Resources

Materials and links of interest to creative educators

What’s Your Hurry?

All children should learn to program, not because it may lead to a job, but because it is a new liberal art and grants young people agency over an increasingly and technologically sophisticated world. At a time of rising authoritarianism and science denialism, it seems prudent to provide kids with experiences that develop a systematic […]

Donorschoose May Be Used to Fund CMK 2020 Participation!

Public school educators may use crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose, to fund their participation in Constructing Modern Knowledge 2020! The entire registration fee may be crowdfunded via DonorsChoose. Food, travel, and lodging may be partially funded. Matching funds are automatically available if this is the first time you have used DonorsChoose. Successful DonorsChoose Projects will cover the following costs: […]

Free download – “Ten Considerations for Teaching Coding to Children”

Download the chapter “Ten Considerations for Teaching Coding to Children“ by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez from the book, Creating the Coding Generation in Primary Schools: A Practical Guide to Cross-Curricular Teaching. Download – Ten Considerations for Teaching Coding to Children (PDF) Buy the book on Amazon   Come to Constructing Modern Knowledge 2020 – July 14-17, […]

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 […]