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Creative Constructor Studio at Camp Creativity: Artful Insights: A Creative Journey into Teaching & Learning!

Colorado Convention Center, Camp Creativity

Learning experience: Venture to Camp Creativity
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Content Development Editor, English Language Learning Materials
U.S. Department of State/ ECA
Jacqueline Gardy is a Virtual Exchange Specialist and Materials Editor in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Office of English Language Programs. Prior to this, she was an English Language Fellow in Novi Sad, Serbia, through the State Department’s English Language Fellow Program, and was a high school ESOL teacher and community college ESL teacher. She has been on the board of the ISTE Online and Blended Learning Network and the M-Education Alliance. Her interests are in design thinking, edtech in low-resourced environments, and creative thinking.
Manuel is an international speaker, an accomplished illustrator, and a veteran educator. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, and design thinking. Over the past 22 years, Manuel has keynoted and led workshops across the globe at conferences such as SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE, FETC & The International Sketchnote Camp. Manuel has illustrated books, publications, and graphics for a variety of organizations, publishers, and schools. In 2018 Manuel became a Google Innovator at LAX18. Currently, Manuel is a Canva Learning Consultant and a Learning and Development Specialist for Washington University in St. Louis. Follow Manuel on Twitter & Instagram at @manuelherrera33.
Director of Design and Innovation
Community Regional Charter School
Design thinker, improviser, and educator, Dan Ryder is Director of Design and Innovation and a learning facilitator at CRCS Overman in rural Skowhegan, Maine. Public charter school CRCS Overman provides a customized, project -based learning experience for learners of all abilities and backgrounds, grades 7-12. Dan also consults with the Office of English Language Programs at the US Department of State, creating content such as Panels and Perspectives: Creating Comics in the EFL Classroom and co-facilitating experiences such as the global PD, AE Comics VX. He's also co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom w Amy Burvall.
Utah Coalition For Educational Technology
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is also GEGUtah co-leader and Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) President for 2022-2024, our Utah ISTE affiliate. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level.
Speech Language Pathologist
Norton Public Schools
Kim Zajac, is a certified SLP and Audiologist in Norton, MA. She is an Educator Mentor for the Vital Prize Challenge and an Adobe Creative Educator Leader. She is an affiliated virtual practicum instructor at Speech@Emerson Graduate Program. Kim is a former MassCUE board member, Conference Committee Lead & Co-Leader of Inclusive Learning SIG. Kim is a Co-Founder of @EdCampSoutheasternMA. She has presented at SXSWEDU, ISTE, MassCUE, DL Boston, & NYC Schools Tech Summit. Kim specializes in creating programs and sharing learning strategies to support students with diverse learning needs. She is passionate about establishing equitable access and inclusion for ALL students.

Session description

Join us in the Mile-High Creative Constructor Studio at Camp Creativity for some hands-on art making!

Create 2D and 3D art by experimenting with a variety of artistic techniques and playing with different mediums from collage to drawing, to persona mini-figure art! As you explore different artistic methods, draw parallels between your artwork and your approach to teaching and learning. Join us on a journey of self-discovery and reflection through the lens of digital and tactile art, and gain a deeper understanding of your roles as an educator and individual!.

This hands-on art making session is designed to leverage the power of art as a catalyst for change in educational environments. We invite everyone, regardless of their artistic prowess, to dive into various art forms and uncover the connections between their creations and their teaching methodologies.

This workshop is presented by the “Basecamp for Creatives” playground coordinators. Check out the playground on Monday afternoon at ISTELive and get a head start on your creative flow!

Drop in for 10 minutes or stay as long as you want – see you at the Camp studio to express, explore and experience the transformative power of art!

Session specifications

Maker activities and programs, Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning, Creativity & curation tools, Storytelling/multimedia, Library/media
Teachers, Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM, Performing/visual arts