Promoting Meaningful Making in Your School

April 5, 2018

Do you already have a makerspace, or are you looking to start one and you want to make sure it is more than just a fad or a gimmick? In this webinar, maker expert Nicholas Provenzano will share with you the many different ways to create an inclusive, meaningful and accessible makerspace that will allow students to explore and learn in the ways that matter most to them. Another important part of making is supporting the mindset that goes along with it. This Maker Mindset is what drives students and teachers to make, fail, learn and grow. Not all makerspaces are created equal, and this webinar will help you tailor your space to the needs of your students and your teachers.

After a brief introduction of what a makerspace in your school can look like, the conversation will shift to the different ways that educators can create meaningful opportunities for learning in the space. Different approaches to inclusion of all students and content areas will be explored as well as supporting students through failure and helping them understand that making is about the journey and the destination. Nicholas will also answer your specific questions at the end of the webinar to help you find ways to nurture the long-term growth of your makerspace.

You will learn:

  1. The different ways you can implement a makerspace and what it can look like at your school.
  2. What “meaningful making” actually means in a makerspace.
  3. How to create an inclusive making environment and support the Maker Mindset for all students and staff.
  4. Different ways to diversify your makerspace to support all students and staff.

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Presenter

Nicholas Provenzano

Nicholas Provenzano

Technology Coordinator and Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Michigan
Known as The Nerdy Teacher, Nicholas is the Technology Coordinator and Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Michigan, and is also a prolific author, speaker and consultant. He writes on his website, TheNerdyTeacher.com, Edutopia.org, and many other prominent educational websites. Nicholas has been featured on CNN.com, Education Week, The New York Times, and other media outlets and is the author of the best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces. In 2013, he was awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE. He is also a Google Certified Innovator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. Nicholas is sharing plenty of nerdy things on the Ideas and Inspiration site, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @thenerdyteacher.

Moderator

Matt Mulder

Matt Mulder

Executive Director of New Growth Initiatives at Demco, Inc.
Matt Mulder is Demco's Executive Director of New Growth Initiatives. Focusing on increasing community engagement, Matt develops solutions that help libraries understand their patrons’ needs and that achieve measurable impacts.