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Thursday, November 3 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The Best Excuse to Get Your Hands Dirty: Experiential Tech Learning in the Elementary Classroom

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Experiential education boosts creativity, student agency and the freedom to experiment, leaving enough room for tinkering, exploration and multiple answers. Grassroots Makerspace in schools is where learning, teaching and making coexist. Innovative Technology is essential for schools' Makerspaces and it is also crucial to shaping students’ future-readiness. However, it is often easier to bring tech hands-on learning experience to after-school programs, camps and libraries rather than to classrooms. At the same time, elementary school educators are traditionally teaching content through making and creative interaction with physical objects, utilizing the fact that tactile experience and hand-brain coordination are two of the driving forces of intellectual and emotional growth. It is beneficial to implement technology-rich Makerspaces into existing K-2 curriculum, using maker mindset as a foundation of STEAM skills and project-based curriculum. Customized tech kits and portable tech bundles, designed as teaching tools and selected appropriately to the age, topic and educational standards, may greatly enhance the authentic learning experience in elementary classroom. 

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Irina Tuule

VP Strategy and Communications, Eduporium
Irina Tuule is a Co-Founder and VP of Strategy & Communications at Eduporium. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education as well as vast experience in teaching and pedagogical research. She is passionate about bringing tech to schools and boosting student creativity and inventiveness. A true believer in hands-on, inquiry-based learning, she focuses on K-2 as the time to shape a STEM foundation. Irina is always testing ideas for enhancing... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am