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Derrick Pitts Videos

Educators who attended Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with noted astronomer and planetarium director, Dr. Derrick Pitts. Below is video of his talk at CMK 2011 and a University of Wisconsin Big Learning Event where he talks about curiosity and how school beats it out of kids.   Tweet This […]

Impossible!

Constructing Modern Knowledge begins with a ritual intended to kickoff four days of project-based learning. I learned a version of this brainstorming technique in the 1980s from my mentors, Dan and Molly Lynn Watt. I ask participants to take over their teacher hat and put on their learner hat; to spend a few days learning […]

Supersize CMK

I created Constructing Modern Knowledge (CMK) four years ago as a labor of love. I was growing increasingly concerned that educators lacked the time necessary to develop fluency with the software environments they embrace for students and may not have a deep enough understanding of learning theory or progressive educational practices to situate classroom computer […]

Cynthia Solomon, EdTech Heroine

There’s chatter from time-to-time within the edtech community about the lack of women in prominent roles. Yet, some of the most important pioneers in the field are ignored, overlooked or marginalized by the very same educators seeking representation and role models. If Seymour Papert is the “father of educational computing,” then Dr. Cynthia Solomon is […]

Derrick Pitts Explains New DNA Discovery on MSNBC

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 guest speaker, Dr. Derrick Pitts, was once again featured on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the recent NASA discovery of how arsenic may replace phosphorous as a building block of life. Spend time with Dr. Pitts at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 Tweet This Post

CMK 2011 Reaches for the Stars!

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010, a minds-on institute for educators, has confirmed Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute! Dr. Pitts joins our interstellar faculty and intergalactic guest speakers, Jonathan Kozol, Dr. Lella Gandini and Professor Mitchel Resnick. About Derrick Pitts Dr. Pitts has been named as one of the 50 […]