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Wednesday, November 7 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Making It Fun Again

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“Making” It Fun Again will share how the students and teachers of Bancroft School are using “making” and digital learning to make learning fun again.   This session is designed for K-5 educators.  The focus of this session is to show how using making principles along with digital learning educators can nurture curiosity, motivate and support student learning and achievement.  In today’s society students need to be able to create and think outside of the box.  Using maker skills along with strong digital literacy students are set up for success. Participants will learn about the evolution of the Bancroft MakerStudio. Its start from as a small movement and how it spread school wide.  The Bancroft MakerStudio is a place where children can explore how to build different objects, inventions, or gadgets. The objective of the MakerStudio is to provide children the freedom of innovative experimentation and exploration. The MakerStudio allows students to learn to be creative in their  expression of thoughts and ideas. How do we help children accomplish this objective? We create a space that has the materials, tools and the appropriate space to spread out and work alone or collaboratively with others. The end product is either a new creation or a representation of an idea. The challenge for any educator is time.  How did I fit it all in?  How can we go to the MakerStudio and still finish our prescribe curriculum.  During this session,time will be spent exploring how to make curriculum more maker.  Specific examples of classroom tested projects will be shown

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Tim Harkins

Digital Learning Coach, Bancroft Elementary School
Tim Harkins is a Digital Learning Coach at Bancroft School in Andover.  He has worked in the Andover Public Schools over 16 years.  Over the years, he has taught 2nd and 5th grade and provided countless hours of professional development in the areas of digital learning, engineering... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Silver Ballroom 3