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Wednesday Winding up to the Opening of NAISC Tomorrow!

This is my second day in Boston. The day started with a beautiful cloud free morning and a great meeting (always too short) with the 21st century curriculum and technology task force. We are working on the name but that is who we are at the moment. What a great group of passionate educators! I am honored to be a member of such a group.

This year my Wednesday of the conference was very different as I am also orchestrating the construction of the NAIS interactive makerspace. This means that the rest of Wednesday was spent setting up this makerspace. It also means that I was not able to make the rounds to all of the other cool workshops that took place today. So, if you attended any of these, have pictures or want to submit a blog or reflection, please do so and send me the text or the link to your post and I will make sure we get it posted here as well. Any pictures and video would also be awesome!

The NAIS MakerSpace project has been fun to think about and it is great to see it come to life. I must make a HUGE shout out to Jonathan Schmid and Chris Lindsey from the Meadowbrook School of Weston MA for their help today and for being so gracious to supply much of the 3D printing, robotics and cool student projects. Others from Meadowbook will also be working the space over the next two days. They will be joined by individuals from other schools who are amazing educators who are passionate about the world of “making” as a way of learning. The NAIS MakerSpace will be a place you will want to visit and experience multiple times over the next two days. There is much to see and do so make sure you swing by.

Here are a few images I was able to capture during the day.

 

For those who missed the “Brisk Walk Through” of the Exhibit Hall, here is your chance to see what the hall looked like about 24 hours from opening. What a transformation it will be!

Out for a Walk About in Boston Pre-NAISAC

Getting settled and caught up on things related to the online community. So, I went for a little walk around the area to get acquainted with this area and find some things for the Interactive MakerSpace. The images below represent some of the scenes around the area. While the snow is piled high in placed, it is amazingly easy to walk around. Just watch out for the ice as you transition from dry areas to wet frozen ones.

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As for the makerspace, I picked up a few items at the local True Value Hardware Store, Radio Shack and a Walgreens. Combined with some of the other items I brought (shown on the table and the blue suitcase), what can you build? Come by the Interactive MakerSpace starting Thursday and explore the world of design, making, prototyping, engineering, and dreaming.

The Daily Find: February 23, 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.

GETTING STARTED
Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

NAISAC 2015

Join the MakerSpace Conversation
You are invited to join in an online conversation to answer the question: What is a Maker Space? Learn more about how to participate at MakerSpace Forum.

#NAISAC TWEET ARCHIVE
Check out the Tweet Archive for #NAISAC! This is an archive of all the tweets sent using the official hashtag #NAISAC and the older form of the tag. This automatically archives each tweet including all links shared. This can be an extremely valuable resource as we move through the conference and beyond. Knowing that there are a lot of resources shared through links posted to Twitter, you will be able to return to this site and capture all those “gold nuggets”. This archive is also posted on the NAISAC community site under Community Sites on the right side of your screen.

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Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces
As you sit by the fire dreaming of warmer weather and waiting for your plane to take you to Boston for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference, take some time and read through the 20 schools that have submitted entries for [MORE]

The Interactive MakerSpace at #NAISAC and the Maker Mindset
The Maker Movement is taking the education world by storm. In an effort to help school administrators and teachers better understand this movement, NAIS is pleased to offer the NAIS Makerspace, located in the Exhibit Hall. This space will [MORE]

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@Learn21Tech
Girls Can make Stuff Too!
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Josie Holford
@JosieHolford
Making- the ideal complement to the life of the mind- is on its way to College
The NAIS Annual Conference – #naisac15 – is coming right up. This year schools were invited to contribute to an interactive Makerspace where attendees can explore aspects of this new movement in education…. 21st century skills it seems have a great deal in common with 17th and 18th century skills in that craft and practical application matter again. There’s been a signal switch in the kinds of skill-sets people need [MORE]

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@dwillard
“Design the Revolution” but, please don’t talk to me about cool furniture:
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@jcolley8
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@MartiWeston
Makerspaces Are Amazing, Yet I Remember When…
I am so energized by makerspaces, where people — children and adults — have access to all sorts of equipment to invent, try out ideas, and make things. I’ve spent some time in makerspaces at a number of conferences, and last summer I wrote about my experience at Gary Stager’s Constructing Modern Knowledge 2014[MORE]

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@bigenhoc
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The Interactive MakerSpace at #NAISAC and The Maker Mindset

 

Want to learn more about Making and the Maker movement? Come visit us at the Interactive Maker Space at the NAIS Annual Conference. We will be located in the exhibit hall just outside the NAIS Bookstore.

The Maker Movement is taking the education world by storm. In an effort to help school administrators and teachers better understand this movement, NAIS is pleased to offer the NAIS Makerspace, located in the Exhibit Hall. This space will provide hands-on demonstrations, information about the movement, and ways in which you can implement parts of this approach at your own school. Learn about the revolutionary 3D printer, one of the greatest new technologies you can share with your students. Imagine students at one school developing parts for a joint robotics project in another school as they simply send over files to “print.” Witness this fascinating machine in action in our demonstration area. Attendees will also have the chance to design simple circuits and learn about how to teach robotics across disciplines. You can find out more information here.
Highlights of the NAIS Makerspace include:
  • Knowledgeable independent school teachers who are already involved in maker spaces at their schools. You will be able to interact with them as they help guide you through a small sample of demonstrations of physical and electronic prototyping including 3D printing and scanning, microcontrollers and circuit boards.
  • Robots of all sizes and shapes to reach nearly any age student.
  • You can put your hands to work as you explore the basics of electronic circuitry and logic gates through some amazing tools such as Little Bits. Basics of electronics that can be used by students of all ages. This includes explorations with Little Bits, to Makey Makey to component wiring and prototyping with electronic components and breadboards.
  • Try your hand at writing code to control the actions of various robots and circuits controlled by microcontrollers.
  • “Walk through” the Gallery of Making in Independent Schools: The gallery provides tangible, visible evidence of what other schools are doing in the world of making. Many different approaches will be represented.
  • Leave with a wealth of information and resources that you can further explore long after the conference.

Making is more than “Stuff”. Come by and talk with us about the “Maker Miindset”.

Graphic by Lisa Abel-Palmieri from The Ellis School

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Gallery of Independent School Maker Spaces

As you sit by the fire dreaming of warmer weather and waiting for your plane to take you to Boston for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference, take some time and read through the 20 schools that have submitted entries for the Gallery of Independent School Makerspaces.

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All schools have been invited to submit materials to be included in this gallery. While the gallery will help feed conversation at this year’s Annual Conference and the new Interactive Makerspace outside the NAIS Bookstore in the conference exhibit hall, it has been designed to live on long past the conference. The site is full of wonderful information about how each school approaches the collaborative, multidisciplinary, problem-based learning approach that is taking the nation by storm- Making and Makerspaces. The site is rich with stories, examples, photos, tips and resources that will help other schools explore how the world of “making” can fit into their schools. If you are interested in learning more about the maker movement and bringing “making” to your school, make sure you visit the Interactive MakerSpace in the exhibit hall.

Schools currently in the gallery:

  1. Berkeley Preparatory School: Tampa, FL
  2. Bement School: Deerfield, MA
  3. Bullis School: Potomac, MD
  4. Carolina Friends School: Durham, NC
  5. Chadwick School: Palos Verdes, CA
  6. Friends School of Baltimore: Baltimore, MD
  7. ‘Iolani School: Honolulu, HI
  8. The Kinkaid School: Houston TX
  9. Louisville Collegiate School: Louisville, KY
  10. Marymount School of New York: New York, NY
  11. Poughkeepsie Day School: Poughkeepsie, NY
  12. Sacramento Country Day School: Sacramento, CA
  13. Sea Crest School: Half Moon Bay, CA
  14. St. James Academy: Monkton, MD
  15. St. Johnsbury Academy: St. Johnsbury, VT
  16. St. Margaret’s Episcopal School: San Juan Capistrano, CA
  17. St. Martin’s Episcopal School: Metairie, LA
  18. University Child Development School: Seattle, WA
  19. Wilmington Friends School: Wilmington, DE
  20. York School: Monterey, CA

The Daily Find Feb. 13, 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.

  • You can add your blog to the feed by sending your name, school, job title and link to your blog to naisac15@gmail.com.

GETTING STARTED
Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

NAISAC 2015
#NAISAC TWEET ARCHIVE
Check out the Tweet Archive for #NAISAC! This is an archive of all the tweets sent using the official hashtag #NAISAC and the older form of the tag. This automatically archives each tweet including all links shared. This can be an extremely valuable resource as we move through the conference and beyond. Knowing that there are a lot of resources shared through links posted to Twitter, you will be able to return to this site and capture all those “gold nuggets”. This archive is also posted on the NAISAC community site under Community Sites on the right side of your screen.

Independent School Bloggers
The list of independent school bloggers continues to grow. You can see the current list posted on the main NAISAC Online Community site https://naisac15.wordpress.com/. Additionally, you will find an active RSS feed of these blogs posted on the lower right side of the site. New blogs are being posted to the site and added to the RSS feed as they are submitted. Check out the following link for information on how to submit a blog link to the community of Independent School Bloggers.

Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces
Check out the three submissions to the Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces! This link will help you can learn more about how to add your school to this growing list. This gallery is designed to be a resource long beyond the conference. If you are new to the idea of “Making” and MakerSpaces, check out the Interactive MakerSpace that will be on the exhibit floor during this year’s NAIS Annual conference!

COMMUNITY BLOGS

Larry Kahn
Four Opportunities to Learn about Mindfulness at this year’s NAIS Conference
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Ride the Tiger: Design the Revolution
I’m looking forward to the NAIS Annual Conference- #naisac15 – this year – assuming of course that Boston can dig its way out of all the snow. The theme is appealing:  “Design the Revolution”.  It’s a slogan that manages to [MORE]

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Upcoming Workshops at #NAISAC 2015: Cultural Competence & Public-Private Partnership
I am excited to collaborate with two great teams in workshops at the upcoming NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. In each case, we are hoping to provoke dialogue and catalyze action in areas that matter dearly to each of us — but to learn as much from the experience and insight of participants, as we [MORE]

Mark Crotty
Dreaming of School-Business Symbiosis
During my thirty-two years in independent education, one trend I’ve noticed is schools taking more and more lessons and directions from the world of business. Some of the topics which immediately jump to mind include[MORE]

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We educators offer great gifts to our 21st Century students when we demonstrate that we, too, can learn new things. By letting children see us mastering unfamiliar information, figuring out problems, overcoming challenges, and yes, even making mistakes, we help them develop more comfort and confidence when they make errors and feel like they are not making progress. [MORE]

Jennifer Carey
Have Mobile Phones in the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment?
Last week, while reviewing our class syllabus on the first day, I made a decision to do a little experiment. Rather than make the announcement that mobile phones should beturned off during class, I did the opposite. I told my visual anthropology class that unrestricted use of mobile phones in class would be allowed this semester. [MORE]

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Can Online “Teams” Be Smart
Should schools prepare students to participate meaningfully in a global economy and community? Of course they should. But for our students, this increasingly means interacting with others in an online environment.  So the fact that some teams are smarter than others because of members’ ability to read emotional expression might cause you to panic. [MORE]

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The Daily Find Feb 9, 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.

GETTING STARTED
Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

NAISAC 2015

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Join the Gallery of MakerSpaces
This year we will have an interactive makerspace in the exhibit hall just outside the NAIS Bookstore. Additionally, we are starting to assemble a gallery of independent school makerspaces. You can join Berkeley Preparatory School and University Child Development School in the Independent School MakerSpace Gallery.[MORE]

COMMUNITY BLOGS

Chris Thinnes
What if K-12 Education were more like Preschool?
The other day, a colleague and I preparing for a conference workshop gave ourselves some time to ask ourselves a number of the 30,000-foot questions we rarely take the time to ask. I found myself fascinated by how rarely in our national dialogue about K-12 school reform – dominated by a myopic, nostalgic, and restrictive construct of “college readiness” [MORE]

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My class, for years, for better or worse, has been mine. I’m not sure how to think about this autonomy. On certain days, this autonomy can lead a teacher to be complacent—leaning on this student to keeping the discussion alive, allowing that student to say nothing (yet docking her points in a gradebook for her complacency). On some days, like many teachers, I needed somebody to tell me that I [MORE]

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