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Monday, March 13 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
A Framework for Maker Education: Framing, Doing, and Reflecting on the STEAM Experiences

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Providing a framework for STEAM and maker education activities helps ensure that their use is intentional and that meaningful learning is extracted from these experiences. The educator, using such a framework, becomes proactive in framing or frontloading the maker experiences and in facilitating reflection after their completion. This, in turn, increases the chances that significant and deep learning occurs. Framing or frontloading is making clear the purpose of an activity prior to doing it; it helps to set purpose and intention for the activity. Reflecting on the maker activities after their completion can be done through a variety of methods: talking, writing, sketching, and using technology tools.  During this interactive and hands-on workshop, you will experience this framework for maker education through doing maker activities (e.g., paper circuits and/or Gami-bots) that are introduced through framing or frontloading and then by trying out different types of reflection and sharing out techniques upon completion of the activities. This workshop can assist both educators and their students to become empowered learners, creative problem solvers, and discerning innovators.

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Dr. Jackie Gerstein

Gifted education teacher, Santa Fe Public Schools
Dr. Jackie Gerstein teaches gifted education at two Title 1 schools within  Santa Fe Public Schools; and graduate-level online courses for Walden and Antioch Universities. She is the author of the book Learning in the Making: How to Plan, Execute, and Assess Powerful Makerspace... Read More →

Monday March 13, 2023 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT