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Wednesday, July 25 • 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Kelley - Implementing Innovation: Less us, More Them

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Makerspaces. Hackerspaces. Fab-Labs. Innovation Labs. These are all names given to the physical spaces where innovation is expected to happen in schools. But how does a school foster a maker-culture among both its faculty and its students?
In the rush to build the makerspace, many schools adopt a “build it and they will come” mentality and fail to develop ways to cultivate a love of making and innovating in their students or to train teachers to successfully integrate design thinking and the iterative process into their curriculum.
Maker culture means many things to many people but at its core it is a culture of learning by doing with strong roots in constructivism. The ideas behind the maker movement include allowing students to imagine, experiment, create, share, and dream up possibilities.
In this presentation Innovation Specialist, April Kelley, will lead you through Lauralton Hall’s journey from creating their innovation lab to fostering a maker-culture throughout the school community. Through round table discussion, April will share some successes and failures she has encountered and invites you to share your own successes and failures. Through this sharing of ideas, we can better develop a maker culture in our schools.

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April Kelley

Innovation Specialist/ Science Teacher, Lauralton Hall
I began my teaching career in environmental education and transitioned into the science classroom fifteen years ago. I am passionate about authentic learning and technology integration. I am also an avid reader of urban/paranormal fantasy and enjoy hiking and kayaking.

Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm PDT
Stuart Boston Park Plaza