Speaking & PD

Speaking 2016

Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) April 17-20 2016 Atlanta

 Leading Cultural Change From Within Your Makerspace

Many schools are looking to establish a maker-space in their community. This will be a hands-on presentation of how makerspaces are affecting schools on a cultural level. In order to be truly transformative in the lives of our students we have had to embrace the idea that we must break down the traditional order that schools impose and rebuild from a true 21st century perspective. Students and faculty have to learn to value experimentation, collaboration, innovation and failure. This is the most important role of teachers within a maker-space.

We’ll go over popular learning projects from our maker spaces such as Lego Robotics, Cubelets, Makey Makeys etc.
Fred Jaravata Educational Innovation Coordinator, Convent & Stuart Hall, Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco
Leigh Northrup Dean of Innovation and Technology, Cannon School

iTeach 2016 by San Domenico, June 20-21, 2016

When we got approval to turn our old computer lab into a new maker-space, we first made a list of all the things we wanted – 3d printers, milling machines, soldering kits and laser cutters. We predicted technical challenges when we established our school’s maker-space last year. However, we were unprepared for the cultural rift it caused. The new Spark Studio challenged our school’s pedagogical tradition and inspired resistance from many faculty members. Join us for a frank discussion about our experiences establishing a maker-space from scratch – the lovely surprises and the unforeseen tensions that occurred.

Many schools are looking to establish a maker-space in their community. This will be a discussion of how maker-spaces are affecting schools on a cultural level. In order to be truly transformative in the lives of our students we have had to embrace the idea that we must break down the traditional order that schools impose and rebuild from a true 21st century perspective. Students and Faculty have to learn to value experimentation, collaboration, innovation and failure. This is the most important role of teachers within a maker-space.

The Design and Maker Class Colloquium (DMCC by California Teacher Development Collaborative) August 8-9, 2016

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ISTE San Diego  (poster session 2006 Dave McSpadden’s Renaissance/point) 2006, 2012
ISTE Philly (Poster session – learning diff boys/girls 2005
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STE San Diego 2007 Poster Session
ISTE San Antonio 2008
ISTE San Diego 2012

Big Ideas Fest (attendee)

ATLIS (Presenter, April 27, 2015)
Dive deep into maker spaces with us! Curated from the experiences of three different school maker spaces, this session will help you think deeply about maker space design and how this kind of learning environment can thrive in your own school. During this interactive session, we’ll take a look at several critical issues to success, including how maker spaces reflect the culture of the school, how the environment influences the actions in the space and how students make meaning from the space. We will end with a discussion of where to go next and how to sustain the momentum. This session is appropriate for you whether you are just considering a maker space or have already begun with your own space. You will leave with resources to go along with the stimulating conversations!

ATLIS Webinar (Presenter, Oct. 27, 2015)

iPad 2.0 Hillbrook Center for Teaching Excellence (2013)

EDRev SF 2015  Attention, Organization, & Planning

  • Distraction reducers
  • Apps to help manage time and tasks
  • Calendar software

EdREV SF 2014

GAFE 2013
eBackpack 2012
San Domenico’s iTeach 2012, 2013
Ramsey Mussallam 2012, 2013, 2014
Nueva Innovative Learning Conference Oct. 2013
BAISNet 2014
Castilleja’s Bourne Lab 2012, 2013
Nueva’s Innovative Learning Conference 2013
Lego Education 2007 Legoland
Common Sense Media Certification 2014, 2015
Screencasting with Quicktime workshop 2012
Youtube workshop 2013
Hour of Code 2013, 2014
Minecraft with 5th and 6th graders 2011-present
Weather Balloon Project 2013
Quadcopter Project 2014, 2015
Kerbal Space Station Project 2013-present
Design Thinking with H.E.A.R.T.
Lego Robotics 2012-present