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August 1-2, 2019

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Friday, August 2
 

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Engaging Children in Early STEM Education Through Tangibles and Games
How can computer science and engineering-based curricula effectively be adopted in the early education classroom environment? What type of instructional supports can be utilized to support students’ learning that do not also require a steep learning curve for teachers? This workshop provides hand-on exercises for giving resources to teachers, administrators, and technology specialists to address this. We will introduce participants to a number of resources that educators can incorporate into their early childhood classroom for teaching STEM concepts. This includes tangibles, math games, and coding apps, with curriculum that can be easily adopted for use. Please bring a device.

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avatar for Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W200.2 Makerspace

1:15pm

Workshop 2-The Art and Architecture of Effective Mini-lessons
Within the workshop model, the mini-lesson is only 10 minutes (or less), but its potential is transformative. In this session, participants will explore how to best structure a mini-lesson, common obstacles (and how to avoid them!) that turn these lessons into maxi-lessons, and various tools for developing effective mini-lessons based on current student practice. Megan will model how to teach into students’ intentions — thinking about context, being active meaning-makers for students, and targeting student needs. Participants will gain: a strong understanding of how to format mini-lessons, tools (rubrics, charts, mentor texts, etc) for differentiating during workshop time, and various resources to aid in developing unique mini-lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Howard Nellen

Megan Howard Nellen

Consultant, Confluence Educational Consulting
Megan Howard Nellen provides embedded strategic consulting to schools and educational nonprofits through her own firm, Confluence Educational Consulting. Currently, her work centers on leadership development/coaching as well as supporting primary and elementary schools with curriculum... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W143