SIM Central Florida – June 20th 2013


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Technology, Education & Business – The Crossroads Today, the Future and What Central Florida is Doing About it


 The intersection of Technology, Education and Business - the world known as EdTech.  A little background on the industry - where it's going and an overview of edtech in Central Florida.  There is actually a lot going on in Central Florida - UCF has some great stuff, and there are lots of local companies doing great stuff in EdTech as well (CodeSchool, TeamTreehouse, LearnEverywhere . . . .).  We are also launching an accelerator whose first class is edtech focused, so we'll talk about the impact that will have.

 Our Speakers

Christine Ortiz - a social entrepreneur, with expertise in the fields of marketing and branding, youth empowerment, education and curriculum design.  An MIT grad with two masters’ degrees, Ortiz spent her high school years working on the national, teen anti-smoking Truth Campaign and advising corporate executives on engaging youths for social change.  At the age if 18 she founded her first company, Allen Ortiz Consulting, through which she developed youth empowerment curriculums, designed marketing and branding strategies for social change initiatives, launched state and country-wide change campaigns, and spoke in front of hundreds of thousands of youth and adults.  She opened a tutoring and test prep center, a stepping-stone to her most recent venture, Knowledge Commons, an innovation lab that is rapidly prototyping solutions to education related issues.  The Commons include Lawton Chiles Preparatory School, a K-12 school, with mixed-age classrooms, an integrated and thematic curriculum design, and a constant focus on individuality.  Her background in entrepreneurship, branding, marketing and empowerment help mold her innovative approach to education.

Dr. Lisa Dieker - a Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of Central Florida. She received her undergraduate and master's degree from Eastern Illinois University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Her primary area of research focuses on collaboration between general and special education at the secondary level with a specific interest in the unique opportunities that exist in urban schools in the areas of mathematics and science. She also has a passion for how technology and specifically virtual classrooms can be used to impact teacher preparation.  She is one of three faculty who created TeachLivE that has received national and international recognition as the first simulators for teacher education.

Sponsored by:

Dell Software

Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Citrus Club, Orlando
255 South Orange Ave
Orlando, FL, 32801
(407) 843-1080


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