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Sofya Zeylikman is senior studying furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design. She has led workshops for both elementary and high school-aged students, teaching them about the intersections between STEM and STEAM, most recently as a coach for the Brandeis Design Lab Teen Fellowship Program.
- 2 Feb, 2016 - 0 comments
Cas Holman is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design who designs learning materials for play and discovery. She uses constructivist "learn how it works by playing with it" principles in both her toy design and her teaching. Holman employs and advocates for a pedagogy of play, which informs her practice at all levels.
- 11 Dec, 2015 - 0 comments
Jean Kaneko is the Chief Tinkerer and Founder at The Exploratory, a community makerspace in Culver City, CA, and a sought after program/curriculum developer and speaker in the world of STEAM education and Making. She encourages educators to experiment with making connections between projects and subjects, problem-solving and peers, between multiple subjects, and navigating all these actions with mandated standards – and when you learn something that works, help your peers navigate the territory you’ve explored.
- 5 Nov, 2011 - 0 comments
Darren Kuropatwa is Director of Learning for Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. He has used blogging in the classroom to foster peer learning and facilitate connections between learners.
- 1 Sep, 2015 - 0 comments
Paola Ricaurte Quijano is a Professor and researcher in the School of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities ITESM at University Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico. She encourages her students to take full advantage of technology and the connected nature of their lives to enhance learning and solve problems in their communities and beyond.
- 12 Oct, 2015 - 0 comments
Eva Mejia is a Learning Systems Associate and Director of Special Programs for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Working in the area of network initiation, she leads partnerships with organizations that are launching Networked Improvement Communities and builds processes to accelerate learning and build capacity among practitioners.
- 14 Jul, 2015 - 0 comments
Brianna Crowley is a Pennsylvania high school teacher who encourages her students to use social media tools to express themselves and expand agency in the classroom. She also asks her students to use these platforms to teach each other about a range of topics and to build a sense of connectedness and community. Before approaching her teaching, she asks students what they have to teach her.
- 1 May, 2015 - 0 comments
Laura Ritchie is a teacher, researcher, performer, and learner. She is currently a Reader in Pedagogy at the University of Chichester. She created Cello Weekend, a time for complete beginners to come together with novices, students, and professionals to learn to play the cello. Through Connected Courses, she created an open, online connected course about creating a curriculum for connected learning about music.
- 6 Apr, 2015 - 0 comments
"I don't put students in groups so they can learn to work in groups or be social...I put people in groups because I think that's how knowledge is created--by people who talk though ideas and puzzle through problems." Read how educator Dr. Kim Jaxon stretches the boundaries of 'literacy' in her classroom, and helps students draw on their strengths to make the group stronger.
- 29 Jan, 2015 - 0 comments
"I would spend hours as a young 10-year-old coding my home page to host amateurish and practically useless graphics that I'd made...But hey, no matter how embarrassing it all was, it led me here." 16-year-old Veronica Valenzuela shows us that, with the right mix of mentor/peer support and exploration, even seemingly trivial interests can lead to robust learning opportunities and pathways.
- 20 Nov, 2014 - 0 comments