Resources

Materials and links of interest to creative educators

New Book and Great Honor

One great joy of my life has been getting to know and work with so many of my heroes/sheroes. Even greater satisfaction comes from sharing those people with my fellow educators, via books, presentations, and the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. Over dinner thirty years ago, one of my mentors, Dan Watt dropped some wisdom […]

The Subtlety of Prompt Setting

In Chapter Four of our new book, Invent to Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, we discuss the importance of prompt setting as a basis for project-based learning. I argue that “a good prompt is worth 1,000 words.” Projects are not the occasional dessert you get as a reward after consuming a […]

Beat the Winter Blahs with Classroom Making Books

It’s time to beef-up your classroom making library Here’s a chance to spend your Amazon gift cards and brighten your classroom with kids learning by making. The following is an assortment of recent discoveries to inspire independent reading, making, tinkering, and engineering in your classroom. There are beautiful project books filled with how-to advice, fun […]

It’s a Book!

I’m thrilled to announce that our publishing company, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, has released a new and expanded second edition of our book, Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. The new book is available in softcover, hardcover, and Kindle editions. Sylvia Martinez and I are enormously proud of how Invent To Learn has […]

CMK Recollections

Constructing Modern Knowledge is coming back July 14-17, 2020! Free-Range Kids Advocate Lenore Skenazy & Legendary Education Author Alfie Kohn are the first confirmed guest speakers! Registration is now open! Constructing Modern Knowledge 2019 is now history. On July 16-19, educators from more than a dozen countries descended upon Manchester, New Hampshire for our eleventh annual […]

Carla Rinaldi’s Questions About Technology & Learning

Click slide to expand There are new questions that documentation can help us to answer: How the learning modalities of children / teenagers change with digital media, if they change? But if learning is to construct meanings in a social context, then we should no longer talk about digital tools but DIGITAL CONTEXT or perhaps a […]

Professional Development Gets Personal

Hello World is a free, glossy, well-edited magazine for educators published by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Gary Stager has written two featured articles in the first four issues of the publication. His latest article, Professional Development Gets Personal, shares lessons learned over a decade of Constructing Modern Knowledge.               […]

Free New littleBits Code Kit to Pre-CMK Workshop Registrants

Thanks to the enormous generosity of our friends at littleBits, all registrants for the pre-CMK Introduction to Learning with Electronics workshop will receive a the brand new littleBits Code Kit for free! ($299 SRP value) Use the magnetic littleBits elements, including a new display, to design, build, test, and program your own interactive games and […]

Reflections from CMK 2014 – 2019

Below are a selection of reflective blog posts created by recent CMK participants. You may also enjoy the growing library of CMK project videos. 2019 Tweets from CMK 2019 (people seemed too busy to blog) CMK 2019 Twitter Moments Brian C. Smith’s CMK 2019 Photo Album Josh Burker’s CMK 2019 Photo Album Vlogs and Project Videos […]