In addition to the standard workshops below, we can design and deliver tailored professional development materials to fit the needs of your school, whether that is as a one-off workshop, or series of sessions. Please visit the "Contact Us" section of this website to let us know what you need.
Enhancing essential classroom practice with technology integration
Greater and greater investment in technology resources (1:1 programs, increased access to devices, upgraded internet access, makerspaces, digital subscriptions etc) have so far failed to translate into measurably improved student outcomes. Why is that? Does this mean technology itself has failed to live up to potential, or is it our approach to teaching with that technology that is responsible? Technology will only continue to become more available and more embedded, so how can we use the resources we have to make a difference in student learning?
In this workshop we focus on the power of technology to enhance communication, collaboration and the construction of understanding through essential classroom practices like formative assessment, differentiation, instruction and reflection.
Enhancing the curriculum with STEAM integration
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths & Arts) tools and approaches are becoming more and more common in schools. Whether in dedicated makerspaces, or in the classroom, making and creating provide valuable opportunities for students to problem-solve, design, create, build resilience, tinker and innovate. These opportunities help our students to learn real skills that support their learning, from the ability to plan, build and use something concrete to the ability to collaborate, compromise, fail, keep on trying and succeed, but how can we integrate and implement making into learning in a way that is meaningful, connected and authentic?
In this workshop you will build confidence and capacity with makerspace tools in through playful, hands-on and contextual activities and leave with a deepened conceptual understanding that will motivate and empower you to make and create meaningfully with your students.
Agency & Action Through Making: A Teacher's Guide to Promoting Voice, Choice & Ownership Through Design
The world our students live in now is different from the one we grew up in, and it will continue to change in ways we cannot even yet imagine. As teachers, how do we prepare our students to contribute to and be successful and happy in a world we cannot foresee? Making - also known as tinkering, creating, STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) & STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths) - can be a powerful lens through which we can help our students to build agency and take action to change the world around them. Whatever your context, this workshop will help you to take the next steps to make makerspace learning more purposeful, meaningful and effective. After this workshop you will see not only your students as makers but also yourself, and leave feeling prepared and excited to promote voice, choice and agency through design.