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Monday, June 20 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
How the Maker-Space Movement Will Re-build the Way We Do School!

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When we got approval to turn our old computer lab into a new maker-space, we first made a list of all the things we wanted - 3d printers, milling machines, soldering kits and laser cutters. We predicted technical challenges when we established our school’s maker-space last year. However, we were unprepared for the cultural rift it caused. The new Spark Studio challenged our school’s pedagogical tradition and inspired resistance from many faculty members. Join us for a frank discussion about our experiences establishing a maker-space from scratch - the lovely surprises and the unforeseen tensions that occurred.

Many schools are looking to establish a maker-space in their community. This will be a discussion of how maker-spaces are affecting schools on a cultural level. In order to be truly transformative in the lives of our students we have had to embrace the idea that we must break down the traditional order that schools impose and rebuild from a true 21st century perspective. Students and Faculty have to learn to value experimentation, collaboration, innovation and failure. This is the most important role of teachers within a maker-space.

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Fred Javarata

Educational Innovation Coordinator, Schools of the Sacred Heart
Fred Javarata and Krista Inchausti are both Educational Innovation Coordinators for K-8 for the boys and girls schools - Stuart Hall and Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco. They hold the balancing act of training teachers with the newest technologies in education as well... Read More →

Monday June 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm

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