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Edtech Advocacy &
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Revenge of the Edtech Stars: Maker Mayhem

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Saturday, December 5, 7:45–8:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Adam Bellow  
Jennifer Bond  
Steve Dembo  
Sherry Gick  
Nicholas Provenzano  
Andrew Wallace  
Mary Wever  

Looking to MAKE a difference in your school? Seeking to MAKE an impact on your students? Our all-star edtech teams will share innovative ways to incorporate maker mentality throughout the curriculum! This fast paced session will feature crazy amounts of extraordinary ways to MAKE learning fun!

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Maker activities & programs
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.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Influencer Disclosure: This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will explore how the skills learned through maker activities can be applied to demonstrate knowledge throughout the curriculum. Attendees will identify ways to create open ended challenges for students to engage in that provide opportunities for creative communication and deeper learning experiences.


The EdTech maker stars will share a variety of demo slams and compete to share the most innovative and creative maker ideas! Demonstrations will be prepared in advance that will challenge members demonstrate how to apply the maker movement to a curricular lesson or project. The group assembled to share represent authors, presenters, bloggers, and well respected members of the maker community. They will combine prepared content with unscripted commentary to demonstrate how the maker movement can be used to impact student learning throughout every subject. Every participant will share at least one best practice and engage in a variety of challenges that will stretch their thinking, along with the audiences!

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, Quest Academy
Sherry Gick, Five Star Technology Solutions
Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School

Nicholas Provenzano is the technology coordinator and makerspace director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He’s also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker and consultant. He writes for his website,, and many other prominent education websites. Provenzano has been featured on CNN, in Education Week and by a number of other media outlets. He’s been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and earned the Outstanding Teacher Award from ISTE. Provenzano is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Sphero Hero, Adobe Education Leader and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His bestselling books are Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality and Beyond the Poster Board.

Andrew Wallace, South Portland Schools
Mary Wever, Holt Public Schools

STEAM Teacher, MACUL President-Elect, MAET @ MSU Instructor

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