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Chris Bigenho is the Director of Educational Technology at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas. He received his PhD in educational computing from the University of North Texas and his Masters in educational technology from Pepperdine University. As an independent researcher, his research interests include emerging technologies in learning environments, the cognitive aspects of technology in learning environments with a specific focus on dual-tasking and cognitive load. He also works in the fields of games for learning, and self-regulatory practices for learning. Chris owns an educational consulting practice and is a frequent speaker and presenter on the topics of education and technology. He has spoken at schools and conferences across the United States and South America. Feel free to look through my portfolio, as it will give you a sense of my background. Portfolio: http://dlp4success.com/portfolios/chris/index.htm Short Story: Living Life in the Renaissance http://dlp4success.com/portfolios/chris/unt_portfoliopages/aboutme.htm Blog: http://bigenhoc.wordpress.com/

The Daily Find: March 2, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

As you continue to reflect on the past week, you are encouraged to share with the greater community your experiences at this year’s NAIS conference, your “Ah Ha!” moments, the big “take aways” resources shared and anything else you feel would be of interest to the greater community. If you maintain a personal blog, please send the link of any NAIS reflections to naisac15@gmail.com and also Tweet it out with the tag #naisac and mention of @naisac15. That will help me get these distributed to the greater community. If you do not have a blog, fear not as there is a way for you to participate as well. Simply write your reflection in any word processor then send the text to naisac15@gmail.com and I will make sure it gets posted on the community site with attribution. Please include your name and your school.

NAISAC Online Community Site
The following are new posts in the NAISAC Online Community at https://naisac15.wordpress.com/

Liz Davis
We built it, but not many came…How do we reinvigorate teachers unplugged?
This is the fourth year that I have helped to organize the Teachers Unplugged session at NAISAC. This is a participant driven session in which the attendees propose and vote on topics for discussion and then we sit at round tables and have…MORE

Mark Crotty
Affirmation through absence: Thoughts on #NAISAC 2015
I’m writing this post somewhat out of guilt. I had been honored to be selected as one of the official bloggers for the NAIS Annual Convention this year. But I ended up…MORE

Lorri Carroll
My top takeaways from #NAISAC 2015…And wishes for #NAISAC 2016.
Since I take public notes on twitter, my top takeaways will be my tweets or retweets of others. These are the things that will hopefully stick with me long after NAISAC 2015…MORE

Chris Bigenho
The inaugural NAISAC interactive makerspace- Fun for all!
I have now been working in partnership with NAIS since 2008 and have worked on a variety of interesting projects. This year, working with Amy Ahart from NAIS, we wanted to try something new and landed on the idea of…MORE.


Community Bloggers

Derrick Willard
2015 NAIS Annual Conference Reflections: Designing the Revolution
I had the good fortune to attend the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston this week.  The theme was “Designing the Revolution.” Note a conference goal for attendees was…MORE

Larry Kahn
Let’s Keep the Conversations of Mindfulness Going

The Inaugural NAISAC Interactive Maker Space- Fun For All!

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I have now been working in partnership with NAIS since 2008 and have worked on a variety of interesting projects. This year, working with Amy Ahart from NAIS, we wanted to try something new and landed on the idea of creating an Interactive MakerSpace. With a nice space carved out on the exhibit hall floor next to the NAIS Bookstore, we were able to design a space that would foster interactions between participants and docents in the area as well as with many of the items in the space. These items included sample student projects from The Meadowbrook School of Weston, MA, 3D printing, Laser cutting projects, robotics, computer programming, electronic prototyping, micro-controllers such as Arduino and Makey Makey as well as projects made onsite.

Additionally participants were able to explore posters made from the information schools submitted for the Online Gallery of Independent School Makerspaces. Space and time limited the number of posters to the first 10 that were submitted. However, there are over 25 amazing schools currently listed in the online gallery and more will be added shortly. Additionally, schools are still able to submit their information to be added to the gallery.

The objective of the space was to create an engaging and interactive space that would provide information for participants who want to explore how this new movement might fit within their school. We wanted a space that would demonstrate many different aspects of “making” while helping participants focus on the importance of pedagogical considerations. Lisa Palmieri of The Ellis School produced a wonderful poster on the Maker Mindset. This poster was placed centrally in the space and received a lot of attention and generated important conversations. Additionally, all the posters around the space were well photographed and many read in detail. There appeared to be considerable interest in what other schools were doing in the area of Making and MakerSpaces.

Working from Dallas, one challenge of putting together a MakerSpace at a conference over 1500 miles away is how to equip and staff the area. This is where The Meadowbrook School of Weston was invaluable. Jonathan Schmid from Meadowbrook offered up an amazing collection of equipment and student projects which helped bring the space to life. Additionally, many of his staff came to the conference and worked the space as docents. Without the incredible help of Jonathan Schmid, Chris Lindsay, Matt Molyneux, Nathan Tanaka, and Rachel Shuler, (All from Meadowbrook) this project would not have been possible. Many thanks to these incredible people for their help on this project.

As participants were exploring the space, there was one question that seemed to keep coming up: How do we get started? While there is much to consider as you start to explore this new learning space and approach, there is some help out there in the form of the MakerSpace Playbook- School Edition. You can download a free PDF of this resource posted on Makered.org.


Below are some images and videos of the NAIS Interactive MakerSpace captured throughout the conference.

Here I am demonstrating the Makey Makey Piano that was made on site.

Sarah Flowers who is the Head of Ring Mountain Day School plays the Makey Makey piano and throws out the challenge for other heads of schools: Can you top this?

We do all of this for our students. Here the Makey Makey piano gets the “Kids Seal of Approval”.

Participants playing the Makey Makey Human Drumset. Proves to be fun for all ages.

 Collection of images captured at the NAIS Interactive MakerSpace

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Creating the NAIS MakerSpace- A Transformation of Space

The Daily Find: February 27, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

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The conference has come to an end but the conversations are just getting started. There was so much that was shared at this year’s conference. Everywhere you turned, there was something to learn. Opportunities to learn included the keynote and featured speakers, three- hour and one- hour workshops, NAIS MakerSpace, Online Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces, exhibit hall floor, Twitter #NAISAC, and for all of us, the many hallway and restaurant conversations we had with other independent school educators representing all elements of independent school education. The challenge now for each of us is to see what this all means for us as individuals, as educators and what we will do to take our schools to the next level in this dynamic time of change in education.

As you continue to reflect on the past week, you are encouraged to share with the greater community your experiences at this year’s NAIS conference, your “Ah Ha!” moments, the big “take aways” resources shared and anything else you feel would be of interest to the greater community. If you maintain a personal blog, please send the link of any NAIS reflections to naisac15@gmail.com and also Tweet it out with the tag #naisac and mention of @naisac15. That will help me get these distributed to the greater community. If you do not have a blog, fear not as there is a way for you to participate as well. Simply write your reflection in any word processor then send the text to naisac15@gmail.com and I will make sure it gets posted on the community site with attribution. Please include your name and your school.

NAISAC Online Community Site
The following are new posts in the NAISAC Online Community at https://naisac15.wordpress.com/

Lorri Carroll

Liz B. Davis

Chris Bigenho


Posted on NAIS Conference Site

Bridget Janicki, NAIS

The Daily Find:Thursday February 26- Day 1 of NAISAC 2015

This Daily Find covers the first full day of the NAIS Annual Conference.

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Thursday of NAISAC 2015 is now in the history books. If you missed it or want to revisit some of what was shared, take a moment to explore some of the community posts below. Each of these posts were contributed by a collection of contributing authors to the community blog. If you have your own blog and would like to have a conference reflection highlighted, send the link to naisac15@gmail.com so it can be featured in a future issue of The Daily Find

MakerSpace Day 1 and Looking to Day 2

New this year at the NAIS Annual Conference is an Interactive MakerSpace. This space was really buzzing today as many came through and saw 3D printing for the first time, played the Makey Makey piano with their feet, explored many of the wonderful student generated projects created by students from The Meadowbook School of Weston MA. There are also 11 posters representing different school’s approaches to making and maker spaces as well as an additional 15 schools currently posted in the Online Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces. If you have not been there yet, you must go! It is in the Exhibit Hall next to the NAIS Bookstore. We hope to see you there tomorrow.

Again, a huge thanks to Jonathan Schmid, Chris Lindsay, Nathan Tanaka, Mike Scafati, and Rachel Shuler from the Meadowbrook School for their help in the space. Here are a few images from today. If you missed it, you must get there tomorrow. What a wonderful resource for starting a program at your school.