Consider attending some of the offerings at the October 25, 2014 edition of Teach21 Professional Development Institute at The School at Columbia University in New York City. Among other great choices, these are the two half-day workshops I’ll be leading:
3D Designing and Printing (Grades 2-8) from 9:00am – 11:30am
Let’s talk about the basics of a variety of design thinking protocols and explore how to create 3D designs using Tinkercad, Sketchup, and other tools. These 3D files can be exported to a Makerbot Replicator 2 printer while discussing possible integrated project ideas in Math, Science, Art, Social Studies across Upper Elementary and Middle School grades. You’ll leave the workshop with more confidence about the 3D design landscape and how to build a network of teachers interested in designing and making.
Our Portfolios, Ourselves: Crafting a Digital Portfolio of Your Work as an Educator from 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Curation is a 21st Century skill, so let’s show how to gather archival evidence of your professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio. You’ll learn tips to get started: What to gather? Where to put it? How much will this cost? How to organize it? What settings to use? How to link or embed artifacts? How to connect with others?