I’m at Duke University for the inaugural Construct3D conference sponsored by Duke, Ultimaker, Autodesk, and ShopBot! Many thanks to co-organizer, Liz Arum, for encouraging me to attend. Below is the description from their website:
Construct3D 2017 is a national conference on digital fabrication focused on “3D printing” for higher education, K-12, and community education. Join us as we explore ways to foster student engagement, support research, and improve understanding using 21st century technology.
After a walk and a biscuits and gravy lunch with Ian Klapper of City and Country School, we made our way to Duke’s Technology Engagement Center for workshops and a tour of the Innovation Co-Lab Studio by its director, Chip Bobbert. Photos of the Co-Lab‘s awesome space for digital fabrication are posted below. Check out the mesmerizing wall of Ultimaker printers as well as laser cutters, CNC mills, 3D jet printers, a vending machine of engineering tools, and other tools that make me happy including a vinyl cutter and sewing machine.
Pics from the opening reception with a keynote from Dale Dougherty of Make Magazine and early glimpses of the vendor tables are below:
Some videos from educator projects highlighted at Ultimaker’s table are below:
Pics from my lunch and walk with Ian are below:
Above are the slides and recording from my Our Blogs, Ourselves presentation for the 2015 Spring Blog Festival. Here’s my short description of what I’ll talk about: Curation is a 21st Century skill, and Karen has been curating her digital presence for years. She will share how and why she gathers archival evidence of her professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio and offer some tips to get started. Simply put, Dr. Nellie Deutsch (@NellieMuller) is a dynamo. I thought I was busy, but Nellie puts me to shame. While I organize/attend/present at many conferences in any given year, you’d probably need to add a zero to approximate Nellie’s schedule. She coordinates and facilitates countless conferences and opportunities to connect online, and I’m lucky to be on her mailing list. Whenever I can, I accept her invitations to be part of something interesting for educators. March 21, 2015 is the second annual Spring Blog Festival. (She even had a Fall Blog Festival in the interim!) Nellie is co-organizing the SBF with María Jesús García San Martín (@mjgsm). Here’s their great description from the SBF event website:
The Spring Blog Festival (SBF) is a one day annual event that takes place on March 21. The aim of the festival is to showcase bloggers and their work. Topics range from transformational blogging and reflective blogging to connectivity, history, evolution, teaching tools, multi-media, thinking & creativity, families, schools, and content curation.
Today, I’m presenting at Google Apps in Education NY/NJ Summit. This is my first Google Apps Summit, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m a big fan of Lisa Thumann (@lthumann), and she worked hard to put together this event.
My session is Redefining Collaboration with Google Apps from 10am-11:00am in Room 318. Here’s the description for my session on the summit’s website:
Presented by: Karen Blumberg, Technology Integrator, The School at Columbia University This session is geared towards: Techie, Teacher, Admin Level of Session: Basics
Google Apps for Education provides tools that enable a community of teachers and students to collaborate differently. With shared Calendar, Presentations, Documents, Sites (and with the advantage of Google Drive), a school’s population can communicate paperlessly, plan dynamically, and work productively and efficiently.
We’ll discuss a few examples of how Google Apps enhances our 21st Century classrooms:
Teachers at The School at Columbia University share meeting notes in a single Google Doc that is added to at every gathering.
6th grade scientists curate their personal Google Site to keep track of notes, lab work, data, and assessments.
7th grade historians locate articles and add them to a class page using the “announcements template” on a class “Current Events” Google Site.
8th grade English students share multiple drafts of their creative writing in a Google Doc that they share with their teacher.