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Snap1B: Carving Out Time for All Students to Experience the Makerspace

Location: W176bc, Table 2

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Listen and learn : Snapshot

Monday, June 25, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: W176bc, Table 2

Kevin Jarrett   Kim Sivick   Dr. Mordechai Smolarcik  
Learn how one school took an overloaded dual-curriculum schedule and provided every student with a maker experience. Multi-disciplinary classes and videoconferencing enhanced and extended learning. With creative scheduling, students had the opportunity to “make something that matters,” using their hands, heads and hearts in a well-equipped makerspace.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Administrators and Educators must adapt creative scheduling to give every student the opportunity to explore, design and create.

Schedules are always a challenge and interdisciplinary opportunities are rarely given the needed time. This session will introduce creative scheduling, reinforce the benefits of such collaboration and offer participants a chance to discuss their school's challenges and possible solutions.

Lecture and small breakout groups will give participants the opportunity to learn from one another.

The success of one school's block scheduling involving multiple disciplines will be discussed and departmental teacher reflections will be shared.

Evidence of success will be demonstrated via a short highlight video.


topic - Creative scheduling to give every student a chance to create in the MakerSpace. Specific attention will be given to schools with highly academic and dual curriculums.

Speakers - each speaker will introduce themselves and their roles both in the school and as a remote educator

The deconstruction process and rebuilding of a 1st-8th grade schedule
photos of the space, students and projects
student, faculty, administrative and parent reflections

Supporting research

What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?

What Makes a Great Makerspace? By John K. Waters 10/20/16

STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids by Anne Carey, Ana Dziengel

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace
by Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves

Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for Fab Labs and Makerspacesby Paulo Blikstein and Sylvia Libow Martinez

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Kevin Jarrett, Firewalker Consulting

Kevin Jarrett is an award-winning teacher-educator, author, speaker, and respected STEM / Maker Education consultant. Everything he does is grounded in the belief that giving students the opportunity to imagine and create innovative solutions to real-world problems helps them develop the skills, dispositions, and adaptable mindset needed to survive and thrive in an uncertain future. He also believes that making in general and the school maker movement in specific presents a unique opportunity to put students in charge of their own learning. He helps schools embrace maker-centered educational programs, by designing awe-inspiring learning spaces and experiences.

Kim Sivick, Katz Hillel Day School

Kim Sivick is the Director of Technology Innovation at the Katz Hillel Day School. Kim’s journey includes time as a classroom teacher and a technology coordinator. Kim served as the Director of Organizational and Professional Development at the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. Kim is a co-founder of Edcamp, a non-profit global organization devoted to free, participant-driven professional development for teachers. She has presented at numerous educational conferences including NAIS, TABS, ISTE, and ASCD. Kim has received several awards and accolades including an invitation to Microsoft Headquarters to participate in the National Microsoft Innovative Educators Forum.

Dr. Mordechai Smolarcik, Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton

Rabbi Dr. Smolarcik was one of 25 regional awardees of the 2016 Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education recognizing talented educators in North America who utilize 21st-century skills in their classrooms. In Addition, his iPad based Talmud curriculum was funded by the Mayberg Family Foundation in their annual Jewish Education Innovation Challenge grant. Smolarcik, a faculty member of Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, is the school's Talmud & Technology chair and a Middle School Judaic teacher. Smolarcik has been involved in Jewish education for more than 30 years and has a doctorate in clinical psychology.

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