Gary Stager will be a keynote speaker and lead breakout sessions at this conference in Bogota, Colombia.
Beyond Creativity: Educating for an Uncertain World
Join Dr. Gary Stager as he makes the case for embracing modernity as a way of preserving the finest traditions of child development and preparing children to solve problems neither their parents or teachers can imagine. As a father, grandfather, and veteran educator, Gary remains optimistic that each kid can realize their potential if parents and educators are courageous enough to stand on the side of children. During his presentation, Gary will illustrate how learning-by-doing, new technological materials, and timeless craft traditions can supercharge the learning process. He will encourage us to educate for the the future of our kids, rather than our past, and demonstrate how not all screens are created equally. Along the way, he will share evidence of educators more than up to this herculean challenge.
- Learn how to prepare children to solve problems that neither their parents or teachers can imagine
- Understand how emerging technology may amplify the potential of each student
- See how learning-by-doing, new technological materials, and timeless craft traditions can supercharge the learning process
A Conversation with Gary Stager
Dr. Gary Stager is considered one of the world’s leading authority on learning-by-doing, robotics, computer programming, and the maker movement in classrooms. He led professional development in the world’s first “laptop schools” 28 years ago, created one of the first online Masters degree programs for educators, worked with severely at-risk learners, and collaborated with Seymour Papert for two decades. Over the past thirty-five years, he has worked in schools on six continents and taught learners from preschool through the doctoral level. This session represents a rare opportunity to ask questions and engage in freewheeling discussions about the future of education following his conference keynote.
Teaching Coding and Physical Computing
Learn how a project-approach to computer programming, robotics, and physical computing can serve a diverse student population while developing your own skills. This workshop will explore powerful ideas from computer science and engineering that may be employed in the solving of problems across the curriculum. A review of software and hardware options will be explored in addition to two focused programming and robotics activities. Participants will also have experience with the BBC Micro:bit and other low-cost “microcontroller development boards” offering great potential for learning through making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.
Reinventing Children’s Mathematics
There may be no greater gap between a discipline and the teaching done in its name than when the beauty, power and mystery of mathematics become math instruction. One can only begin to address the systemic challenges of math education by understanding the nature of mathematics and the power of computing. Nearly 100 years of efforts to increase achievement with unchanged curricular content continues to fail spectacularly; yet, we do not change course. This state-of-affairs undermines other efforts at school progress. Surely, the widespread availability of computational technology demands new pedagogical approaches and a new diet of mathematics.