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Project-Based Learning and Makerspaces Across the Curriculum

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 123

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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’s been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning and 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.

Session description

The maker movement has started to spread across the country, but many educators think makerspaces are for STEM only. We'll share firsthand experience of integrating project-based learning to help all content areas use makerspaces to support student learning.

Purpose & objective

The session will explain how technology can support Project Based Learning in the classroom and how a Makerspace can allow teachers to expand their lessons to allow for diverse creations from students to demonstrate understanding of the content covered across the curriculum.

Tools in a makerspace will be discussed and will include, but not be limited to, cardboard, 3D printers, duct tape, laser cuttters, Play-Doh, and much, much more.

Teachers will walk out of the session feeling much more comfortable using their school's makerspace or excited to start the conversation about creating a makerspace in their own school.

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What is PBL?

What is a Makerspace?

How can the two be connected?

How can all content areas get the most out of PBL and Makerspaces?

Example projects from across curricular areas.

Resources to support further learning on the subject of PBL and Makerspaces.

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Supporting research

Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces
The Maker Mentality
Invent to Learn - ASCD on PBL

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Session specifications

Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.