Catering Facility (look for 2nd set of yellow ADVIS signs).
Please note, in the morning shuttles will run from the Waterfall Catering Facility only. Shuttles will not operate from the Atonement Church parking lot in the morning. In the afternoon, shuttles will drop folks at BOTH PARKING locations.
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April 30, 2018
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Exponential/Transformational Technologies in Independent Schools - A Deeper Dive
For Technology and Innovation Leaders, Heads of School and Trustees.
Emerging exponential technologies such as Blockchain, robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality are disrupting old paradigms and ushering in new opportunities. Forward-looking schools are exploring and embracing these transformational technologies, enhancing instruction by creating immersive lessons that are tailored, flexible and relevant, and preparing students to live and work responsibly in a connected and digital world where these technologies are becoming pervasive.
Join us to learn about innovations in technology and innovations in schools with Vanderbilt Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Van Schaack; explore how other schools are integrating exponential/transformational technologies into their discipline; and take a deeper dive into these discussions with your peers.
KEYNOTE ~ 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Changing Times Require Changing Minds:
Education in the Future
Andrew Van Schaack, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Exponential advancements in technology (particularly artificial intelligence and robotics) will significantly affect the workplace in the next 20 years, and as a consequence, changes will be required to the content and delivery of K-12 instruction and workplace training in order to prepare workers for new jobs and new ways of working. Dr. Van Schaack will describe the changes that are coming and how educators can participate in the process of preparing for the future.
Designing a Better World with VR/AR
Marie Graham, VR/AR Lab Director, Educator, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Creating impactful VR/AR content with students is an exciting and attainable goal, even without coding experience. Almost every industry is impacted by emerging technology, and students have the opportunity now to focus this innovation towards designing a better world. Marie Graham, the director of virtual and augmented reality at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, Georgia, a school steeped in design thinking, will share the genesis of a unique VR/AR lab in partnership with Dell/Alienware that asks students to create nongaming content with industry leaders. Students are currently working with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) creating content for pediatric rehab patients, designing a lab and VR content for tribal children in Muvalia, a small village in India, and filming an immersive 360 video for patrons in a local history museum. Creation platforms and the newest technology will be explored, as well as how to help students harness this powerful technology in a way that leaves them not only future-ready and writing, designing, and networking, but empathizing in a way that leaves them better people.
Disruptive Thinking for Innovation
James Barnes, Founder, JB Innovation, and Peter Thayer, Head of School, St. Anne's Episcopal School
Do you wonder what an innovative culture might look like at your school? Peter and James will facilitate an exercise and conversation around disruptive thinking and sharing of experiences that will point to new possibilities for you and your school. Participants will consider how to encourage and practice new ways of thinking and observing, how to build a design thinking mindset for your community, and how to manage some of the resistance to fresh thinking that is common in many institutions.
Concurrent Workshops - Led by ADVIS Colleagues
Best Practices for Building an Innovative and Cost-Effective Robotics Program - 17 Years of Trial-and-Error
Chris Odom, Robotics & Physics Teacher / Textbook Author, George School
"STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is a well-known buzzword in education today. Most schools have no problem satisfying the Science, Art, and Math portions of the acronym, but often struggle to include Technology and Engineering into the equation. Perhaps the biggest hurdle is finding a coherent curriculum that integrates them all while maintaining the rigor deserving of each discipline. This workshop will describe the 17-year development of the Physical Computing & Robotics curriculum at George School. I will explain why the popular FIRST, LEGO, and VEX platforms did not resonate with me, and how our thriving program of 60 students per year can be maintained for an annual cost between $0 and $100 per student. I will highlight our failures and successes, which have led to the use of the Patton Robotics platform and the development of textbooks and a curriculum that fully integrates art, science, mathematics, and engineering under the technology envelope.
Participants will have access to curricular materials used in our PC&R course, as well as a list of supplies that keeps costs low while providing every student with their own scalable, autonomous robotics platform. The benefits of in-house hackathons and collaborations between students and across disciplines will be provided. Finally, participants will learn how a rigorous STEAM course that provides a pathway to future endeavors in college and in the workplace can be fun and attractive to students without being flashy and gimmicky.
Middle School, Upper School, Administrators
Bringing Ideas to Life with Mixed Reality and the Microsoft HaloLens
Braden Bonner, Director of Technology and Information Systems; Robert Johnson, Director of Multimedia Technology, La Salle College High School
As educators, we hear about virtual and augmented reality all of the time, but how can it shift your classroom? In this student led workshop, school officials, trustees, educators, and students will develop an introductory yet holistic understanding concerning the Microsoft Hololens, its application in a school environment, and how to create and develop applications for use within individual schools. The application portion will discuss how our school has personally used the Hololens and how other schools can use it, focusing mainly on its usage in the technology department, the admissions department, and in classes in general. The development portion will discuss how to use Unity to enable the development of Hololens applications and environments.
Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of augmented and virtual reality and its applications to the 21st century classroom.
Upper School, Administrators
Engaging Students in Innovation and Engineering through the Field of Soft Robotics
Holly Golecki, Engineering Instructor and Director of Robotics, The Haverford School
Educators seek projects that engage students in developing creativity and critical thinking skills. The emerging soft robotics (SR) field allows students to participate in robotics in new ways: building robots that interface with the human body. The Soft Robotics Toolkit (SRT) enables this engagement through an online community of tutorials and authentic engineering challenges. Students are equipped to apply their scientific knowledge to build devices and solve real world problems. At The Haverford School, SRT is used by an extracurricular robotics club and as part of the engineering curriculum. After two years of experimentation, middle and high school students have developed biodegradable, edible robots and an SR glove used to teach nuanced movements of pottery making. Students have patented novel inventions, presented work at scientific conferences, and published in academic journals.
The presenter, Holly Golecki, PhD, who directs the robotics program at The Haverford School, will discuss ways to inspire the next generation of innovators by having students lead research, interact with professionals in the field, and publish their work in the field of soft robotics.
Innovative Habits & Mindsets
Liam Gallagher, Director of Making & Doing, Upland Country Day School
This workshop is designed to cultivate a conversation regarding student habits and mindsets with regard to emerging technologies. After sharing my perspective and work as the Director of Making & Doing at Upland Country Day School, participants will engage in an activity and conversation reflective of my approach with students and the design thinking process. Rather than focusing on a specific technology, this workshop will explore the habits and mindsets our students need in order to feel empowered and capable to use such technologies. As the most connected and informed generation, our students seek relevance. They neither want nor need to wait until adulthood to make an impact on their world. They are inundated with tools, technology and information. As their guides, our priority must be to help them utilize these tools for a meaningful purpose. We must cultivate a culture of ideation and let the necessary technology emerge from that idea.
Participants will gain classroom techniques & approaches, practical technologies used by other participants and inspiration!
Lower School, Middle School, Upper School
Makerspace and Genius Hour: Transforming the Teaching and Learning Experience
Anup Somalwar, Educational Technology Integration Specialist, Edu-Tech Academic Solutions
The purpose of this session is to inform other educators and administrators about our implementation of makerspace instruction/genius hour and inspire them to take their makerspaces in their own schools to the next level, particularly those teaching in urban environments. Cornerstone Christian Academy serves a high needs population in Philadelphia: primarily students of color from low SES background. In person, I will be able to elaborate how we navigated some of the challenges in creating a successful makerspace/genius hour project, getting teachers on board, connecting it to the curriculum, and offer suggestions on how they may apply this information to help their school. Participants will also be able to engage with a design thinking project our students conducted in makerspace using Makedo kits, cardboard, and the book, Wonder!
Participants will be able to: Make connections between makerspace projects and curriculum teachers are currently using in school; See real world examples of makerspace projects and genius hour projects done by students; Navigate some of the challenges in creating successful makerspace/genius hour projects; Create a helmet or rocket ship with other participants using the Makedo kits.
Audience: LS, MS,
Meaningful Making and the Next Generation of Learning Tools
Corey Kilbane, Manager of IdeaLabs and Science Teacher, William Penn Charter School
In recent years the once prohibitive costs of 3D printers, craft cutters, digital embroidery machines, CNC routers, microprocessors, and laser cutters have decreased significantly, making them accessible to schools. New programs like Tinkercad and Fusion360 have also reduced the skill needed to operate these tools. So what does this mean for education? How can we harness such technology in our classrooms to make our classes more authentic, hands-on, and engaging? With such a wealth of options, educators often struggle to determine which tool is right for their lesson. In this session, I will provide an introduction to different types of tools, examples of where we use each, and a deep dive into how laser cutting transformed a traditional bridge building project. At the end of the discussions, participants will engage in a guided decision-making process to see which tools would be best for a project they have in mind.
Participants will come away with an understanding of the different types of tools available and how best to integrate them into relevant projects for immediate results in their classroom.
Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, Administrators
Robotics as Life Lessons
Allison Bishop, Academic Technology Coordinator, The Perkiomen School
Robotic construction is a great deal like life. You have a plan outlined, you go to work, you invest time, and sometimes it works, sometimes it does not, and sometimes you fail. The process of robotics construction allows students to engage in discovery learning. Learn how The Perkiomen School has used Robotics (an after school activity) to build both tech skills and life skills.
Learn how robotics can model a work process for any project. Learn how to teach students how to capitalize on failure.
Seeing the Unseen
Adam Barney, Science Teacher; Tyler Kaplan, Student, YSC Academy
This workshop will focus on the unique ways various science classes at YSC Academy have incorporated technology and augmented reality to investigate difficult topics, such as chemistry and physics. Additionally, a current student will showcase an independent project he has been working on which involves the use of micro controllers, programming, and the construction of a functioning prototype.
Discover new techniques and software to use immediately in the classroom. Construct a small prototype to take home and use in the classroom.
Lower School, Middle School, Upper School
Think 360: Creating Immersive Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom
Erin Pudlo, Educational Technology Integration & Library Specialist; Amanda Neill, Director of Teaching & Learning, Ursuline Academy
Using VR technology, students can create original, immersive content to bring thinking beyond the classroom. Learn how students in Ursuline's Global Education Program brought the footsteps of our foundress St. Angela Merici to life, sharing the story of her pilgrimage through transformational and engaging technology. Workshop participants will conceptualize the VR storytelling process from start to finish, exploring how tools like Canva, a 360 camera, Google Tour Creator, and Google Cardboard can revolutionize teaching and learning for students of all ages across disciplines.
Participants will understand how to guide students through effective storyboarding, capturing 360 images, completing post-production work, and delivering immersive, engaging learning experiences to others using VR technology.
Middle School, Upper School
Using Robotics to Teach Multiple Computer Coding Languages
Timothy Clarke, Physics and Robotics Teacher, William Penn Charter School
For students considering engineering in the future, understanding how to write computer code is an essential skill to gain before leaving for college. Students should not only learn how to write programs in one language but should in fact be proficient in multiple languages and be able to go back and forth between them. As part of the Advanced Robotics class at Penn Charter, students have learned to use various block style coding languages as well as LUA (on Minecraft robots), Python (on LEGO EV3 robots), and JAVA (on Android phone controlled robots). This workshop will aim to give an overview of how these languages are implemented in our course and give some basic ideas for how to introduce some or all of these languages into a new course. Links to useful resources to get your own program started will be provided.
Participants will get an idea of how they might implement some of these languages into their own curriculum and will be provided links to materials to help them get started.
What does emerging tech look like in K-8?
Robin Beaver, Director of Technology, Holy Child School at Rosemont
We may not be designing AI applications in Kindergarten or exploring Blockchain in 5th grade but we are doing lots with AR/VR, robotics, 3D design and prototyping, and coding with all grades in developmentally appropriate ways. We also work to expose our students to concepts and ideas that may be a little beyond their current grasp but give them the opportunity to dream and plan for their futures. We will share a sampling of how we are applying and encouraging the exploration of emerging tech in the K-8 environment.
Participants will be exposed to the technologies and practices we are using in our school and will have some hands-on time with some of our favorite tools and toys. And, ideally, come away with some ideas they can implement in their settings.
Lower School, Middle School
Andrew Van Schaack, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Online Programs, Principal Senior Lecturer (Education); Associate Professor of the Practice (Engineering), Vanderbilt University
Dr. Andy Van Schaack is a professor at Vanderbilt University with appointments in the Peabody College of Education and the School of Engineering. He teaches courses in social science research methods, organizational psychology, judgment and analytic-reasoning, and technology forecasting. His research focuses on the development and assessment of technologies that make teaching and learning more effective, efficient, and accessible. Early in his career, Dr. Van Schaack worked for Apple in Cupertino, California and Tokyo, Japan. More recently, he founded and served as Chief Scientist for several technology companies including Cerego of San Francisco, California and Livescribe of Oakland, California. He has earned 15 patents (granted and pending) for inventions related to adaptive learning systems and digital pens technologies. As the Associate Dean for Online Programs at Peabody College, he was responsible for launching Vanderbilt University’s first two online graduate degree programs. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Vanderbilt University's teacher of the year award). Dr. Van Schaack holds a bachelor’s degree in instructional psychology and a doctorate in instructional technology from Utah State University.
FEATURED WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:
Marie Graham, VR/AR Lab Director, Educator,
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Marie Graham is a VR/AR Lab Director and maverick teacher who leads and learns with an amazing group of students and faculty at Mount Vernon School in Atlanta, Georgia. Partnering with Alienware, her school has created a VR/AR lab where students create content that positively impacts the community (local and international). She has taught everything from middle school history and English to graduate nursing school at Emory University. Her passions are connecting the newest technology to the upcoming generation in a way that creates the most good!
James Barnes, Founder, JB Innovation
James Barnes is an innovation coach and consultant helping others find and achieve their purpose in the world. James has practiced innovation in academic settings, companies, charities, and communities in England, South Africa, and the United States. He co-authored
Who am I? Individual Innovation. A Tale of Transitions, Conversations, and the Power of Possibilities
, taught innovation in Villanova University’s MBA program for 15 years, and recently gave a TEDx talk on “Missing Conversations, a Tool for Innovation.”
Peter Thayer, Head of School,
St. Anne's Episcopal School
Peter began his career as an English teacher and coach at University Liggett School outside Detroit, MI, and then served as Admissions Director at Kent Denver School in Colorado for seven years, and as Head of Middle School for 19 years at Lancaster Country Day School. He currently is in his 11th year as Head of School at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown, DE. Through his range of independent school experiences Peter recognizes both the challenge and the necessity of innovation and change in our schools.
ADVIS WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:
Adam Barney, Science Teacher,
After spending eight years teaching middle school science in York, PA, Adam served as the middle school science department coordinator at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD, and is now in his third year at the YSC Academy, in Wayne, PA. Adam places a heavy emphasis on real world application and the use of emerging technology tools in his classroom. He currently teaches physics and robotics at the YSC Academy, a school tailored specifically for student athletes on the track to play professional or highly competitive Division 1 soccer. As a teacher of students who are constantly traveling and competing around the globe, Adam has been tasked with developing lessons and assignments that are engaging, informative, and portable.
Tyler Kaplan, Student,
Currently, Tyler is in his senior year at the YSC Academy. Tyler, is a true “tinkerer” and spends a majority of his time fabricating and designing various machines to assist in everyday tasks. He will continue to design and build next fall as he begins his freshman year in the physics engineering program at Ithaca College.
Robin Beaver, Director of Technology,
Holy Child School at Rosemont
Robin Beaver is the Director of Technology at Holy Child School at Rosemont and was previously the Instructional Technology Support Specialist there. The effective use of technology in learning environments and developing curriculum around that is what gets her creative juices flowing and keeps her excited about her career - even after 25 years in the field! And yet, she takes a very balanced approach to the use of technology in schools, believing that there are times when tech can help make magic happen – connecting people, ideas, questions and solutions - and time when it just makes more sense to pull out the crayons and paper and collaborate with the people right in our own classrooms.
Allison Bishop, Academic Technology Coordinator,
The Perkiomen School
Allison Bishop has been called a Swiss Army Knife Unicorn by her coworkers. They generally mean that she can be thrown into any sort of makerspace or technology situation, and she will succeed (or muddle through as best she can, Googling info all the way). She earned her master's degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Allison has worked in the ever-evolving makerspace realm for five years, exploring topics from sewable circuitry to augmented reality. This is her first year at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA, where she teaches additive manufacturing and computer science classes - and coaches the robotics team!
Braden Bonner, Director of Technology and Information Systems,
La Salle College High School
Robert Johnson, Director of Multimedia Technology,
La Salle College High School
Timothy Clarke, Physics and Robotics Teacher,
William Penn Charter School
Timothy Clarke teaches physics and robotics at Penn Charter along with coaching the school’s robotics team. He also teaches independent study classes for students studying computer coding and a physics of sound elective. Tim draws on his engineering and computer science background to design projects for his physics and robotics courses to incorporate design, CAD, and coding. He is currently in his 25th year of teaching. Tim is a big fan of the open source community and sharing teaching and project ideas.
Liam Gallagher, Director of Making & Doing,
Upland Country Day School
Currently the Director of Making & Doing in the IDEA Center (Innovation, Discovery, Engineering & the Arts) at the Upland Country Day School, Liam has taught science for 10+ years in a variety of institutions. Always hands on and project based, Liam has now rooted his curriculum in the design thinking habits and mindsets. All students (PreK - 9th) come through the IDEA Center to focus on collaborative problem solving while building their capacity for empathy. This work culminates in the Upper School with projects that impact students' communities and a cultivation of the 'change maker' attitude - inspiring students to be a force for positive change throughout their lives.
Holly Golecki, Engineering Instructor and Director of Robotics,
The Haverford School
Holly Golecki earned her PhD in Bioengineering from Harvard University. Her research focus was developing nanofiber based scaffolds for tissue regeneration. Prior to that, she obtained a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University, with a co-op experience at Merck & Co. working on degradation rates in new materials for therapeutics. She now serves as the Director of Robotics and Engineering Instructor at The Haverford School. Holly runs a small research lab where she works with high school students to innovate in soft robotics. In her teaching, she adapts graduate-level research for younger students, increasing the accessibility of complex problems and solutions, and showing students that they already possess the tools to address real-world problems.
Corey Kilbane, Manager of IdeaLabs and Science Teacher,
William Penn Charter School
Corey teaches atoms and forces, bits and bots, and service through design at William Penn Charter School, a Quaker school in Philadelphia. As a Co-founder and Director of the Idealabs, he works with teacher and students, from PreK Reggio studio to Orbital Mechanics, to create engaging learning experiences. Recent projects include: light brite wall, augmented reality sandbox, gamifying Kerbal Space Program for the classroom, building the World Peace Game, developing an innovation curriculum with a Wharton professor, serving as a Smithsonian 3D partner, and a Summer Teaching Associate at the National Museum of American History, where he has implemented an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the history and engineering of circuits.
Amanda Neill, Director of Teaching & Learning,
Amanda Neill serves as the Director of Teaching & Learning for Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware - an independent, Catholic school serving boys and girls in EC-grade 5 and all girls in grades 6-12. Her role allows her to combine her experience and passion for coaching faculty and administrators with her expertise in programmatic design. In addition to curriculum and instruction, she has the honor of leading our Global Education program. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Ms. Neill served in a variety of roles over 12 years for Mastery Charter School - most recently as the Deputy Chief for Student Services.
Erin Pudlo, Educational Technology Integration & Library Specialist,
Erin Pudlo works as the Educational Technology Integration & Library Specialist at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. Joining Ursuline in 2010, Erin spent several years in the Middle School as a teacher of students, life lessons, and English Language Arts before transitioning into her current role, allowing her to combine the power of transformative tech with her love of literacy. With a passion for pushing the envelope both in an out of the classroom, Erin works to challenge what it means to be a learner in today’s ever-changing landscape, and her recent TEDx talk, “Don’t Be a Teacher” explores the idea that with access to information like never before, today’s students don’t need teachers—they need more.
Chris Odom, Robotics & Physics Teacher / Textbook Author,
A former atmospheric physicist and rocket scientist, Chris D. Odom started writing computer code as a seventh-grader in 1982. Since then, programming computers and embedded controllers has been an integral part of his academic and professional life. His computer applications were an essential part of his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD work in experimental physics, and his early forays into physical computing included building homemade oscilloscopes and data acquisition systems for NASA sounding rocket payloads. Even though he is excited about science and technology, Chris’ passion lies in education, and he has taught at nearly every level, including middle school, high school, technical college, and research university. He is the author of multiple textbooks in the fields of physical computing, robotics, and physics, and has developed numerous online tutorials in programming, robotics, and CAD design. Since 2002, he has been working and living at George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, PA.
Anup Somalwar, Educational Technology Integration Specialist,
Edu-Tech Academic Solutions
Anup Somalwar is a Technology Integration Specialist at Edu-Tech Academic Solutions serving two clients: Cornerstone Christian Academy and Westfield Friends School. At CCA, he is responsible for running the school’s K-8 makerspace and genius hour program and helps teachers infuse technology into their curriculum. At Westfield Friends, he currently serves as their primary 4th-8th grade Computer Science instructor. Anup holds a B.S. in Mathematics with Teaching from Temple University, and a M.A. in Education from Villanova University. Prior to Edu-Tech, he taught high school mathematics in Philadelphia charter schools, including String Theory High School, and in the Cheltenham School District. At STHS, Anup and his colleagues' iTunes U Algebra I course was recognized as a Stand Out course by Apple in 2014 with over 10,000 subscribers worldwide. He implemented a flipped classroom model by making YouTube math tutorials for his students, and has also written and performed several math rap songs with his classes. In 2016, he published a mathematics paper, “Analysis of Fractals from a Mathematical and Real-World Perspective” in the Villanova Concept journal.
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