#SXSWedu: #InventionLiteracy, #Makered Mentor, and Book Signing

 

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SXSWedu is just around the corner! I’m super excited because it will be an action-packed three days. If you are in Austin for the event, there will be lots of #teched events and great sessions planned.

Maker Mentor

On Tuesday March 7th, I’m part of the mentorship program, and I have a few open mentor slots left. This unique experience offers “curious attendees 10 minutes with a one-on-one mentor.” You can sign up for one of these spots and chat with me about:

  • Beginning your own makerspace journey. We can discuss startup resources to complement maker supplies based on interested topics like: coding/programming, robotics, invention, circuitry, and digital fabrication.
  • Bringing creativity into classrooms, library programming, and daily lesson planning.
  • Gaining creative confidence and how it can embolden you and your students to believe that they can have an idea and find a way to make it come to life and change our world.

Maker Ed Meetup

Tuesday, March 7th, in the evening there will be a Maker Educator meet-up with food, drink, making, and meeting other awesome maker educators. It’s from 6-8 pm and the location is still being decided. Thanks to Maker Ed and Cognizant for hosting!

Core Convo on Invention Literacy

After my core convo at SXSWedu in 2015, I decided it was one of the best ways to learn alongside conference attendees. In a Core Convo, the audience is an integral part of the session since the session leaders ask the big questions and field responses from attendees.

Jay Silver (of Makey Makey Fame) and I will be leading an hour long conversation on “Reaching 95% Invention Literacy.” We need your voice and your thoughts, so save this session info and come join the conversation on Wednesday, March 8th from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Salon C of the JW Marriott.

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YOU need to be a part of this core convo on Invention Literacy!

Enjoy a casual chat with the co-inventor of Makey Makey, and a Maker Enthusiast/Teacher Librarian, about the importance of Invention Literacy as a missing literacy in Education.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss techniques to embolden students with Creative Confidence and the power to change the world!
  2. Discuss how invention literacy can prepare students for a job market that has yet to be defined.
  3. Define tips and objectives for reaching 95% Invention Literacy on many grade levels.

Book Signing

After the Invention Literacy session, Aaron and I will be signing The Big Book of Makerspace Projects  on Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center. (Wednesday, March 8 at 3:30pm-4:00pm)

Other Sessions to Attend

I’m pretty stoked to see these sessions by other awesome maker educators:

Can’t wait to see you there! Please comment below to let readers know about other great sessions to attend!

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Read these Blogs- Educator Innovator and School Leaders Now

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If you remember my post about writing and making after the National Writing Project, you’ll enjoy this article discussing  “Why the School Library is the Perfect Place for Maker Education” on the Educator Innovator blog.

I’m still thinking about the thought process by my collaborative group session where teachers discussed the idea of revision as debugging and writing drafts as iterations. This combined with the cyclical nature of both writing, making, and inquiry are a great way to teach educators new ideas about incorporating making into their classes.

I was also interviewed for School Leaders Now blog about makerspaces for the free download “7 Ways Schools Will Change by 2020.” I stressed the importance of speaking with the community before making big purchases, and starting simple with the intent of expanding over time.

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Head on over and check out both articles: