If you were ever curious about what I believe or do as an educator, my summer institute, Constructing Modern Knowledge, represents me quite well. The energy, creativity, projects developed and guest speakers at last month’s institute makes CMK 2011 one of the proudest accomplishments of my career. Even when we lost electricity for a couple of hours, project-based learning continued unimpeded!
Educators from across the USA, Costa Rica and Australia came together for four days of project-based learning, collaboration and conversation with some of the greatest thinkers of our age. Registration will open in early September for the 5th Annual Constructing Modern Knowledge institute, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH. Add your email address to the mailing list for discount registration information as soon as it becomes available.
I’ve done a bit of work documenting a few of the learning stories captured at CMK 2011. I hope you and your colleagues enjoy them!
- Lessons learned from a creative, collaborative, computationally-rich, non-coercive, constructionist learning environment.
- Impossible – Documentation of a project blurring the boundaries between science, technology, engineering, mathematics and an insane project idea successfully realized.
- Serendipitous Learning – Documentation of a project blending S.T.E.M., invention, tinkering, history and linguistics inspired by an unlikely “object to think with.”
- Constructing Modern Mathematics or is it History? English? – Documentation of a project in which mathematics, computer science, history and art come together in a computationally rich environment.
- Tinkering Resources – Lots of links, resources and inspiration.
- CMK 2011 Construction Materials – Interested in downloading a list of the open-ended creativity software and construction materials being used at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011?
- A Constructionism Primer
- Three articles about effective project-based learning
- What attendees said about Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 (including Chris Lehmann)
CMK 2011 Participants Made a Video Documenting the Institute on Vimeo.
Created with flickr slideshow.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.
2 thoughts on “This is What Learning Looks Like”
Dr. Stager – you flatter me. And I thought I was just having fun doing something cool.
Thanks for a wonderful four days in beautiful Manchester! And anytime you get to Chicago, you are welcome in my home and my classroom.
Thanks so much for all of your inspiration and support. Assembling all of this is a lot more time-consuming than it should be!
Imagine if the Web were any good….
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