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Shared notes from “Intro to Sewable Circuits” at @Teach21c. #MakerEd

I’m leading a Teach21 professional development workshop this morning, Introduction to Sewable Circuits. Here’s the description for the morning plan:
Let us explore the A in STEAM by designing sewable (and wearable) circuits! By adding the Arts to traditional STEM goals, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), we can embrace design, creativity, and integration. Let’s discuss interdisciplinary possibilities while creating a light-up wristband using a coin cell battery, conductive thread, and LEDs.

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Notes for “3D Designing and Printing” with @KKleinNYC at @Teach21c on 11/7/15. #MakerEd #STEAM

Here is the description of the workshop from the Teach21 website:
Let’s talk about the basics of a variety of design thinking protocols and explore how to create 3D designs using Tinkercad, 123D Design, and other tools. These 3D files can be exported to a 3D 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.
This is a half-day workshop from 9:00 – 11:30. Please stay after the workshop and join us for a complimentary lunch.
Instructors: Karen Blumberg and Catherine Klein

Here are the slides for our workshop:

Here is the GoogleDoc of resources:


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Co-presenting “DIY PD” and “Digital Resources” with @KimBeeman at @UWCSEA_East’s #TeachUp today!

I’m in Singapore for a few days to visit a smattering of schools, reunite with a college friend, and co-present with Kim Beeman (@KimBeeman). Kim is the Head Librarian at Shrewsbury International School. She and I were graciously invited to Singapore by Katie Day (@librarianedge). Katie is the remarkably knowledgable, innovative, and inspiring Head of Libraries at UWCSEA East, and I met her at the Librarians’ Knowledge Sharing Workshop Kim hosted last month at her school in Bangkok. Kim and I are exceedingly excited to be here for the following two events:

Our first presentation is full of resources for educators to take control of their professional development, DIY PD. We hope to demonstrate a variety of models to actively learn and network via Twitter chats, unconferences, webinars, PLNs, digital spaces, and Google Hangouts. These are just a few of the ways to propel and sustain personal growth and join a vast online/offline participatory culture of learners.  

Our second presentation is about Digital Literacies and contains resources for ethically locating, gathering, and using digital media. We’ll also talk about standards, literacies, and citizenship.  

As per the TeachUp website: TeachUp is a mini-conference for anyone involved in teaching looking for peer-delivered professional development. Share and learn tried-and-tested new ideas with others. TeachUp meetings will take place three times a year and are for anyone involved in teaching: teachers, Heads of Departments, Principals, librarians, administrators and support staff.



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