On Monday June 14 the Generator space in Burlington Vermont will be buzzing with educators who are gearing up for a week long summer camp (Create Make Learn Summer Institute) to learn more about the possibilities that the opportunities that the Maker Movement can bring to education in Vermont.
The week will start with an amazing keynote speaker - Sierrra, a 10 year old student from Monkton, Vermont who is currently working on a new 3D printed design for a prosthetic hand for an 8 year old girl 2000 miles away. Sierra will be joined by her teacher, her mom, and mentors from the eNable community, a community of volunteers matching kids and adults missing fingers or hands with 3D printer enthusiast. Sierra discovered the community while conducting research for a science fair project about the potential of 3D printers to help humans and animals and now she is fully engaged with this group of online volunteers.
Sierra’s story will set the scene for a week long summer camp where teachers will learn skills like using 3D printing, creating e-textiles projects, or programming circuits using ardiunios from community makers and artist, local lead educators, and nationally known educators, Kevin Jarrett and Dr. Wes Fryer. Also included in the week’s events will be a series of workshops on making movies, music, and games on mobile devices such as smart phones and iPads.
Create Make Learn Summer Institute Coordinator, Lucie deLaBruere, states that her goal when she designed the institute was to provide teachers with a chance to ‘take off their teacher cap’ and experience learning from the perspective of a student who learns by creating and making. I can’t see what will happen when 50 educators are creating and making side by side and having conversations about what this might mean for their classroom.”
Although beefing up their skills with new technologies will be an important goal for teachers this week, equally important will be the opportunity to make connections with community makers, artist, and creators. As Vermont schools strive to create a more personalized learning experience for students, there will be an increased need for school-community connections that provide students with mentors as they pursue personal learning goals.
“We can't address challenges around engagement, relevance and student responsibility for learning without taking on this issue of personalization.” says Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary of Education, in reference to the recent Flexible Pathways Initiative (Act 77).
For many student, experiences where they can create and make will provide hands on ways of learning and of demonstrating what they know that matches their learning styles and abilities. The Create Make Learn Summer Institute was designed to help teachers gain the skills, the resources, and the community connections to better integrate learning by creating and making. You can can follow the learning of these 50 brave educators at the Create Make Learn Summer Institute, sponsored by Vita-learn, Marlboro College, and Champlain Valley Educational Development Center at www.CreateMakeLearn.org
----- See also Sierra’s story posted on the Create, Make Learn blog quoted below
You're Never too Young or too Old to Learn to Code when you have an iPad.
Come learn why mobile tools create new learning opportunities for learning to code at all ages. We’ll play with fun apps that can be used with students as young as Kindergarten and move our way up to Middle school. We’ll connect fun game like challenges to “code routines” used by real programmers.
We’ll even create our own challenges using drag and drop blocks of code. You’ll leave with confidence that can help you connect these fun-addicting apps to your learning standards.
Looking forward to leading a 3 hour hands-on session tonight at Dynamic Landscape 2014.
Can Teachers and Students Make Apps? Apps-olutely
Participants in this hands on session will build their own mobile app that can be used to provide students, parents, and community mobile access to their classroom. No coding required! We will look at teacher created apps built using Appshed as well as tour AppShed Academy - an app building environment designed to turn app development into a teaching tool that lets students create and publish app within a safe and secure environment that can moderated by teachers. Encourage your students to move beyond PowerPoints and brochures to demonstrate their understanding -- scaffold them to building a mobile App.
Co Presenting with Blanca Duartes at Dynamic Landscapes on Thursday May 15
Differentiating Learning using Tablets and Google Play for Education [SLIDES]
Come preview the new features of Google Play for Education that puts students and learning at the center. We will demonstrate the new touch deployment features puts teachers in control of classroom sets of tablets and allows you to deploy just the right app, book, videos, and content to each student based on their individual needs. Learn about amazing differentiation features designed in Google Play’s new Book options. Learn how to identify teacher vetted standards based content for different subjects using Google Play for Education. 1:30 Auditorium
Lots of great planning happening in preparation for the CREATE MAKE LEARN Summer Institute. In case you haven't heard - Dr. Wes Fryer and Kevin Jarret are both coming to Vermont this summer as part of a fun filled week of creating, making, and learning with educators. Not only do you get to learn from National experts, but you will also get to take home the tools and skills you need to set up your own Create/Make station in your school. Bring back a 3D printer, fun programable circuits, a green screen studio, or an iPad movie studio along with the skills you need to use these tools with students. Early bird registration ends in April, so why not save a spot today.
Love Google Apps and wish it had a little more versatility? Come learn how the brand new feature - Google Add-ons and Google Apps Script can bring even more power to Google Apps. We’ll take a look at some favorite Scripts educators are adding to give their Google tools even more power and versatility and explore the new Google Add-On feature. You will learn how to install a script or add-on and how to use it to expand the functionality of Google Apps. This session will focus on using Scripts that are already written. Those interested in getting started writing scripts may attend the “Under the Hood” session.
Slides from Sunday's session will be added on Sunday
Fill your digital toolbox with Google Tools that can support educators as they design instruction to meet Common Core standards. This session will introduce features of Google tools and ideas of how you can use these tools organized by Common Core Anchor Standards for English Language Arts. Learn how you Google Tools can help students communicate, comprehend, critique, process content, work with complex text and more. Come prepared to join a collaborative process where you can share your own ideas with educators who are shifting instruction with a focus on CCSS college and career readiness.
Who Owns the Learning - ePortfolios with Google Tools (part 1)
Google Tools provide an ecosystem of tools that can support various phases of the ePortfolio process. This session will help you understand the big picture of eportfolios and the process that educators must consider when adopting ePortolios in their schools.
We’ll provide an overview focus on the best tool for different parts of the eportfolio process from curating artifacts, setting and managing learning goals, reflection, to showcasing learning. We’ll include examples, templates, tips, and tricks from real Vermont schools using ePortfolios early elementary, in upper elementary and middle school, in high school, and higher ed. We’ll even include ways educators are using Google tools for their own professional ePortfolios.
Who Owns the Learning - ePortfolios with Google Tools (part 2)
In this session, you’ll get a chance to set up and compare two approaches for creating an ePortfolio. We’ll start with setting up an ePortfolio using a blog (sometimes known as bPortfolios) then move into setting up an ePortfolio using Google Sites. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each method and offer some tips and tricks that help you decide on the tool that best meets your vision of ePortfolios. This session will focus on the HOW ‘to” parts of ePortfolios, while Part 1 will help you better navigate the process necessary for successful eportfolio adoption.