Presenting “The Maker Movement and Studying History” at FCIS Miami 2016

One of the fundamental questions educators have is what the future will look like for their students. Our current educational system is undergoing a reformation, faced with the uncertainty and the challenges that await the future.

The technology that is available is not only changing human behaviors, but how we interact with information. Gone are the days of rote memorization of information in order to establish fields of knowledge. Instead, the importance place on content knowledge has been replaced by what one can do with the information.

The FCIS annual conference slogan is “cultivating growth – a mindset for the future”. Picking up on that theme, and this new era of information interactivity that we have entered, I am presenting on how our students at Pine Crest are at the forefront of innovation. Having access to the latest technologies via an iLab – with 3D printers, laser cutters, and a whole host of tools – we had our students reconstruct artifacts from history. Adopting concepts from the Maker Movement, students actively engaged in their own learning and utilized constructivist approaches to help them experience┬átheir learning through trial and error.

My presentation will be taking place in Session III from 12:00-12:50 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami.

Selected to return as AP Reader for Art History 2014

Last year, I was given the tremendous opportunity to serve as a reader for AP Art History for the first time in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was an eye-opening experience as I got to meet the various readers from all around the country for Art History, all of whom have tremendous passion and dedication to our field.

I felt it was a great honor to be counted among those who help process those tests for millions of students across the country and around the world. The sheer planning and logistics of the week long event was impressive as thousands of AP teachers from various subjects descend on Salt Lake City with one objective in mind – to grade the various essays that have been submitted by students. It was fun and just a sheer pleasure to be involved in such a large-scale project while also getting excellent professional development along the way.

I am also excited, and honored, to be invited back and have confirmed my travel plans to return to the AP reading this summer in Salt Lake. I look forward to reconnecting with my peers and helping contribute to the undertaking of grading millions of essays for College Board and our AP Art History tests.

Selected to Write Questions for New AP Art History Exam

The AP Art History exam is going to be undergoing a change. In 2016, there will be more of a focus on the global contributions to art and the exam will reflect that.

This is a tremendous professional development opportunity for myself as I get to peak behind the scenes on how the exam is developed and how the new format is being retooled.

Entering my 5th year teaching AP Art History, I have already gained tremendous insight and experience as a reader this past June in Salt Lake. As a group, we graded tens of thousands of essays from all students who participated in the AP Art History exam and the experience has helped me re-think the way I teach the course and ways I can be more efficient with my students. Having an understanding for the upcoming changes to the exam also gives me a great advantage in being prepared for the new format slated to take shape in only a few years, which also benefits my students tremendously.

To get a sense of what we are doing with art history in my classes, please visit my site RicardAcademy.info.