Exploring Virtual Reality in Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 4, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Middle School at Pine Crest is home to new virtual reality (VR) equipment, which Pine Crest Computer Science and Technology faculty are using to teach students how to create their own virtual experiences and to influence others’ perspective.

“More content is being released and is increasingly available and accessible, and VR and augmented reality (AR) devices are becoming more effective,” said Mr. Sean Tibor, Pine Crest Computer Science and Technology Specialist. “By the time our Middle School students go to college, they will need to know how to use this equipment and feel comfortable using it.”

The terms “VR” and “AR” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

“The difference is that AR takes information around you and fuses the world you are in with additional data or information  — think Pokemon Go,” said Mr. Tibor. “VR is about immersion and perspective. It overlays virtual items or instances on top of the real world. The benefit of VR technology is that it can change our perspective from a few different axes: distance, time, scale, and the forthcoming, human perspective."

Delving into these axes, Mr. Tibor shared how using VR technology is not limited to one course or subject.  

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Topics: Innovation, Panther Pulse, Faculty, Middle School, design thinking, innovation institute, 2019, academics

Developing a Design Thinking Mindset in Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 7, 2018 at 4:31 PM

Design thinking is a methodology for creative, complex problem solving. A design thinker questions and explores possibilities with a clear goal in mind: creating a solution, service, or product that benefits the end user. This technique is often described as human-centered because it is rooted in empathy and aimed at understanding a person or group of people.

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Panther Pulse, Middle School, design thinking

Investing in High Quality Faculty Professional Development

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 21, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Before setting up classrooms and welcoming students for the first day of school in August, Pine Crest School faculty participated in the Teachers Teaching Teachers professional development day. Now in its sixth year, teachers participate in a variety of peer-led learning sessions where they connected with colleagues, exchanged expertise, and engaged in dialogue about best practices.

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Topics: News, 2018, Innovation, Panther Pulse, Faculty

Welcoming New Pine Crest School Faculty

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 21, 2018 at 9:19 AM

What do a published poet and writer, a Ph.D. in World History and Early Modern European History, a former semi-professional basketball player, and six Pine Crest alumni have in common? They are among 38 new Pine Crest School faculty, staff, and administrators for the 2018-19 school year!

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Topics: News, 2018, Panther Pulse

Pine Crest School Brandon Knight Sports Performance Center Unveiled

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Pine Crest alumnus and Houston Rockets point guard Brandon Knight ’10 recently gifted Pine Crest School with the modernization of the performance training facility in Lane Hall on the Fort Lauderdale campus.

Brandon Knight 10 with Dr. Dana Markham ’18H, Pine Crest School President

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Topics: News, 2018, Athletics, Alumni, Panther Pulse

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