Tiny Tinkerers Designing Towards Tomorrow
Participate and share : Poster
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|
|Attendee devices:||Devices not needed|
|Topic:||Innovation in early childhood/elementary|
|Subject area:||Social studies, STEM/STEAM|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Additional detail:||Student presentation|
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.
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.