Session at EduTECH

EdutechMegan and I were honoured to be invited to run a breakout session at EduTECH 2015….wow! As our focus has been on setting up a makerspace within a junior library…..that is what it was about. Our session was not until late in the afternoon of the second day so we were able to enjoy and learn so much from many international speakers on how technology is or should be used within our schools, in particularly, within the classroom. Speakers such as Eric Mazur, Super-Awesome Sylvia (more about Sylvia later!), David Price, Shannon Miller and Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs…..and many more!

During our session we ‘told’ our story as good TL’s do! We used this EduTECH4Blog  power point (has been shortened to fit blog upload requirements) as a guide of our journey and many links to useful sites for resources and ideas.

We spent some time in the makerspace lounge and made some ‘wearable art’…..not so sure ours would be in fashion but it was fun and certainly an activity we will have available for our girls next term. We were also able to play with Little Bits which is a fun and safe way for ‘little people’ to build circuits and ‘make’ things happen. Again we will be purchasing a few kits to add to our ever increasing supply of makerspace equipment.

Our bragging photos with Gary Stager (Invent to Learn fame!) Super-Awesome Sylvia (really is awesome!) and our stunning wearable art!!!!

gary Sylvia Wearable

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!