Presenter: Lucie deLaBruere Location: Colchester, VT, USA @techsavvygirl
Presentation Title: Girls Make IT Circuits Coding and eTextiles
Presentation Description: The workshop will highlight the evolution of a project that has been successful in engaging girls in coding via Making with Soft Circuits and eTextiles. Inspired by M.I.T. s robotic garden, Lucie deLaBruere is developing coding lessons/activities that helps students create LED enhanced artifacts for a collaborative community garden and learn to code a Lilypad Arduino microprocessor to give each artifact a unique presence in the garden. The project not only builds interest in coding, it also builds confidence in your ability to code.
Presenter: Julie Lindsay Location: Ocean Shores, New South Wales, Australia @julielindsay
Presentation Description: Do you know how to take your learning global? Embedding global understandings, connected learning and global collaborative activities across the curriculum within a digital learning environment is an imperative objective for all educators today. It must become ‘virtually unstoppable. But how?
The Global Educator shares what attributes, skills and mindset need to be adopted by educators in order to embrace connected and collaborative learning that is global in concept and practice. This presentation is a journey we will take together as we create our own stories of global connectedness. The attributes of a global educator are shared as are essential objectives to do with online global collaboration. Become a virtually unstoppable global educator by learning new strategies and approaches to global learning.
Presenter: Stephanie Chang, Trey Lathe Location: Oakland, CA, USA @MakerEdOrg
Presentation Title: Maker Ed: The work and the impact
Presentation Description: The maker education movement carries with it the momentum and promise to transform education — and ultimately, how we view learning and teaching altogether. It brings together elements of various educational pedagogies and practices, historical movements, and current trends, engaging all youth in interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experiences that are reflective and purposeful. Maker Ed, a non-profit organization that works with educators, organizations, and communities nationwide, help to train, support, and connect educator’s efforts to integrate making into their educational approaches and make a deep, long-lasting impact on their youth.
Presenter: Alan Levine Location: Strawberry, AZ, USA @cogdog
Presentation Title: Ordinary/Amazing Stories of Connection
Presentation Description: We all start out our educational careers (meaning when we were in kindergarten) intrinsically knowing the value of sharing. Somewhere between there and graduate school we lose track of this simple concept, be it worrying about intellectual property rights, fearing theft, or just questioning the value of what we do.
The open ecology of the internet can undermine what I think is learned and limiting stinginess. In this presentation I want to celebrate the True Stories of what happens to people when they share something openly on the web whether they think it ordinary or amazing. I asked colleagues to share their own stories of something unexpected, valuable, powerful, or just plain inspiring as a result of sharing that piece of media, document, video, blog post, even a single tweet that became valuable to someone they did not know before.
The power, the strength, the future of the internet as we know it now, depends on this two-way flow. Share openly, appreciate what others have done, and then share your story. I cannot guarantee amazing results or free trips to exotic countries.
But I can guarantee, if you never share anything openly, you will never having an amazing story happen to you.
Presenter: Don Wettrick Location: Noblesville, IN @DonWettrick
Presentation Title: Our Journey to Innovation
Presentation Description: Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge. This video provides a look inside Don’s Innovation class. He begins with how the class started started, and goes into the “ROTH-IRA” method of innovation. Lastly, several of Don’s students discuss the Innovation class and the impact it has had on them as students and learners.
If anyone is interested in learning more about “Genius Hour,” 20% Time, or wants to pilot an Innovation class, please let me know how I can help. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9am PT/noon ET, the K12 Online Conference will be on Classroom 2.0 LIVE to talk about this year’s event.
We’ll be giving an overview of the conference and talking about this year’s line-up including our keynotes, strands, and opportunities to participate. And if any of our presenters would like to join in to give a quick preview of their sessions, we’d love to have you!
This year’s K12 Online Conference will feature a strand on Maker Ed. This strand will be keynoted by Stephanie Chang from MakerEd and will include sessions on Minecraft, etextiles, the Cardboard Challenge, STEM, and much more!