Dr. Ann Barron
Dr. Cathy Cavanaough
Dr. Kara Dawson
Dr. Nathan Fisk
Dr. Christine Harmes
Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt
Gianina S. Hayes
Ora D. Tanner
Dr. Chet Lyskawa
Product Design & Development
Shelby Di Vincenzo
Dr. Roy Winkelman
Milene Del Rio
Patricia J. Nicholson
C. David Schneider
Kathy Van Vleet
Summer Film Camp
Alexandra La Spina
Katie Reed Clark
NOTE: Directory includes currently active staff, contract personnel, volunteers, work-study students, and credits for for past projects.
The Florida Center for Instructional Technology is located in the College of Education, University of South Florida, at Tampa, Florida. FCIT is funded by the Florida Department of Education, school districts, educational foundations, and others to provide professional learning, digital content, and technology integration evaluation services to schools and districts worldwide. The Center is also funded by the USF College of Education to support USF faculty and students at the iTeach Lounge.
FCIT’s free resource websites average over two million hits per school day from nearly 200 countries and territories. These sites are specifically designed to support K-12 curriculum with age-appropriate content and no advertising. Our fully-online iTeach Professional Learning courses for teachers and administrators begin each month. The TIM Tools suite of technology integration evaluation tools is a subscription service used by public and private schools, districts, and ministries of education worldwide. The suite includes a perceptions and uses survey, a lesson observation tool, a survey creator, and support for action research in the classroom.
A Short History of FCIT
Since 1982, FCIT’s mission has been the integration of technology into K-20 education. In the early days, FCIT provided online tutorials as well as face-to-face training at our Tampa location. At that time, our professional development focused on finding appropriate programs for use in school computer labs and how to use the newly-established Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN). When not reserved for training sessions, our lab functioned as an active preview center for teachers in the Tampa Bay region. In those days before widespread connectivity, FCIT relied on print publications and diskettes for much of our outreach. Major grants from IBM in the 1980s helped familiarize schools with microcomputers and served as a catalyst for the creation of the Instructional Technology graduate programs at USF. In the 1990s, support from Apple and from Microsoft allowed us to offer additional professional development opportunities for teachers. Our online content included the Information Superhighway tutorial and A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust that we created in support of Florida’s mandate for Holocaust education.
By the turn of the century, FCIT was conducting over 100 full-day workshops every year on a variety of technology topics at our Tampa location and at other locations around the state on demand. A team of Educational Technology Integrators (ETIs) was funded by the Florida Department of Education to provide ongoing training and support for all districts across the state. We created the Exploring Florida website to support Florida History instruction via reading passages in an era where the instructional focus was on reading. Feedback from teachers and students regarding our resource collections around the topics of the Holocaust and Florida History encouraged us to create larger collections of digital content for classroom use. The success of our ClipArt ETC (Educational Technology Clearinghouse) website encouraged us to follow with collections of audiobooks (Lit2Go), photographs (ClipPix ETC), video (ClipVideo ETC), maps (Maps ETC), sound files (ClipAudio ETC), and presentation parts and pieces (Presentations ETC). These sites attracted teachers looking for classroom content and students looking for copyright-friendly material to include in reports, projects, and presentations. Soon, we were receiving several millions hits to these digital assets every school day.
In the 2000’s, we expanded our training offerings to include Florida Digital Educator four-day institutes that were conducted in all regions of Florida each year. Along with the Master Digital Educator program, which was also available for graduate credit at USF, these statewide trainings contributed to the development of many of today’s technology leaders in Florida.
By 2005, our experiences working with teachers to more effectively integrate technology into their classrooms led to the development of the Technology Integration Matrix, a practical guide for teachers striving to take their teaching practices to the next level. To assist schools and districts that had adopted the TIM, we developed a suite of evaluation tools that include a uses and perceptions survey, an observation tool, and action research support. The TIM Tools suite is now used in schools in over 30 states and in countries on six continents.
We expanded our range of online content by building the original iTunes U instance for USF, an instance for the Florida Department of Education, as well as one for the National Park Service. We expanded our online content to include virtual reality on our ClipVR ETC website and we created a series of Hispanic Heritage iBooks for the National Park Service.
Responding to new demands and frequent requests from beyond Florida, FCIT now offers fully online courses through the iTeach Professional Learning program. These month-long courses are available to educators and administrators around the world. Our experienced facilitators, lead participants through activities designed to be of immediate practical application in their roles as educators or administrators. The Technology Integration Matrix courses are of particular interest to districts, states, and even entire ministries of education that have adopted the TIM as their model for technology integration.
With increasing use of our digital content around the globe and a growing number of countries with schools adopting the Technology Integration Matrix, the Florida Center for Instructional Technology looks forward to a future of worldwide impact undreamed of when the Center was founded thirty-five years ago.
Terms and Conditions
Website authors are encouraged to link to FCIT resources. Links may be made to any page within the publication. We provide buttons and banners if you would like to add a graphical link to FCIT resources. Please link only to HTML pages. Do not link directly to image, sound, or multimedia files. FCIT Web content may NOT be mirrored on any publicly accessible server. Address any comments or questions to the Director.
You will find additional Terms and Conditions and/or Licensing information on each of our digital content websites. For any use of FCIT digital content beyond what is permitted for a specific site, please address our Permissions Manager.
Thank you for visiting Florida Center for Instructional Technology websites. Your privacy is important to us. We want our visitors to understand what information we collect and how it is used.
When you visit an FCIT website, our Web servers automatically recognize the Internet domain and IP address from which you accessed that website, and keep track of the types of operating systems, screen resolutions, and other hardware related items that help us make our site more accessible. We may gather aggregate date, time, and pages accessed information to determine overall volume and timing of access to our websites. We do this so that we can improve the content of our websites. Additionally, we utilize Google Analytics on many of our websites to help us better understand and serve our visitors. This gives us information such as what languages our visitor’s browsers are set to or which countries they are visiting from.
You may choose to share personal information with us by sending email or submitting forms on certain FCIT websites. Information voluntarily shared with us may be posted to our websites, included in reports to grantors, or otherwise published by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. If you do not want such personal information collected and shared, please do not submit forms or emails. You must be at least 13 years old to submit forms or send email to FCIT.
The Florida Center for Instructional Technology
College of Education
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa, FL 33620