Week 11

EDET 677 Week 11 Essential Question: How have you, and will you continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?

I’ve been taking technology courses to stay current with ways I can use technology in the classroom. I would like to continue taking classes and build on my knowledge and learn more ways I can implement technology into my curriculum.

CMK (Constructing Modern Knowledge) is a summer institute that was created in an attempt to help educators have that non-coercive constructionist learning experience in all subjects and grade levels, (Martinez, et.al., loc 4477). Their goals are to design professional learning experiences that can change the teacher’s perspective on learning, allow engagement in complex project development, and provide first-hand experiences with materials (loc. 4491). This institute allowed teachers to collaborate, tinker, and create in a material-rich environment (Martinez, et.al., loc 4477). The learning environment at CMK consists of books, art supplies, laptops, robotics materials, LEGO, electronics, toys, recycled objects, bubble blowing machines, construction kits, 3D printers, cameras, etc., (loc. 4507). It’s designed to encourage project-based learning, classroom centers, and collaboration to support their goal of “learning by doing.”

Constructing Modern Knowledge is something else I’d like to attend. It would be a great way for me to see and experience first hand what a makerspace is.

I’d like to use the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) resource to effectively teach STEM education through three platforms: curriculum development and dissemination, PD for teachers, and educational research and evaluation. EiE serves teachers and students in elementary grade levels (K-8). This program helps teachers build their skills and confidence in teaching engineering and technology.

Another resource that I’d use to keep my students and myself current with modern technology, is FabLab@School. FabLab is committed to integrating the principles of constructionist learning, known as “making” into formal and informal K-12 education.

There are a lot of resources Martinez listed in Chapter 14. I plan to keep that list handy and use what will work for my classroom.

 

Resources:

Engineering is Elementary. (n.d.). Retrieved July 27, 2016, from http://www.eie.org/

FabLearn. (n.d.). Retrieved July 27, 2016, from http://fablearn.stanford.edu/

Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Retrieved July 27, 2016.

 

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  1. As teachers, we’ve heard many times before about the need to “stay current” on educational research and strategies. However, after taking this course, I feel more motivated to do so and honestly not so afraid of learning new things and the stumbling that it entails. It looks like you have come to a similar conclusion, and are looking at ways to continue to stay up-to-date with technology and makerspaces. From what we’ve read about CMK, it sounds like an experience that can pay huge dividends for us and for our students. I wish you the best of luck in attending this. I hope you get to go! Thank you for sharing the Engineering is Elementary and FabLab@School resources. These look like great places to get ideas for projects you can start working into your classroom. Yep, I’m going to keep the list of resources from Chapter 14 close at hand too. Cheers, Genevieve!

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