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News for Creative Educators
October 31, 2012
Dear Colleague:

I hope you are all dry and safe after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy!

I just returned from  my third trip downunder this year where I keynoted a conference on 1:1 computing and worked with schools. I will be back in Australia in May to keynote the Edutech Conference in Brisbane. Schools in Australia and New Zealand interested in working with me in late-May/early June should contact me. A few dates are still available.

I've already flown more than 150,000 miles this year, spoken at two Maker Faires, took my nephew on a genealogy tour of Eastern Europe, spoke at my 25th NECC/ISTE Conference, worked with the world-class school architecture/design firm Fielding-Nair International, led a 3-day PBL workshop in Los Angeles, hosted an amazing CMK 2012 and continue my work as the Director of S.T.E.M. for The Oaks School in Hollywood.

In the coming weeks, I'll be keynoting conferences in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ontario and New York. I'm also leading my first half-day "Digital Reggio" workshop at the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Atlanta and making several presentations at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in New Hampshire. Check out my calendar and come say, "Hello!"

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012 was an astounding success! The sophistication of projects and demonstrations of talent, creativity and ingenuity shared by participants were truly mind-boggling.

Register today for CMK 2013 and save!


Registration is now open for what promises to be the world's premiere project-based learning event, the 6th Annual Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute, July 9-12 in Manchester, New Hampshire (USA). This year’s CMK 2012 promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

Unrivaled guest speakers include Dale Dougherty, Tod Machover, Eleanor Duckworth, Deborah Meier and one more speaker to be announced soon. Dale Dougherty is the founder and publisher of Make Magazine, as well as the creator of Maker Faire. He was called a "champion of change" by the White House.

Veteran Piagetian science educator and Harvard Professor Dr. Eleanor Duckworth will join McArthur Genius school reformer, principal, teacher and author, Deborah Meier, for a once-in-a-lifetime conversation, “The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas.” This is Deborah Meier’s third appearance at Constructing Modern Knowledge!

The Big Night Out in Boston will begin with a reception at the world-famous MIT Media Lab, hosted by composer, inventor and educator Professor Tod Machover. Guitar Hero was born in his research lab.

The whimsical co-inventor of the Makey Makey Invention Kit and other cool creativity toys, Eric Rosenbaum joins our expert faculty for the first time this year.

Remarkable guest speakers and faculty for CMK 2013
Remarkable guest speakers & faculty slated for CMK 2013

Experience over the past five years indicates that schools who send teams of educators gain the greatest impact from the CMK experience. For that reason, Constructing Modern Knowledge is now offering substantial team discounts! Super early-bird discounted registration iends December 1st! Save a bundle by registering today!

Best Wishes,

Team discounts now available for CMK 2012

Team Discounts

Save & make CMK more rewarding: When teams of educators attend Constructing Modern Knowledge together, they create shared memories, ideas and skills they make take back to their school (or district) and have a greater impact on daily classroom practice.

Register 6 or more participants and take 10% off the already low registration price!

Register a dozen participants and only pay for ten!

Attending solo? Super early-bird pricing is now in effect!
The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas

The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013 continues the CMK tradition of offering educators intimate opportunities to interact with some of the leading thinkers of our age.

This July, legendary educators Eleanor Duckworth and Deborah Meier will engage in a once-in-a-lifetime  conversation titled, “The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas.” You don’t want to miss this stimulating exchange of powerful ideas! Such opportunities only exist at CMK!
The Muses Go To School

Stager Chapter

In new Herb Kohl book:
Gary Stager, has written a chapter in the new book by legendary education author Herbert Kohl, "The Muses Go to School: Inspiring Storis About the Importance of Art in Education."
Free Computing & Problem Solving Books

Free Books!

Classic math, programming & 1:1 computing texts: With the permission of the author, Dr. Barry Newell, I have digitized and am sharing his classic problem solving texts, Turtle Confusion and Turtles Speak Mathematics. Download the books here.

1:1 Computing
In 1990, I had the great privilege of leading professional development in the world's first two 1:1 schools. In 1993, the faculty of one of those schools (MLC) collaborated on this book, "Reflections of a Learning Community," that is once again available online.
Video of conversation about Making in the classroom

Strategies for Hands-on Learning

Video interview of Gary Stager: Steve Hargadon interviewed me at the San Mateo Maker Faire in May 2012. I discuss strategies for bringing Maker culture to the classroom. Watch it here and share!
Kaynote & Workshop Topics

Keynotes & Workshops

Topics & PD for your school or conference: Check out some of the keynote and workshops led by Gary Stager. Book PD or speaking services by emailing.

Read reviews of Gary's work written by prominent educators. See where I'll be speaking.
Makey Makey

You Need a Makey Makey!

Brilliant young inventor joins the CMK 2013 faculty!: Eric Rosenbaum, the co-inventor of the amazing Makey Makey, an interface that turns anything into a computer keyboard or joystick has joined the amazing faculty for Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013. Imagine playing a piano made of bananas or controlling PowerPoint with a croissant! You can with a Makey Makey. Learn more about Eric and the CMK 2013 faculty here.
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Proud!

CMK alumni share their wisdom: I couldn't be prouder that recent Constructing Modern Knowledge participants organized a panel discussion on clasroom making and tinkering for the World Maker Faire in New York City in late September! Congrats to Andrew Carle, Tracy Rudzitis, Francesca Zammarano, Josh Burker and James Tiffin, Jr. (left-to-right)

Great Music

This recording is nearly perfect: If you enjoy great music performed with remarkable precision, talent and emotion, you should really own this long-awaited new CD by Branford Marsalis' Quartet.
Shameless Shape Shifters

Shamless Shape Shifters

From the Huffington Post:
Read how I was hoodwinked by Rupert Murdoch and Joel Klein and the lenghts they'll go to put a happy face on their terrible products.
New book by Jonathan Kozol

Long Awaited

New book by legendary author Jonathan Kozol: Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America is the latest masterpiece by National Book Award-winner, civil rights activist and educator, Jonathan Kozol. The book will inspire you to take action.

In September, Constructing Modern Knowledge produced its first distinguised speaker seminar featuring Mr. Kozol in Los Angeles.
101 Things I Learned in Film School

Must Have!

You need this terrific book: Any teacher of writing, filmmaking or multimedia production needs a copy of this clear, concise and insightful little book, 101 Things I Learned in Film School!

The classic, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field, is a great companion book.

Outstanding Customer Service

World's coolest iPad case: When I saw that President Obama had a custom Dodo iPad case, I decided to get my own. I tweeted the company when I broke mine and they immediately shipped me a new & improved version of my customized case FOR FREE!

He'd Do it for Me

Will Richardson has a new book: Check out my pal Will Richardson's tiny new TED Kindle book, Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere.

New Paper

Friends of Papertian Constructionism: I presented the new paper, "Friends of Papertian Constructionism" at the Constructionism 2012 Conference in Athens, August 2012.
Favorite cameras for classrooms

Classroom Cameras

Best for classroom use: Cameras are invaluable in the classroom. Here are my current favorites for every occasion.
Gary Stager's blog

New Blog Posts

From Stager-to-Go: In this provocative blog post, Gary questions the wisdom and fairness of preemptive summer homework.

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A Good Prompt is Worth 1,000 Words

5 Articles on Effective PBL

"A Good Prompt is Worth 1,000 Words": Here are five reproducible articles on effective project-based learning by Gary Stager.
Gary Stager & Caine of Cain's Arcade

Kid Power

Kid's ingenuity goes viral: You may have seen this incredibly heartwarming video by now about the 9 year-old who built an arcade out of cardboard. If not, you owe it to yourself to watch and be reminded that kids are capable of doing remarkable things. The video has enjoyed millions of views and a forune has been raised for a scholarship fund!
CMK 2013
 
important video worthy of your attention

Brilliant Video

Our current world and powerful ideas: I shot this amateur video at the Constructionism 2012 Conference in Athens, Greece. It is a recording of Dr. Mike Eisenberg‘s remarkable plenary address based on his paper, “Constructionism: New Technologies, New Purposes.”

Anyone interested in learning, emerging technology, creativity, the arts, science or craft would be wise to watch this terrific presentation. Watch it here.

Sugru web site

Play with Sugru!

Air-cured rubber: "Because the future needs fixing," you need to get your hands on Sugru. Sitck objects together or mold it like clay and in 24 hours, you have rubber!
The Daily Papert

The Daily Papert

DailyPapert.com: Do you read or subscribe to The Daily Papert? The site shares the wit & wisdom of Seymour Papert 4 days each week. It has been on a bit of a hiatus, but will be up and running with great new content shortly.

CS for All

The Beauty & Joy of Computing: My old friend, the brilliant computer science educator Brian Harvey, has created a free computer science course for non-CS majors and high school kids using Snap!, an extension of Scratch. Check out The Beauty and Joy of Computing.
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