Critical Making Camp for Educators

Critical Making Camp for Educators

Two 2018 sessions: JULY 9-13 & JULY 16-20

 
 
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testimonials 

Practical + Relevant 

Schools are falling short in preparing students for a future of uncertainty and complexity, in the way they are currently structured. Adopting a maker mindset serves as a starting point to tackle our current-day challenges.

In this video, hear from past camp participants on how our five-day immersive critical making camp helped them internalize this crucial shift in teaching and learning.

 

 
 
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Sample Topics We Cover

Key Takeaways

Take advantage of both the scheduled and unstructured moments during the week to add to your maker toolkit. Experience our project design and critique framework, and then apply it to real projects. Then, swap ideas with interested educators on how other schools are thinking through assessment and weaving in important skills such as collaboration and feedback. 


 

Project Design & Development

Work on your own biggest curriculum challenges with other teachers in an active studio environment. You do not need to change your curriculum wholesale. By simply adding elements of maker culture to any lesson plan, you can broaden the thinking and responsiveness of your students.


The Kind Critique

Criticism is the oxygen of the maker space. Teach your students to look forward to someone telling them that they might be able to do better. Learn to give the most useful feedback by observing, empathizing, and understanding intentions.


Making on a budget

Laser cutters are fantastic, but critical making also happens with scissors and cereal boxes. We will re-source the everyday supplies you already keep in your classroom for critical making in unexpected ways.

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TOOLS OF THE MODERN MAKERSPACE

The “greatest hits” of the well-appointed maker space — laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC machines — are expensive pieces of equipment. Don’t let them gather dust and go unused. Through hands-on workshops, discover how to turn makerspace equipment into vital teaching-and-learning tools.

 
This was, by far, my best professional development experience. By far.
— Genet Mahari, The Curley School, Boston Public Schools
 
 
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sample workshops

Neck Up + Neck Down

Our afternoon workshops blend the broad with the specific and the hands-on with the minds-on. Introduce yourself to the laser cutter and start cutting, or circle up with some like-minded peers and debate the opportunities of the Mastery Transcript project.

 
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Paperclips & Postcards: Unlocking the power of Humble Materials

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PLating Perfect Prints: TRICKS FOR PERFECT 3-D PRINTS

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Assessing project-based work

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The Kind (and helpful) critique

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The IMportance of Narrative

 
 
 
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Minutes from Boston

The Exploration Center.

Norwood, Massachusetts

 
 
We often talk about what critical thinking and the importance of play looks like. This course showed us what that feels like.
— Kathleen Malone, Derby Academy
 
 
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