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Friday, February 24 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Driving Pedagogy with Classroom Design: The Active Learning Space

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Three years ago, Tampa Prep completely renovated their lower school classrooms into Active Learning Environments or ALEs. Mr. Lewis hand-picked the technology for the ALE based on his dreams of building a highly collaborative, technology-rich classroom to better foster student-centered learning and 21st century skills. That year, Mr. Lewis oversaw the installation of ALEs in all 10 of the lower school’s classrooms. After two school years of successful use of the ALEs in the lower school, Tampa Prep replicated the ALE model in all of the upper school’s classrooms – making Tampa Prep a complete active learning school. 
All classrooms are now equipped with two interactive projectors on opposite walls, dry-erase wall coverings, Steelcase mobile desks for students and Ergotron mobile desks for teachers, a voice-amplification system, glass walls, and LED lighting. Each student is also required to bring an iPad to school. When used together, every student has a “front row” seat and can collaborate with peers almost instantly. Teachers are no longer tethered to the front of the classroom lecturing and can instead roam the room with their device while helping students in small groups or one-on-one.
Although the ALEs are almost identical at the lower and upper schools, teachers utilize the technology in different ways to best meet students’ academic goals and needs. Mr. Lewis will discuss how teachers have harnessed the ALE to use techniques such as flipped instruction in math and foreign language classes, a discussion-based learning model called the Harkness Method, and more.

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Chad Lewis

Technology Director, Tampa Preparatory School
Chad Lewis has been CIO at Tampa Preparatory School for the past six years, and is responsible for all facets of technology at the independent college preparatory school, serving grades 6 through 12. | From network infrastructure and data management, to educational technology software and training, Lewis draws upon 15 years of experience in technology management to promote the school’s mission of “think, create, be yourself, aspire to... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US 205

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