Extended SessionsSelect one for Friday & one for Saturday
Mike Bycraft - Makerspace Nuts & Bolts: How to create, maintain and build a great design program
Elementary, Middle & High School AudienceYou’ve heard the words makerspace. You want to help create one at your school. You’re a design expert looking to fine tune a few project based units in your classes? You want to make your good program even better. If you fit any of these descriptions, or are just curious about design, tinkering and the maker movement this is the session for you.
This session’s aim is to explore how to best utilize a makerspace K-12. We will discuss how to create a program that fosters innovation, grow and expand an existing program, and how to collaborate with other disciplines. I will present the types of classes we’ve developed, staffing needs, curriculum and standards, good tools, bad tools, safety tips, and consumables that I’ve been successful with. Our discussion will focus on using a Project Based Learning style in your makerspace to create engaging and involved lessons.
However, you can’t just talk about design. This session will feature a hands-on design challenge which will demonstrate the iterative process. We will also build some fun starter design projects you can take back to your school and begin tinkering.
In this session participants will:
- Discuss what are some good tools, equipment, and projects to use in a makerspace. What best helps a makerspace create safe, effective projects
- Examine curriculum and standards to help guide instruction in your space.
- Discuss and examine the reasoning and philosophy that guides the project based learning (PBL) mindset. We will also discuss how to use PBL to create a unit.
- Work with a microcontroller (arduino, raspberry pi, makeymakey) to learn better how to integrate it into your design program.
Nicki Hambleton - Unlocking the secret strengths of learners: creating the space and conditions so everyone can shine
Elementary, Middle & High School AudienceTap into the hidden potential of all learners to create ongoing, caring and collaborative spaces for all to be included and heard. This session puts the “person” back into personalising learning to redefine participation through active learning.
Drawing from Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution and Spencer and Juliani’s “Empower” we will:
- Identify and respect the multiple ways learners feel comfortable expressing themselves in a variety of settings.
- Build a practical toolkit of strategies to include and encourage all learners in the process of learning
- Develop an action plan to support inclusion and empowerment of all learners schoolwide
Gary Gray - Keeping it Real with an Authentic AudienceHow often have we introduced an assignment with “What I want you to do for me is…”? I know I’m certainly guilty! This language conveys that the student should do for the teacher. In a world where authentic experiences are more accessible than ever, students have a chance to take advantage of this easy access, and teachers can make this happen by being the facilitator.
This session will help teachers renevision their roles in the classroom. Rather than act as the sole audience and assessor, teachers can become a facilitator that helps students identify their own purpose and most relevant audience. To accomplish this, we will examine how to ensure that the audience is a driving force of motivation for the ultimate outcome and the questions asked during our students’ learning process. In this quest to identify and target a specific audience, teachers will learn how to help students answer key questions at the onset of every unit. These include: who is the audience that needs to hear about my learning; what information can I collect; and how can I best share my learning?
Participants will also experiment with using various platforms for this work, including everything from podcasts and youtube, performance theater and hosting events, such as live museums, exhibitions and TED-inspired talks.
Session participants will need to bring a laptop or tablet, and have access to class photos, videos or student work from their classroom that they are willing to share. Participants will engage in activities as the student and the teacher. This session is for any educator looking to find purpose in their units of study, and willing to jump way outside the box to help students to develop the relevancy of their own learning
Tricia Friedman - The Innovation Strand: Curate for your community
THIS IS A TWO DAY SESSION - YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR BOTH - Whole School Audience
For years we’ve encouraged students to take ownership of their learning, to host their own online learning spaces, and to see creativity as a crucial component of their skills toolkit. So what now?
Has your school helped students see online spaces as a place to spark action? Have you created learning experiences which authentically allow students to flex their fluency of ideas?
Curation with a Cause will provide time and provocations to help you dust off your digital curation tools for change. We will engage with curation as a means for facilitating action. Come with a cause in mind, or come open-minded: this year’s Innovation Strand is for those who see education as a change-making catalyst and are looking to construct an online event for their school community. In the Spirit of Blog Action Day, or John Spencer’s famous Maker Challenges, or The Podcast Challenge 2018 we will explore approaches to curate for a cause.
Construct a learning event empowering your students and or teachers through the use of digital curation.
Investigate approaches creating powerful and memorable learning events online.
Compose an invitation to ignite creativity and inquiry across your community.
Dave Caleb - The Power of Personalized Coaching
Whole School AudienceWe often talk about personalised learning for our students and it is important to remember we should be providing personalised learning for our teacher as well. Coaches work with individuals and teams to help support them and move their learning forward. Whether your job description includes the title ‘coach,’ or not, most likely you do find yourself having coaching conversations with colleagues and students regularly.
In this session, we will:
Navigate proven, practical approaches to support teachers, teams and your school.
Practice key learnings and rehearse strategies for success.
Construct a network and build a toolkit that continues to inspire them to challenge their practice beyond the conference.