April 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Anderson University Center, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA (MAP)
Individual Fee: $110.00 (after March 28, $125)
Registration fee includes lunch.
Join us for a day of hard fun and problem solving with researchers Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager, authors of the popular book Invent to Learn. Come explore where computing meets tinkering and design, and experience hands-on project-based learning, making, and engineering. We will discuss strategies for implementing these activities, view real-world examples of children engaged in complex problem solving with new game-changing technologies, and identify potential lessons for your own classroom practice. Powerful ideas from the Reggio Emilia Approach, breakthroughs in science education, and the global maker movement combine to create rich learning experiences for you and your students.
Participants will have the chance to tinker with a range of exciting new low- and high-tech construction materials that can really amplify the potential of your students. The day culminates in the planning of a classroom project based on the TMI (Think-Make-Improve) design model.
Bring a laptop and your imagination. We’ll supply the rest (craft materials, art supplies, construction elements). Invention is the mother of learning!
5.5 clock hours will be available for $11.
Target Audience: Any teacher interested in learning more about the Maker (hands-on) movement.
You will learn:
- How new tools and technology can reinvigorate Project-Based Learning
- Best classroom practices for integrating maker technology
- How to plan engaging projects based on the TMI design model
- How to choose the technologies with the maximum learning impact
- How to make the case for making, tinkering, and engineering
|8:00 – 9:00||Registration/AM Refreshments|
|9:00 – 10:00||Introduction to Making in the Classroom|
|10:00 – 10:30||Programming|
|10:30 – 10:40||Break|
|10:40 – 12:00||Open Making Workshop Activities|
|12:00 – 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:30||Physical computing challenge|
|2:30 – 2:40||Breakout|
|2:40-3:30||Planning, Assessment, and Wrap-up|
Your Workshop Presenters
|Sylvia Libow Martinez, M.A. Education Technology, works in schools around the world to bring the power of authentic learning into classrooms, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. Sylvia speaks, writes, and advocates for student-centered, project-based learning, gender equity in technology, computer programming, and life-long learning. For the past ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a non-profit with a mission of empowering young people to improve their schools and communities with modern technology. Previous to Generation YES, Sylvia was in charge of product development at several software publishers, designing and creating video games and educational software. Sylvia also had a career in aerospace engineering as a senior scientist on the GPS navigational satellite system research and development. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelors in electrical engineering.|
|Gary S. Stager, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, and school STEM. Director. An elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators.|
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