Learning Forward 2016

Learning Forward 2016 Conference Overview.

Workshop designed & facilitated by: Paula MacDowell & Rachel Ralph

Design and Technology Curriculum: Integration, Implementation, and Assessment
Hands-on design and technology workshop for K-12 classrooms. Participants will be introduced to a variety of maker education activities and creative pedagogical approaches for integrating applied design, skills, and technology into their current teaching practices. This is an ideal workshop for participants to explore what design and technology curricula are capable of, why they matter, how they contribute to makerspaces, and innovative strategies for assessment.


Click here to download our “myths of makerspaces” slide PDF

Watch our makerspace myths:

Myth #1: You need lots of money to create a makerspace

Myth #2: You need a permanent lab in your school

Myth #3: There’s no way to assess the learning

Myth #4: Makerspaces are for the high-tech guys & hackers

Participant Outcomes:
This session will provide attendees with hands-on experiences and a practical framework for integrating, implementing, and assessing new curricular outcomes in design and technology education. Participants will benefit from learning how to create a classroom (or school) makerspace and inspire their students to learn by designing, tinkering, hacking, and inventing.

Guiding Questions:
How can technology be leveraged as a resource for professional learning? How can technology be integrated into instruction to deepen teacher practice and student learning? How can technology be used to provide meaningful feedback and improve teaching practices? What strategies, tools, and resources can aid educators in creating effective technology-rich learning environments and communities? How can technology be used transform and facilitate professional learning?

Meaningful implementation of technologies into K-12 classrooms offers many possibilities for educational transformation and innovation. By exploring and analyzing curricular outcomes, educators can reflect on practices for successful integration. By participating in the development of instructional examples and strategies, appropriate pedagogical integration can also be successful. Teachers will find new ways to assess and reflect on student learning. Professional development will further mentoring and continue to influence reflective practice and the design of creative learning environments. Furthermore, as we move forward in the 21st century, we can integrate technological advancements (e.g., coding and makerspaces) into traditional classroom settings.

Emerging Issues:
What future issues need to be addressed to ensure educators are teaching 21st century skills? How do we ensure educators are preparing students for today’s global competition? What innovations will shape professional learning in the coming decade?