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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Thursday, July 21 • 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Making is Not Enough: Building a Culture of Creators Schoolwide

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While the Maker Movement is lauded as the latest technological panacea for education, many educators struggle to understand and implement the tenets of this cultural return-to-craft. In this presentation, JD Pirtle, director of innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, will demonstrate how to build a permanent culture of creating and true innovation that involves every student, teacher, and staff member in your school. Attendees will learn how Catherine Cook School has grown from 1:1, document cameras, and Smartboards into a leader in the intentional use of emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, data visualization, robotics, and computer programming in the last few years—culminating with hosting a national conference on emerging technology in the classroom.

Attendees will see/learn:

- Real-world examples of engaging curriculum that begins with preliterate 3 year-olds, and grows with each student through high school.
- Best practices for incorporating emerging and traditional technologies into all aspects of school life and disciplines.
- Empowering students and faculty to be producers, not just consumers of technology.
- How to get buy-in from board of directors, administration, and parents.
- Methods for conducting transformative professional development for faculty.

Speakers
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JD Pirtle

Director of Innovation, Catherine Cook School
JD Pirtle is an artist and educator interested in computational, generative and algorithmic processes–particularly those that utilize or produce open-source software. He is currently the Director of Innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, teaching programming, electronics, robotics and rapid prototyping for expression and inquiry. Pirtle founded and now directs the school’s IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art) program, a... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza