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Let's MAKE a Deal!

Location: W181a

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 24, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: W181a

Adam Bellow   Jennifer Bond   Steve Dembo   Sherry Gick   Michael Medvinsky   Nicholas Provenzano   Mary Wever  
Stuff your bag with random gadgets and brush up on your maker knowledge and you may get chosen to play Let's MAKE a Deal! See live demonstrations of exemplary maker experiences from leaders within the maker movement while members of the audience try to avoid the dreaded ZONK!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: This will follow the Let's Make a Deal gameshow format. Some quick challenges will be based on the things people have in their bags. So pack your bags full of gadgets, maker gear and geeky things!
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The goal of this presentation is to share a wide variety of maker projects and experiences in a fun, playful way. The panelists are authors, bloggers and experts within the maker movement, and they will be sharing a diverse set of ways to incorporate making throughout the curriculum.

Potential demos may include LittleBits, Makey Makes, Chibitronics, Raspberry Pi, Bloxels, Mophi, upcycling, soft circuits and more. At least 6 major demos will be shared, supplemented by a variety of small 'quickie' demos.


This presentation will closely follow the Let's Make a Deal format. Mini challenges will be posed to attendees in order to find 'contestants'. For example: the first person to produce a standalone device that can be programmed. The contestant will then be forced to choose between two 'maker' options. The first option will be a live demonstration by one of the panelists. Each demo will be live and hands-on, and will an exemplary way that educators are incorporating making into the classroom. The contestant can either take that option (winning a small giveaway associated with the project), or take what's behind the infamous 'door number 2'. Regardless of their choice, the audience will still see the second project demo'd by a different member of the panel. Some prizes may be 'zonks', but even those will have a relevant demo associated with them.

We will conduct a minimum of three rounds of demos, featuring all six panelists and including projects from a variety of grade levels and subject areas. In between contestants, mini challenges will be presented to the audience, allowing them to get involved and featuring other guests from the maker movement.

This will be fast-paced session that will be packed with concrete ideas to stretch educator's thinking about how to incorporate the maker movement into classrooms.

Supporting research
Untangling the Web, Bellow and Dembo
Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Provenzano
Invent to Learn, Stager and Martinez
The Big Book of Maker Space Projects, Graves

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Adam Bellow, Breakout EDU
Jennifer Bond, Walled Lake Schools
Steve Dembo, Teach42
Sherry Gick, Five Star Technology Solutions
Michael Medvinsky, University Liggett School

Michael Medvinsky is the Dean of Pedagogy and Innovation at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Michael is a facilitator and designer of learning experiences in an 1:1 problem-based approach to understanding in which thinking is visible, valued and actively promoted. He regularly shares ideas about technology integration, student engagement and creating cultures of thinking at state and national conferences. You can connect further at @mwmedvinsky

Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School
Mary Wever, Holt Public Schools

Mary Wever is a Middle School STEAM and Technology teacher for Waverly Schools in Lansing, Michigan. Additionally, she serves as a Board member for MACUL, an instructor for the #MAET program at Michigan State University, and a teacher consultant for the Red Cedar Writing Project. Her interests include classroom design, movement in the classroom, the maker movement, STEAM, and effective and creative uses of technology to assist teaching and learning. Mary loves to connect and share at teaching conferences all over the U.S. You can find her on Twitter @WeverWorld.

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