Is this what professional learning looks like in your school or district? No? You’re in the right place. Keep reading - and thanks for visiting.
Andragogy: creating experiences where adults can learn. (It’s what I do.)
I specialize in unforgettable hands-on, minds-on educator professional development workshops that participants truly LOVE.
Whether it’s learning how to leverage a high-tech tool in the classroom, or completing a design challenge, you can count on an ACTIVE, powerful experience.
I make K-12 learning about educational technology enjoyable AND relevant, ensuring participants leave with the creative confidence to leverage it in their classrooms.
When was the last time you (or your staff) actually ENJOYED a professional development experience?
My workshop experiences aren’t like most; read my testimonials to understand why.
I firmly believe that human centered design, and therefore empathy, should be the foundation upon which K-12 maker programs are built.
Looking to stoke creativity? Play “Disruptus,” a game that challenges players to collide two objects into something new.
VR/AR Technologies are dropping in price while becoming more powerful. Are your learners using these tools to explore and CREATE?
I obsess over details when planning professional learning experiences so that this EXACTLY how participants feel when we’ve finished. Let’s work together!
Well-designed, engaging K-12 professional learning is a MUST on “early dismissal” days. The winning formula? Learner voice and choice + attention to detail + infectious enthusiasm. Works every time!
After-school workshops are PARTICULARLY challenging, due to the short timeframe and level of exhaustion most educators feel at the end of the day. Special care has to be taken to ensure these kind of experiences move quickly and with impact.
Hands-on, minds-on professional learning that boosts creative confidence … CHECK!
Laser engravers provide schools with industrial-grade digital fabrication capabilities. Pro tip: don't deploy one of these without proper professional learning to go with it.
During a recent design sprint, these participants prototyped a solution to solve the electric scooter problem plaguing many major cities.
Teachers enjoy sharing about the prototypes they create in design challenges. The enthusiasm is infectious!
In my view, the key to enjoyable, memorable & meaningful staff PD experiences is properly scaffolded, curriculum-aligned "hard fun."
The Micro:bit is quickly becoming a favorite for learning to code thanks to its extremely low cost, incredible ease of use, and myriad applications.
Here are a few of the tools I like to use during maker-centered learning workshops (yes, including chocolate!)
The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, powerful physical computing platform ideal for learning how to code and control the world around us.
3D design has limitless potential across the curriculum. Here, a workshop participant creates with Tinkercad.
There’s nothing like a low-floor, high-cieling maker activity to build creative confidence. These teachers had never constructed a robot before this workshop.
Hummingbird robotics microcontrollers make it easy to automate creations by controlling servos (shown), motors, LEDs, sensors and more.
The power of story is undeniable when it is passionately expressed for the world to see. Here, a workshop participant shares her “Six Word Story” describing her library program.
Interested in leveraging VR/AR technologies in the classroom? I can help.
Large scale professional development workshops pose unique (but not insurmountable) challenges. Is the resource you've engaged up to the task?
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Some things you should know:
I am a maker. I believe that giving learners the opportunity to make - meaning, to imagine and physically create innovative solutions to real-world problems - helps them develop the skills, dispositions, and adaptable mindset needed to survive and thrive in an uncertain future. I also believe that the maker movement in general - and the physical act of making in specific - presents a unique opportunity to truly put people in charge of their own learning.
I am an amplifier. I design powerful learning experiences and programs that amplify others' knowledge, skills, and creative confidence. My experience in education, capabilities as a maker, and fluency with the tools/technologies of the K-12 "edtech" trade uniquely qualify me to make an immediate impact in your school, district or educational professional development organization.
I teach teachers. I inspire K-12 educators, staff and administrators, helping them envision education through a human-centered lens, embrace their "inner tech geek," and become more effective in school than they ever thought possible.
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