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Artifacts from our “Digital Fabrication in K12” and “Design Thinking in Schools” sessions at Educon2.5

I facilitated two conversations at Educon today:
1. Digital Fabrication in K-12 with Jaymes Dec and Don Buckley
2. Design Thinking in Schools with Don Buckley

Here is a PDF of the slides from the Design Thinking session:
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Below is Jaymes’s budget when he set up the FabLab at Marymount two years ago:

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Here are some other images from the day:

Video of the presentations are here:

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TeachIn11 on May 10th is being launched by @chrislehmann at SXSW & @dfaufenberg at NJECC

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As an attendee of Educon, I received a pretty exciting email from Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) today. Chris is the principal of the Science Leadership Academy where Educon has been held for the last 4 years. It was about the upcoming Great American Teach-in (GATI) on May 10, 2011 where the primary focus is engaging, recruiting, and supporting student voices in the ongoing discussions and debates about the future of education.

In Chris’s words (on behalf of the Planning Team of the Great American Teach-In):  

At root, the Teach-In is a day to remind ourselves and our students that citizenship means asking questions, finding answers and standing up for what you believe in…and that education must mean that too. Every classroom, every student, every school… drafting a declaration of education.

Using the Declaration of Independence as a primary source document, we will ask all learners, at all levels, to draft their declarations of educational rights. Using provided protocols, participants will work together to draft their next steps for discussing, advocating, securing and maintaining those rights. Using modern tools, participants can post their declarations alongside thousands of students, teachers and parents from all over the country.

Below, I copied information about how to participate in http://www.declarationofeducation.com:

How to Participate

Participation in this event will have three general phases.

1. Preparation

The key piece of participating is to talk with your classes and your community, and to create your declarations. These essential questions and icebreakers can help provide a starting point for the conversation. If you are doing this event in your classroom, feel free to share your plans so other people can use them or be inspired by them.

If you are going to participate, add yourself to the participant list.

If you want to set up an event within your community, add it to the calendar.

If you have a blog, write about your thoughts and preparations on your blog, and tag these posts with the term teachin11. Your post will be aggregated into this site.

2. The Teach In

The date selected for the Teach In is May 10, 2011. At the risk of stating the obvious, you should schedule your Teach In for the time that makes the most sense for you and your learning community.

The essential questions and community-generated teaching resources can help get you started structuring your event.

Feel free to add your event to the calendar.

3. Reporting Back, and Next Steps

Once you have held your event, tell the world about it!

If you have a blog, write about your experiences on your blog, and tag them with the term teachin11. Your post will be aggregated into this site.

If you do not have a blog, there are multiple ways for you to share your participation. Choose the one that works best for you.

Write a Declaration of Education, and share it on this site.

  • Describe your event, and your thoughts about it, by adding it directly to this web site.
  • Make a video about your Teach In, and upload it to to YouTube. Tag it with the term teachin11.
  • Upload images to Flickr. Tag your picture with the term teachin11.

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Educon + Twitter = Reunion

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As many have stated before, the education and technology conferences feel a lot like reunions these days. This is mostly due to Twitter, though attending conferences begat more Twitter contacts which begat knowing about more conferences which begat attending and/or speaking at said conferences which begat gathering more Twitter contacts and so on and so forth.

Tomorrow I’ll join the hordes already at Educon. This is the third annual education conference taking place at The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. [Philly is my hometown, and as a result, I garner strange looks whenever I ask for a glass of “wooder” at a restaurant.] Chris Lehmann is the dynamic, phenomenal, and brilliant principal of SLA, and it was a pleasure to meet him at last year’s Educon and host him at the inaugural TEDxNYED in March 2010.

As per Educon’s homepage,  EduCon is both a conversation and a conference. And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

This year, I am thrilled to be co-leading two conversations at Educon. Based on experience, I know the attendees are smart, engaged, innovative, and tech savvy, so I am understandably intimidated. It’s hard to hide behind my camera when I’m one of the presenters. However, I’m too excited to learn a ton, gather resources, and reunite with people from my personal learning network to dwell too much on my insecurities. Plus, I am paired with awesome collaborators who are people I genuinely like and highly respect: Meredith Stewart (@msstewart) and Basil Kolani (@bkolani). My two sessions are listed below:

Crafting Character

Who: Karen Blumberg, Meredith Stewart
When: Session One
Where: Room 309

Students need to recognize that their communications and actions contribute to their character. In an age where everyone uses Google (including high school counselors, college admissions, and employers), it is more important than ever to initiate conversations with students about how their immediate online choices have potentially permanent ramifications.

Grassroots Professional Development

Who: Basil Kolani, Karen Blumberg
When: Session Five
Where: Room 303

Every teacher needs professional development, but not everyone has the resources available for it. The good news: You don’t need massive resources for great PD.

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