TWO DAY DEEP DIVE INTO MAKERSPACE TOOLS & PEDAGOGIES | Pueblo School of the Arts & ScienceS, Fulton Heights | Pueblo, CO
Engagement Goal: Help prepare staff to open a brand-new K-5 public charter school focused on maker-centered learning.
Description: We spent two days leading these founding teachers and staff through a series of challenges utilizing state-of-the-art tools and technologies. We wanted to increase their creative confidence, give them a first-hand taste of maker-centered learning, and help them conceptualize how they might adopt the maker mindset in their classrooms.
Results: PSAS is off to a terrific start this year, by all accounts exceeding every expectation. Their success was recently acknowledged in this article in their local newspaper.
MAKERSPACE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & LAUNCH | KATZ HILLEL DAY SCHOOL | BOCA RATON, FL
Engagement Goal: Envision, develop & launch a makerspace program for this K-8 Jewish Day School, leveraging and re-purposing existing technology & infrastructure.
Description: We transformed a classroom into a dedicated space for learning, exploration & play. The makerspace is used during the day by various classes and after school for a fledgling maker club that I facilitate remotely via videconference technology.
Results: We have created a flexible learning space on a shoestring budget which is now accessible to both lower and upper school learners. The entire school community is learning about maker centered education by DOING it, rather than reading about it and wondering. The after-school program is expanding and with luck, community mentors will be joining us to provide additional support. We're on our way!
THREE-DAY ARDUINO ROBOTICS WORKSHOP | ENGLEWOOD, NJ
Engagement Goal: Help guide a group of teachers through a series of progressively more difficult challenges involving Arduino-based robots. Workshop was part of the Dwight-Englewood DE360 Summer Connections Program. I co-presented with Trevor Shaw of Genesis Learning.
Description: Utilizing Genesis Learning's "Make it All" Arduino kit, teachers learned the basics of robotics design, construction and programming including motor/servo control, conditionals, loops, use of sensors, and more. We utilized Genesis Learning's free and iForge web IDE for Arduino.
Results: Every team was able to get their robot operational (some with some advanced and unplanned features).
G SUITE EDU PD Day | Bridgewater, MA
Engagement Goal: Provide a differentiated, meaningful, comprehensive day of G Suite professional development for high school teachers preparing to go 1:1 with Chromebooks.
Description: I was one of four EduCollaborators trainers tasked with leading workshops for 100+ teachers and staff. Each of us designed and led a hands-on, differentiated two-hour overview of G Suite followed by an afternoon focused on improving professional practice via different G Suite tools. I was responsible for the "Intermediate" users, by far the largest single group that day. My afternoon hands-on, deep-dive workshop was on Google Slides and the new Google Sites.
Results: It was the last PD before the opening and despite that, we...
G Suite EDU PD DAY | PENDER, NE
Engagement Goal: Design a powerful, meaningful, hands-on day of learning for 80+ teachers and staff focusing on G Suite and Chromebooks prior to a Chromebook rollout in the fall.
Description: Pender Public Schools needed a full day of professional development for 80+ teachers and staff - on the last day of the school year.
Results: I was the sole EduCollaborators trainer sent to Pender for this engagement. I developed a comprehensive, totally differentiated, self-paced day of exploration that gave each learner exactly what they needed, when they needed it, and at a pace they were comfortable with. Additionally, I created workshop resources that participants could continue to use well after our workshop.