Art & Technology STEAM Playground

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Explore and create : Playground

Matt Dombrowski  
Michael Drezek  
Jessie Erickson  
Cathy Houchin  
Dr. Sean Justice  
Rita Mortenson  
Tim Needles  
Kerry Parrish  

Engage and create with a variety of digital arts tools and interdisciplinary strategies that we've used successfully in our classrooms. This demonstration will cover a range of arts disciplines and integration approaches. Get hands-on experience in how to integrate the arts into the classroom.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS, Windows, Android
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose is to share tools, projects, and best practices in a inviting hands on environment to aid educators in integrating the material into their teaching easily.


The playground will have a variety of educators sharing STEAM tools and projects on repeatedly over the course of the hour and a half event and can be in person or virtual depending on the circumstances.

Supporting research

Why The Arts Matter

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Why study art?

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Matt Dombrowski, University of Central Florida

Associate Professor Matt Dombrowski is Creative Director at Limbitless Solutions Inc, a nonprofit organization within University of Central Florida (UCF). He leads an interdisciplinary team in the development of 3D printed, visually expressive bionic arms and training video games for children with limb difference properly utilize their prosthetics. His work has been featured by Adobe, Autodesk, Unity, Huffington Post, Gamasutra, Fast Company, Smithsonian American Art Museum, GDC, SXSWEDU, and Gates Foundation. He received two of the highest teaching related awards at UCF, the UCF Undergraduate Teacher of the year, and the Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

Michael Drezek, Lake Shore Central School District

Michael is a District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD. Prior to this, Michael spent 10 years as a Mathematics teacher and several as grade-level Team Leader. A New York STLE Grant allowed him to extend the reach of his Master's Degree in Educational Technology and in 2016 he was awarded the Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award from NYSCATE. Michael helps lead the #GlobalEdSsChat and #GlobalMakerDay teams. Michael has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally and is a 2x Ignite Speaker. He is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Trainer and Apple Teacher.

Jessie Erickson, Private Contractor

Jessie Erickson is the District Assessment Coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools. Jessie holds Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership. She has had the opportunity to work with the students and staff as a teacher, Building Resource Coordinator, Instructional Coach and Curriculum Technology Partner within the Grand Forks Public Schools and Grand Forks Air Force Base School Districts. She loves facilitating opportunities that ignite all learners to become passionate about leading and learning.

Cathy Houchin, Watertown Unified School District
Dr. Sean Justice, Texas State University
Rita Mortenson, Verona Area High School
ISTE Certified Educator
Tim Needles, Smithtown High School East
Kerry Parrish, Crystal Lake Central High School

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