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Maker workshop for teachers @ Zurich International School

On March 3, 2016 I delivered a Makers Workshop for the teachers in ZIS. It was a great opportunity for teachers to have hands on experience in making.

Turning one of the classrooms into a Makerspace, allowed them to explore how teaching and learning take place in a Makerspace. One corner as a Makers’ Library, one corner for sewing, one corner for carpentry, another for tools and resources and two tables to be used as workspaces were set up.

Makers’ Library

Maker Workshop @ZIS

Sewing Corner

Maker Workshop @ZIS

Resource Center

Maker Workshop @ZIS


Maker Workshop @ZISMaker Workshop @ZIS

First of all, I asked each teacher, the moment they entered the classroom a question: “Would you prefer the past or the future?”. This allowed me to divide them into two table groups. I started my presentation by going over what Maker Culture is and where the Maker Movement finds its place in the classroom. I followed this by reading a paragraph from the book ‘ Time Traveling with a Hamster‘. As you might have guessed, it is a children’s book about time travel. I asked the future and past teams to design a 3D interactive poster to promote time travel to the past or the future. Their posters were awesome! They had deep conversations around the tables viewing each groups’ final product. This not only gave the teachers the chance to make something but also sparked conversations around the value of making in education. The feedback I got from the teachers was great! They said it was a great opportunity for them and they learned a lot!

Please have a look at the photo album of the whole workshop below.
Maker Workshop @ZIS

Do you think Maker Culture has a place in education? Let me know what you think:)


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Parent Tech Morning for Grade 1 Parents

This morning I ran a technology workshop with Grade 1 parents about the tools that their kids use in their classrooms. We started with the blogs of 1S and 1Y. We talked about what the appropriate ways of commenting are. I reminded them about quality commenting. They did a great job that later on Ms. Saito (1S) came down and said that she had a lot of comments on her blog to approve, she was very surprised to see a lot of parents blogging. After commenting on the blogs, parents created their own  accounts on Voicethread. Grade 1’s already started working on their voicethreads on transportation systems. The parents are going to comment on the voicethreads when they are published next week.
It was such a lovely morning!
Thank you for joining me this morning grade 1 parents!


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Tech Sessions for Parents in Elementary

Two weeks ago on a Friday morning I ran a workshop for the Kindergarten Parents on getting familiar with the tech tools that their kids are using. I showed them how to leave a comment on the class blogs, contribute and add comments on Voicethread and how to create a Google Reader account. I had around 10 parents who showed up and they said they really benefited from the workshop. As it went all well, I decided to run the workshops for all grade level parents on the following weeks. As the IT department we are offering the whole school parents a tech workshop once a month. Although it is well received and the attendance is quite high, I noticed when the workshops are tailored for specific grade levels, the attendance and the focus get higher. I am looking forward to the workshop with Grade 1 parents this Friday.

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