2019 promises great opportunities for physical computing and coding featuring remarkable new technologies. This workshop will introduce remarkable new technologies that may be used today to amplify the potential of each learner and expand the breadth, depth, and range of projects possible.
Learn how Scratch 3.0, micro:bits, Hummingbird Bit robotics kit, Circuit Playground Express, Microsoft Makecode, microblocks, and other emerging technology can supercharge project-based learning across the curriculum. Not only is it unprecedented for as much computational power to be accessible to children and usable in a playful creative fashion, but the low cost of these materials democratize powerful learning opportunities. These technologies and related constructive materials create great opportunities to bring progressive education ideals to life in any school. They also provide a fertile context for learning coding, engineering, and physical computing. During the workshop, we will also discuss how such technologies may be used to address the Digital Learning Technologies curriculum effectively.
The workshop is being hosted by one of our favourite and most progressive schools. It is less than a 5-minute walk from the Clifton Hill Train Station and 10-minute walk from the Route 86 Tram Stop on Queen’s Parade. Street parking is available. Lunch is included in the registration fee.
Space is limited!
2 November 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Spensley Street Primary School
193 Spensley St
Clifton Hill VIC 3068
Note: The online web registration site will charge $285 (USD)
Credit cards only please for simplicity purposes
Who should attend?
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 development 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. An elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators.
Dr. Stager is co-author of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, called the “bible of the maker movement in schools,” by Larry Magid of CBS and The San Jose Mercury News. Legendary educator/author Herbert Kohl called Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom “a persuasive, powerful, and useful reconceptualization of progressive education for digital times.”
When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary’s doctoral dissertation and documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project.
Dr. Stager’s work has earned a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education and contributed to the winning of a Grammy Award.
Gary is also on the advisory board of the NSF-funded project, BJC4NYC: Bringing a Rigorous Computer Science Principles Course to the Largest School System in the US.
In addition to his many accomplishments, Gary Stager is a licensed preschool – eighth grade teacher, has made numerous visits to Reggio Emilia, and has worked closely with several of its leading educators.