Updated – Speaker and Booking Page

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2017 Workshop Offerings

I’ve had a lot of emails lately asking about keynotes, workshop ideas, and speaker rates. Therefore, I’m updating my speaker and booking information page with new workshops for a new school year.  As maker education continues to grow, my workshops and keynotes will change and focus more and more on incorporating maker mindset into existing curriculum.

(Please contact me for pricing and scheduling information. Other workshops are available per request. I can tailor keynotes and workshops based on your school’s needs.)

Full Day Introduction to Makerspace Culture (Ideal for schools new to making or with little experience.)

AM SESSIONS

  • Sketchnotes and Maker Journals (30 min)
  • Setting Goals and Mission Statements for Making (30 min)
  • Makerspace Tools and Materials Exploration (2 hours):
    • Cardboard
    • Makey Makey
    • littleBits
    • Circuits – Paper and Sewing

PM SESSIONS

  • Literacy Connections and Design Challenges (2 hours):
    • Blackout Poetry and Scratch
    • Iggy Peck Architect and LEGO challenge
    • Picture Book Plots and Stop Motion Videos
  • Design Thinking (1 hour)
    • Walk and Talk Etymology
    • Design Thinking Experience
  • Reflection
    • Flipgrid Reflection
    • Journal Reflection

Full Day Advanced Makerspace Workshop (For schools that have started some extracurricular programming, but want to embed making in the curriculum.)

AM SESSIONS

  • Zero to Maker Immersion- Invention Literacy Workshop (3 hours)
    • Sketchnotes and Maker Journals
    • Material Exploration and Lab Testing
    • Exploring Ideas and Embedding Inquiry and Maker Research
    • Prototyping
    • Curriculum Connection Ideas

PM SESSIONS

  • Literacy Connections and Design Challenges (2 hours):
    • Blackout Poetry and Scratch
    • Iggy Peck Architect and LEGO challenge
    • Picture Book Plots and Stop Motion Videos
  • Design Thinking (1 hour)
    • Walk and Talk Etymology
    • Design Thinking Challenge
  • Reflection
    • Flipgrid Reflection
    • Journal Reflection

Makey Makey Educator Certification (Each participant  becomes a Makey Makey Certified Educator AND gets to take home a Makey Makey! Retail value $49.95)

AM SESSIONS

  • Invention Literacy Workshop focused on Makey Makey

PM SESSIONS

  • Invention Literacy Workshop focused on Makey Makey
  • Makey Makey Poetry Explorations

Big Book of Makerspace Projects Workshop

(Guided workshops for teachers or students based on projects from our #bigmakerbook )

AM SESSIONS

  • Low Cost Projects (Balloon, Scribblebots)
  • littleBits and Cardboard
  • Makey Makey Switches

PM SESSIONS

  • Learn to Program Robots
  • Design and Create Obstacle Mazes
  • Programming Races

Scratch for Educators

(Guided workshops for teachers to give them creative confidence in utilizing Scratch for core curriculum concepts.)

AM SESSIONS

  • Getting to Know Scratch- Hands on (1.5 hours)
  • Scratch for Storytelling (1.5 hours)

PM SESSIONS

  • Scratch and Poetry (1.5 hours)
  • Scratch Quizzes, Variables, and Makey Makey (1.5 hours)

Fees

Contact me for fees as they can vary according to your needs. Consulting is available on-site or via video conferencing. I can tailor sessions to meet your needs after speaking with you about your school, your community environment, and age of students. During the school year I have a limited amount of days for consulting, so please contact me early as these book rather quickly.

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#FETC wrap-up! Design Challenges, Maker Ed Breakfast with Sylvia Martinez, and Other Takeaways

Design Challenge Workshop

Whew! FETC was a whirlwind of fun! Diana Rendina and I held a workshop based on our upcoming book: Challenge Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace. (We missed you Aaron Graves!) My favorite part was watching our participants create things based on our design challenges.

Along with active learning, I love how collaborative challenges like this get our learners to talk about their thinking. The think-aloud process is a great way to hear a glimpse into the way our students think especially when making and problem-solving. Check out these participants that wanted to build a bridge across tables and joked about making fire with tissue paper as something their LEGO minifigure had to avoid when crossing a bridge!

Another fun aspect of this workshop is that we asked our learners to find a way to share their work through video. So some of them made time-lapse videos while others created videos with the Boomerang app.

Our first challenge lasted longer than expected, but even though we ran out of time, some participants asked me to do a quick tutorial on how to create Makey Makey Poetry with Scratch.

I borrowed an idea from another favorite Maker Librarian of mine, David Saunders, and showed them how to make “black out poetry” interactive with Makey Makey. Here is the Scratch game where we collaboratively recorded voices to make the poem interactive.

Maker Librarian Breakfast with Sylvia Martinez

Another great offering at FETC, was the FAME breakfast where Sylvia Martinez (CMK Press, Invent to Learn author, and amazing maker ed speaker) spoke about the importance of making and libraries.

Key Points included:

  • Libraries provide equitable access to making FOR ALL STUDENTS.
  • Libraries are communal hubs. In other words, librarians are generally experts about their own school community! We are “community-based” spaces and “creation-focused” places.
  • Making is not a shopping list.
  • Makerspace myth (reiterated)-Makerspaces  DO NOT EQUAL 3D printing. In other words, you can’t buy a 3D printer and check “makerspace” off your to do list.
  • The best making has a low threshold with a high ceiling, and many, many avenues of possibilities and endless creations and iterations.
  • The best makerspaces are “staffed by people who can help.”

Other Cool Stuff

I attended a super quick and fast hip-hop session and then followed Magic Pants Jones to a BreakoutEDU session by Adam Bellow and was stoked to learn about these Breakout reflection cards !

Leftovers

I found out about some really cool timeline and story-mapping applications by Knightlab in a session called “Leftovers with Leslie.”

  • Timeline JS  -Check out the Women in Computing timeline. These would be great for instruction or student work!
  • Storymaps is super cool too! It allows you to tell stories with maps, so I think social studies’ teachers would find it particularly intriguing. It lets you tell stories based on where the events took place across a map.
  • Soundcite – another great tool from Knightlab. You can embed SOUNDS in your writing! (#mindblown)
  • Flippity.net uses Google Sheets and I’m pretty stoked to share the Mad Libs with my 7 YO.

All in all it was a great conference and I met and spoke with so many impassioned educators!