professional development

upcoming programs

Register here for the following engaging programs:

Byte-Sized AI: Artificial Intelligence for the Early Grades

* This Workshop has been Canceled. *

Once the stuff of science fiction, artificial intelligence tools are now even used by our youngest learners. But as AI instruction for young elementary students grows, there is a need for educators who can provide it in thoughtful, engaging and play-based ways – often unplugged.

Spend the morning learning about artificial intelligence and participating in accessible and fun activities designed or inspired by Carnegie Mellon University, the International Society for Technology in Education and other experts in the field. Then plan and practice your own plugged or unplugged AI-inspired lessons.

Act 48 credits available.

DATE:
Monday, January 16, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

COST:
$75

MaKEY MaKEY: Beyond Banana Pianos

If you’ve mastered the basics of Makey Makey and wonder where to go next, take invention to an expert level with our Makey Makey-certified educators. We’ll explore more thoughtful ways to integrate human-computer interaction into the design process, dig deeper into coding and experiment with more advanced project possibilities. Collaborate with colleagues to engage in design challenges that will spark your ingenuity and creativity, and plan a project or challenge to bring joy to your learners.

Act 48 credits available.

DATE:
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
1:00  – 4:00 pm

COST:
$40

MAKE Literacy Come ALIVE

Sometimes even the most engaging lesson breaks down when you introduce reading and writing tasks. This breakdown has caused all sorts of “fixes,” from listening to books being read to watching movie versions of books. These strategies may help students stay on pace to discuss material and participate in class, but do little to help them read complex text, much less write about it.

This session will explore how to use “making” and art to help engage students in literacy, as well as strategies for annotating, note taking, writing and interpreting above-grade-level text to empower students.

Act 48 credits available.

DATE:
Friday, January 27, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

COST:
$75

Tactile Algorithms, Touchable Shapes: The Joy of Fiber Arts, Math & Computing

Fiber arts provide a great way to make abstract mathematical concepts and coding processes more concrete. In fact, the history of computing is tied to the history of fiber arts more deeply than you may realize.

In this session, you’ll discover the connections between fiber arts and essential skills and concepts in math, geometry and computer science. See how various fiber art techniques – and the joy that comes from them – are easily replicated in any learning environment. Then collaborate with other educators to create your own fiber-based lesson. You’ll leave wanting to do more!

Act 48 credits available.

DATE:
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

COST:
$75

Reimagine Your Resources: Found Sculpture & More

Got junk? Congratulations – you also got art, the makings of a fantastic hands-on lesson and many other possibilities.

Learn creative and meaningful uses of everything from old toys and crumpled paper to broken crayons, dried paint and old computer parts – or the supplies you’re looking for the perfect way to use. Brainstorm with museum educators and other participants to create your own masterpiece.  You’ll leave with a treasure trove of new supplies for your learning environment.

Act 48 credits available.

DATE:
Friday, March 17, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

COST:
$75

Give Me a Cricut: Computer Cutting Machines 101

Cricuts and similar devices are revolutionizing the DIY world for educators and crafters alike. But the technology is still unfamiliar – and even intimidating – for many.

This workshop is perfect for those with access to a cutting machine who want to try it out and those curious about what the fuss is about. Our educators will walk you through setting up the machine, navigating the app and exploring basic design tools. Learn how to turn your ideas into artifacts and take your designs further with new materials and techniques. You will leave confident and inspired.

Act 48 credits available.

Saturday, May 6, 2023
9:00 am – Noon

COST:
$40

Make Your Cricut Sing: Computer Cutting Machines 102

This workshop will take you beyond basic design tasks of cutting machines and guide you to achieve more thoughtful and useful end products while conserving your materials. Perfect for those familiar with their computer cutting machine who areready to take their skills and work to an expert level.

Act 48 credits available.

Saturday, May 6, 2023
1:00 – 4:00 pm

COST:
$40

making a difference educator guide

Explores how empowerment through making can be translated to other challenges that students face, specifically within the realm of injustice and inequity.

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