• Educator Development

      Dexter Educator Certification

    • Schedule

      Dexter Educator Program

      Paper Circuits

      9:00AM - 9:30AM

      A hands on paper circuit exercise to build rapport and showcase tactile learning of abstract ideas.

      Meta Thoughts on Learning

      9:30AM - 10:00AM

      An exploration of pedagogy for 22nd century education.

      Programming with Scratch

      10:00AM - 12:00PM

      An introduction module to using the Scratch programming language in the classroom through a hands on project.

      Lunch

      12:00PM - 1:00PM

      At 8th Street Coffee House

      TinkerCAD 101

      1:00PM - 2:30PM

      How can you utilize 3D Printing in the classroom? This hands on module will cover 3D Printing in the classroom and culminate in the creation of a fun project.

      Design and Systems Thinking

      2:30PM - 3:30PM

      Brief crash course of two logical frameworks of thought; Design and Systems Thinking. Culminate in a discussion about classroom design.

    • The principal lesson School teaches is the need to be taught. School’s teaching creates a dependence on School and a superstitious addiction to belief in its methods.

      - Seymour Papert

    • Paper Circuit

      A hands on paper circuit exercise to build rapport and showcases tactile learning of abstract ideas.

    • Constructivism

      Constructivism is basically a theory -- based on observation and scientific study -- about how people learn. It says that people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. When we encounter something new, we have to reconcile it with our previous ideas and experience, maybe changing what we believe, or maybe discarding the new information as irrelevant. In any case, we are active creators of our own knowledge. To do this, we must ask questions, explore, and assess what we know.

      In the classroom, the constructivist view of learning can point towards a number of different teaching practices. In the most general sense, it usually means encouraging students to use active techniques (experiments, real-world problem solving) to create more knowledge and then to reflect on and talk about what they are doing and how their understanding is changing. The teacher makes sure she understands the students' preexisting conceptions, and guides the activity to address them and then build on them.

    • Your First Scratch Program

    • Every maker of video games knows something that the makers of curriculum don't seem to understand. You'll never see a video game being advertised as being easy. Kids who do not like school will tell you it's not because it's too hard. It's because it's boring”

      - Seymour Papert

    • Your First Artificial Intelligence Program

      Demystify AI, with this fun program that makes height prediction based on age!

    • 3D Printing with TinkerCAD

      A Crash Course in Tinkering

    • Your First Design

      Today you'll be designing your own necklace. Once you finish the design, you'll email the file to us and we'll 3D Print it for you!

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