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FabLearn 2019

March 9, 2019 - March 10, 2019

Sylvia will be the opening keynote and lead a workshop at FabLearn 2019 at Columbia University Teachers College, New York City, NY.

Keynote: Making the Future: The Future of Making
March 9, 2019

Making in education connects educators around the world in a quest to make education more authentic and relevant. We stand on the shoulders of giants who articulated new understandings of what learning could be and new ways to explore powerful ideas. In the present, we strive to deepen our commitment to provide authentic learning opportunities for all young people. We look into the future to see what the children in today’s classrooms will experience, and support them as they become changemakers and global citizens.

Together, let’s explore the past, present, and future of making in education so that we can equip children with the tools and mindset to solve the challenges of the future, and make the world a better place for all.

Workshop: Making Making Sustainable: A Collective Blueprint For the Future
GDH 541 (to be confirmed) Sunday March 10, 2019
Facilitators: Sylvia Martinez (Invent to Learn, USA)

ABSTRACT: Will making in education have a lasting effect on education, or will it become just another “new new thing” that is overtaken by some newer new thing? This workshop will be a working group to create a blueprint of items and actions that the participants believe will help make “making” in education a sustainable practice in schools worldwide. The nature of the blueprint will be the first item of conversation, followed by brainstorming on topics. I expect these topics will be things like: classroom practices, research needed, professional development, teacher certification, resources, policies, assessment, and curriculum. However, the group may come up with other topics.

More about FabLearn 2019: 8th Annual Conference on Maker Education

March 9th – 10th, 2019, Teachers College, Columbia University
2019 Conference theme: What Role does Maker Education Play in a World with Growing Social and Environmental Challenges?
The FabLearn Conference, in-Cooperation with Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI), brings together key influencers and thought-leaders from around the world in education, policy-making, academia, design, research, and maker communities to learn, present, and discuss digital fabrication in education, the maker culture, hands-on learning, and instructional tools.

The two-day conference features:

  • World-renowned keynote speakers
  • Panels of cutting-edge researchers and educators
  • Demonstrations of the latest technology
  • Immersive hands-on workshops

The conference has two primary goals:

  • Establishing the current “state of the field” by gathering information about the work conducted by those in the field
  • Disseminating information about best practices and tools, and connecting researchers with practitioners, policy-makers, and pioneering educators.


March 9, 2019
March 10, 2019
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