Dr. Gary Stager will be leading a day-long hands-on Invent To Learn workshop for Independent Schools Victoria in their West Melbourne seminar room.
All Teachers, Teacher Librarians
Independent Schools Victoria have been fortunate in securing Dr Gary Stager to present a one-day workshop to our Member Schools – Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom.
Dr Stager will run a full day of serious fun and problem solving in a program suitable for teachers in all subject areas, and where computing meets tinkering and design. The workshop begins with the case for project-based learning, making, tinkering and engineering. Next, participants will discuss strategies for effective prompt-setting, view examples of students engaged in complex problem-solving with new game-changing technologies and identify lessons for your own classroom practice. Powerful ideas from the Reggio Emilia Approach, breakthroughs in science education, and the global maker movement combine to create rich learning experiences.
Participants will have the chance to tinker with a range of exciting new low and high-tech construction materials that can really amplify the potential of your students. The day culminates in the planning of a classroom project based on the Think-Make-Improve (TMI) design model.
Participants will learn:
Fabrication with cardboard and found materials, wearable computing, Arduino, robotics, conductive ink and computer programming are all on the menu.
Bring a laptop and your imagination. We’ll supply the rest (craft materials, art supplies, construction elements). Invention is the mother of learning.
About the presenter:
Gary Stager is one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms. In 1990, Dr Stager led professional learning in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher and school administrator. A primary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through to doctoral studies. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators and co-author of the best-selling book, Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. When not on the road, speaking or consulting, Dr Stager serves as the Special Assistant to the Head of School for Innovation at The Willows Community School in Culver City, California. Dr Stager’s work has earned a PhD in Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Melbourne and a Grammy Award. Gary is also on the advisory board of the National Science Foundation funded project, Bringing a Rigourous Computer Science Course to the Largest School System in the United States of America.