Summer Institute

About Constructing Modern Knowledge 2017
July 10-13, 2018
Manchester, NH USA

Constructing Modern Knowledge is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty. Inspirational guest speakers and social events round out the fantastic event. Here is the preliminary schedule for Constructing Modern Knowledge 2017!

Rather than spend days listening to a series of speakers, Constructing Modern Knowledge is about action. Attendees will work and interact with educational experts concerned with maximizing the potential of every learner.

Kate Tabor talks with Alfie Kohn at CMK 2010

While our outstanding faculty is comprised of educational pioneers, bestselling authors and inventors of educational technologies we depend on, the real power of Constructing Modern Knowledge emerges from the collaborative project development of participants.

Building a simulation with Bob Tinker at the first CMK in 2008

Each day’s program consists of a discussion of powerful ideas, mini tutorials on-demand, immersive learning adventures designed to challenge one’s thinking, substantial time for project work and a reflection period.

The agenda will be shaped by the community, but the following is a list of potential themes for exploration:

  • Creativity and learning
  • Constructivism and constructionism
  • Project-based learning
  • 1:1 Computing
  • Problem solving across the curriculum
  • Student leadership and empowerment
  • Reinventing mathematics education
  • Computer science as a basic skill
  • Storytelling
  • School reform
  • Tinkering
  • Effective professional development
  • Sustaining innovation

21st Century educators need to develop their own technological fluency and understand learning in order to meet the changing needs and expectations of their students.

Constructing Modern Knowledge will help participants enhance their tech skills, expand their vision of how computers may enhance the learning environment and leave with practical ideas to use in the classroom.

Capturing the final projects

Bring your laptop, digital camera/video camera and imagination!

One of the world’s great scientists, Dr. Marvin Minsky, leads a fireside chat

The following are participant reflections from our recent institute. They should help you understand the unique nature of CMK.

Although the program is not yet finalized for CMK 2017, you make look at a draft of last year’s schedule for a sense of the institute organization.

Your CMK 2017 registration fee includes the entire conference program, complimentary creativity software, gala institute dinner and a night on the town in Boston, including a reception at the world-famous M.I.T. Media Lab.

Don’t Miss Out! Register Today!


Constructing Modern Knowledge is organized by Gary S. Stager and sponsored by Constructing Modern Knowledge, LLC.