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Tiny Tinkerers Designing Towards Tomorrow

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Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Sue Floro  
Archie Fairhurst  
Oscar Fairhurst  
Ian Fairhurst  

Who says that little people can't change the world! This session will showcase the authentic and purposeful use of technology to understand big problems and design and create solutions. Our smallest students are connecting deeply to issues in our world and exercise their agency to enact change with such enthusiasm.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
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 communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our purpose is to demonstrate that our youngest students, the 5, 6 and 7 year olds, have the ability to make a difference in the world. They are capable users of digital technologies to solve complex problems and can communicate their understanding effectively. Our Years 1-3 students will bring along their projects, their tools and their products, and will demonstrate how they live the ISTE Standards, and how they are planning solutions to the UN Sustainable Goals.

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Sue Floro, Knox Grammar School
Archie Fairhurst, Knox Grammar Preparatory School
Oscar Fairhurst, Knox Grammar Preparatory School
Ian Fairhurst, Knox Grammar Preparatory School

Ian Fairhurst has been in Educational Technology roles for 15 years and has a passion for embedding authentic, globally focussed, learning opportunities through STEM education and establishing an active ‘maker culture’ within schools. As Team Leader of Technology Integration at Knox Grammar Preparatory School, he is currently responsible for leading and supporting the K-6 community in digital and design technologies. Ian also facilitates a Makerspace with the mantra that ‘anything is possible with technology and a creative mindset’. The students are encouraged to focus their ideas on authentic projects which can make a positive difference at a local or global community level.

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