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Ready, Set, Make (B311)

[Explore and create : BYOD]

Tuesday, June 28, 12:30–1:30 pm
CCC Mile High Ballroom 1 E/F

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You'll spend part of this session making with experts from around the country and the other part of the session engaged in a thoughtful discussion on how to bring makerspaces to their school.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Constructivist learning/maker movement
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Students : Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Creativity and innovation
Additional detail: ISTE Professional Learning Network pick

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To give attendees a first hand experience Making to give them a better understand of what students would be doing in their makerspaces and to provide support from experts across the country on how to support student learning through the use of Makerspaces.


Upon completion of this session, participants will:

Have experience in different types of making activities.
Have a collection of resources to support creating Makerspaces in their school.
Grow their PLN by connecting with other educators who support the Making movement.
Engage in discussion on Making to gain a better understanding of how it can impact learning environments.

Goal: Attendees will feel comfortable implementing a Makerspace in their classroom, school, or district and will have supporting resources to guide them through the process.


5 minutes - Introductions and explaining the Makerspace ideal.

30 minutes - Breaking the room into groups to do their own making with Makerspace experts.

25 minutes - Panel discussion addressing the questions from attendees and sharing resources for attendees to use after the session is over.

Supporting research

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? -

Honey, M and Kanter, D. (eds.) (2013). Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators. Routledge.

Martinez, S.L. and Stager, G. (2013). Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.

NYSCI Issues Report on Innovation, Education and the Maker Movement. (2013) Proceedings from the Innovation, Education, and the Maker Movement Workshop. New York Hall of Science.
Pepper, K and Bender, S. (2013). Maker Movement Spreads Innovation One Project at a Time: Lessons Learned from the Grassroots Spreading of the "Maker Movement". Phi Delta Kappan , Vol. 95, No. 3.

Lamers, M., Verbeek, F. van der Putten, P. (2013). Tinkering in Scientific Education: Lecture Notes in Computer Science in Advances in Computer Entertainment, Volume 8253, pp 568-571.

Lamers, M., Verbeek, F. van der Putten, P. (2014). Observations on Tinkering in Scientific Education in Entertaining the Whole World, Human–Computer Interaction Series, pp 137-145.

Wagner, T. (2012) Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Scribner.

Expert Advice: Make More Time for Play by Suzie Boss



favorites Steve Dembo, Teach42

favorites Sherry Gick, Five-Star Technology Solutions

Sherry Gick is the Library & Instructional Technology Specialist for Rossville Consolidated Schools. Follow her on Twitter @SherryGick

favorites Elissa Malespina, Somerville Middle School Library

Elissa Malespina is the Teacher Librarian at Somerville Middle School in New Jersey. She is also the incoming ISTE Librarians Network President Elect and the author of Augmented Reality in Education - Bringing Interactivity to Libraries and Classrooms coming out in August 2017. She is also a PBS Learning Media Local Digital Innovator and the 2014 Bammy Award Winner - School Librarian Category. She can be found on twitter at @elissamalespina &

favorites Nicholas Provenzano, The Nerdy Teacher

Teacher.Leader.Learner.Nerd/MACUL and ISTE Teacher of the Year/Google Certified Innovator/T2T Community Advisory Committee #T2TCAC/The Lady Gaga of Teaching

favorites Bill Selak, Hillbrook School

Bill Selak is the Director of Technology at Hillbrook School in Silicon Valley, and adjunct faculty member at Concordia University and Krause Center for Innovation. He is an ISTE 2014 Kay L. Bitter Vision Award recipient, ISTE 2013 Emerging Leader, Google Certified Innovator, and served on the California State Superintendent’s Education Technology Task Force. Bill has been on the planning teams of EdCampSFBay and EdCampLA. Bill has presented on music in the classroom, taking risks in education, visual literacy, video in the classroom, flipped classrooms, online professional development, publishing with iBooks, and photography in the classroom. #eduawesome

favorites Kelly Tenkely, Anastasis Academy

KELLY TENKELY an educational change maker and the founder and administrator of Anastasis Academy in Denver, Colorado where she is revolutionizing education with a new school model. This model is focused on students with names, collaboration, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary/inquiry based learning in a 1:1 iPad environment. Kelly is also working on The Learning Genome Project, a technology platform that will make the Anastasis model of education available to all children. Kelly is the organizer of the 5Sigma Education Conference. Kelly was previously a teacher, technology integration specialist, organizer of the Reform Symposium conference, and education consultant.Kelly Tenkely is an educational change maker. Kelly has been a teacher, technology integration specialist, educational consultant, prolific blogger, education reform conference organizer, and speaker. Most recently, Kelly imagined a new model of education, one that is honoring to students as unique individuals. Kelly started a preschool through 8th grade school, Anastasis Academy, based on this model. She is diligently working on her latest invention, The Learning Genome Project, to make the Anastasis model of education available to all children.