Hands-on Learning Institutes

Work with education leaders across several strands of tech integration and emerging technologies. Some of the strands: Digital Storytelling, Project-Based Learning, Play and Games-Based Learning, Data Visualization, Electronics and Art, Emerging Technologies, Measurement and Research, Maker, Open Education, Creativity and Visual Literacy.

Electronics and Art - Leah Buechley
Art, Craft, and Electronics
This workshop will explore how art and craft techniques like painting, drawing, and sewing can be blended with electronics. We will play with new materials like conductive and color-changing inks to create a series of interactive electronic sketches. Through these investigations we will explore how different activities, materials, and cultural traditions can engage different kinds of people in art and STEM.
Digital Storytelling - Bernajean Porter
The Art of MultiMedia Communication and Digital Storytelling
Urgent! Human beings needed with effective media communication skills in order to translate inert, raw information into valuable knowledge useful and beneficial to others. No paper allowed!

New communication literacies are less about mastering technical skills of digital tools than about being able to artfully design information in ways that increase engagement and "sticking" power of content along with ensuring high impact on audiences living with a saturated world of information. Research shows "You've got seconds to grab someone's attention and only 10 minutes to keep it" ~Dr. Medina. For learners (authors) to be effective communicators in the 21st century, sophisticated grammar skills in expressing ideas with multiple communication technologies will be essential. While words are considered an important foundation literacy, learners will find themselves handicapped in the digital age if text-based communication is the sole mode mastered. Effective media products start with an author’s capacity to develop rigorous content that is worthy of sharing first[meaning-makers] and then designing an attention holding sensory experience that artful influences and impacts the world [media-makers]! Learn and play hands-on with new media literacies and concepts that make information come alive!
Emerging Technologies - Scott Klososky
Geospatial Teaching & Learning - Ian Lockwood

Geospatial Teaching & Learning: Opportunities, Applications, and Ideas
The aim of this proposed workshop is to help educators understand some of the developments and opportunities for geospatial learning in middle and high school programs. It is designed to be lecture based with hands-on opportunities to try out some of the free web-based applications.

In the last decade huge advances have been made with making remotely sensed (RS) images of the earth available to the public. Google Earth helped popularize and introduce Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the wider public as a free web-based application. While GIS software once had a reputation for being both expensive and cumbersome to use, developments in commercial software (ESRI’s ArcGIS platform) and freeware such as Q-GIS now make it accessible to anyone interested. The cost of remotely sense imagery is now within reach of organizations and much of this is in the public realm. At the same time growing concerns about changes on the planet associated with rapid economic development have provided a real need for better analytical tools. GIS and remote sensing helps us to better understand and address these changes.

International Schools are beginning to use GIS in their secondary school curricula following on the heels of North American schools that have geography standards that incorporate GIS (see AAG links below). Given the rapid change in software and hardware options it can be a daunting program to add on to a school’s already packed curriculum. GIS and RS offer ideal opportunities for inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning in international schools settings.

The workshop will highlight examples from the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programs. A unique part of the presentation will share details on developments in South Asia and ways that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is sharing data through its Bhuvan platform.

Teachers interested in geospatial technology, geography/social science teachers, physics teachers, tech coordinators and any other curious people.

Language in the digital world - Kimberley Hall

Language is our most powerful tool. Change just one word and you can change everything. This hands on workshop will explore just how important the language of contemporary schools is for students, teachers and leaders.

In education, language is constantly evolving, often becoming an impenetrable wall of buzzwords in school’s mission statements, report cards and teacher feedback where the meaning is completely lost. Former Language Arts teacher, Kimberley Hall, is calling for educators to not just walk the talk, but be able to talk the walk.

This interactive session will explore key linguistic concepts for all school leaders to understand as well as practical classroom examples of different processes.  Using tools like Google Apps, we can teach students’ to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively.  Discover ways of collaboratively planning, drafting, seeking and providing feedback using today’s tools.  Ideas to track student progress over time while concurrently providing authentic feedback and data for planning will be showcased.

Let's start to leverage the power of our language in order to redesign our classrooms  for all learners.

Measurement and Research - Damian Bebell
Leveraging research and evaluation to inform your school's technology programs
As educators and school leaders, how do we know that our teaching, learning, and ICT investments and practices are having the impact we intend them to? How can we better inform decisions and improve our understanding of teacher, student, and parent sentiment in a quickly changing educational landscape?

In this session, educational researcher Damian Bebell will share real-world examples from schools that have leveraged simple research and evaluation techniques to inform and guide their ICT investments and programs. Sharing techniques and best practices culled from over a decade of ICT studies and collaborative research, this session will help educators design, use, and interpret results from teacher and student surveys, classroom observations, focus groups, and student drawings.
Media Literacy - Ken Shelton
Designing Visual Thinking and Learning: Visual Storytelling and Cinematic Narrative
Our most effective communication method is through the use of visuals. We are often able to bridge language barriers and contextual barriers when we incorporate and utilize visuals in a meaningful manner. This workshop will guide you through two very distinct processes on communicated a story through visual means. We will first examine and experience the use of imagery to tell stories and represent our thinking. We will then look at a variety of strategies for incorporating multiple images in the same areas. Finally, we will go through the process of developing, designing, and producing artful storytelling through cinematic narrative.
Project-Based Learning - Suzie Boss
Take Thinking Deeper in PBL
Inquiry is the engine for learning in project-based learning. This session explores strategies to turn up the inquiry in PBL, whether you are a newcomer or veteran of the project approach. Among the topics we’ll explore: how to design projects that engage student interests while meeting academic goals; how to get projects off to a good start; how to manage the “messy middle” of PBL; how to connect students with experts outside the classroom; how to plan assessment strategies across the arc of the project. We’ll use PBL practices during a hands-on, collaborative learning experience.

Real-World Learning with PBL
Projects that connect students with the real world make the learning experience more relevant and memorable. This session introduces strategies and tools to expand projects beyond the classroom. We will explore strategies for designing community-based projects, in which students take the lead on local problem solving; opportunities for global collaboration and action; and re-thinking service learning through the PBL lens. Expect to make some real-world connections during this hands-on session.

NOTE: These sessions on project-based learning can be taken independently or as a two-part series.
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