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Thursday, July 26 • 10:20am - 11:25am
Collins - From STEAM to SEEDS: Designing Creative Interdisciplinary Learning Environments and Experiences in Science, Engineering, Esthetics, Design & Storytelling for Students.

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Storytelling and making are two of the oldest forms of self-expression. Through stories, we give meaning to our everyday experiences making sense of our world. By making physical objects, we can create tangible representations of our ideas that we can share with others. In this talk, Alisha Panjwani will share teaching experiences to cultivate creative learning by combining innovative forms of storytelling and new forms of making with novel technologies. She will present ways for engaging students in making physical representations of their personal stories using Tangible Computational Media such as paper electronics, programmable projections, and sewable circuits. By sharing examples of the artifacts and stories made by children, she will highlight pedagogical practices emerging from the intersection of the sciences, engineering, esthetics, design, and storytelling (SEEDS) for engaging students in creating impactful and personally meaningful projects. Reflecting on her own teaching explorations with students, she will share ten design principles for developing creative learning environments, experiences, and tools that broaden and deepen student’'s engagement with new technologies.

Learning Goals:
(1) Creating opportunities for students to express themselves in meaningful ways with new technologies.
(2) Transforming classrooms into creative makerspaces where students can identify their creative self, develop a compelling vision, pursue a passion, and create an impact that matters in their world.
(3) Designing original learning experiences with new materials and technologies to support novel means of creative inquiry and expression.

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Alisha Collins

SEEDS Studio Lab Founder/ Program Manager/ Research Practitioner, Acera School, Winchester, MA
Alisha is a designer, author, and educator interested in integrating storytelling, craft, wellness, play, and new technologies to create participatory learning practices. Her practice centers on nurturing children’s creative confidence with new technologies and encouraging their... Read More →

Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am PDT
Arlington Boston Park Plaza