The Future is Now Instructional Technology Symposium.
Held August 10, 11 and 12 at Friendswood Junior High, the symposium offered a variety of workshops and speakers, generously underwritten by the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation.
Keynote speakers each day included four individuals from various places in jobs that offered valuable teaching philosophy and motivation for FISD staff.
The speakers included the following: George Couros is Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. He is a former teacher, technology facilitator, and school administrator.
Erin Klein, a second grade teacher at Cranbrook Educational Community in Michigan, has been an instructional coach, a literacy intervention specialist and is the technology chair for the Michigan Reading Association.
Amy Mayer is the Director of Staff Development and District Initiatives in Huntsville ISD. She is a certified Google trainer and teacher.
Curtis Chandler who is currently an education specialist for Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK) was named Kansas State Teacher of the Year and was inducted into the Mid-American Educator Hall of Fame.
The IT Symposium provided educators with inspirational and practical classroom application of integrating and engaging instruction with powerful technology tools.
A wide variety of training was provided by Google Education, Apple and Microsoft trainers and FISD staff.
Examples of the workshops offered include Google Classroom, Chrome and Google Forms, Chromebooks in Elementary, Presenting with iMovie and Higher Level Thinking in Creativity. How to use various applications and/or equipment in classes such as Twitter, educational software, iPads, coding, and YouTube were also presented.
While the workshops were not mandatory for staff, attendance at the end of summer event offered staff development credit.
Symposium sponsors included Apple Computers, CDI, CopyDR – Friendswood, Dell Computers, QA Systems Inc, M&A Technology, Prime Systems, Wolfe Diversified Industries, LLC and underwriter FISD Education Foundation.