Joi de Vivre Personified (Edith Ackermann R.I.P.)

On Christmas Eve (2016), the world lost one of its most profound thinkers when learning theorist, Dr. Edith Ackermann, left us at age 70. Anyone blessed with even the most casual encounter with Edith embraced her as a mentor, collaborator, and friend. She bestowed boundless respect upon anyone trying to make the world more beautiful, just, […]

CMK 17 Guest Speakers Announced

Constructing Modern Knowledge, now in its 10th year, is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants 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 a fantastic event. Rather than spend days listening to a […]

Maker Movement Pioneer to Speak at CMK 2017

Constructing Modern Knowledge is excited to announce that physicist, educator, and inventor of the maker movement, Professor Neil Gershenfeld  will be a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2017, July 11-14, 2017 in Manchester, New Hampshire (USA). He joins the ranks of other remarkable guest speakers and a world-class faculty. Back in 2005, Gershenfeld predicted the maker movement […]

Ayah Bdeir to Speak at CMK 2017

Constructing Modern Knowledge is excited to announce that artist, inventor, engineer, and business leader, Ayah Bdeir will be a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2017, July 11-14, 2017 in Manchester, New Hampshire (USA). She joins the ranks of other remarkable guest speakers and a world-class faculty. Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform […]

New CMK Features

We take the unique design and experience of Constructing Modern Knowledge seriously. We also try our best to be responsive to the needs of the diverse learners who participate in our institute. Based on feedback and success at last year’s institute, we have decided to add two new features to the CMK 2017 experience. Optional […]

Musical Legends Share Their Genius at CMK 2015

Over the past seven years, Constructing Modern Knowledge has become known as the place where educators embrace new possibilities and achieve beyond their wildest expectations. CMK is also where educators get to meet their educational heroes (Deborah Meier, Jonathan Kozol, Alfie Kohn, Lella Gandini, Lilian Katz, Bob Tinker, Edith Ackermann) spend time with living legends […]

Artist, Engineer, & Activist Leah Buechley In-residence at CMK 2015

Constructing Modern Knowledge is thrilled to announce Dr. Leah Buechley as a guest speaker at CMK 2015, July 7-10,2015 in Manchester, NH.  As is the tradition at Constructing Modern Knowledge, Leah will not just speak, but spend time working with institute participants! Leah Buechley is a designer, engineer, artist, and educator whose work explores intersections […]

My Teachers, Now Yours – CMK Welcomes Dan & Molly Lynn Watt

Constructing Modern Knowledge at its core is a celebration of learning-by-doing and access to expertise. Each year, educators create projects of remarkable complexity, sophistication, beauty, or whimsy without having been taught to do so. As the number of participants has grown over the past six years, CMK has demonstrated that teachers are competent, learning is […]

Cam Perron – Latest CMK 2014 Guest Speaker!

I begin many of my keynote addresses by saying, “I’m not surprised when kids do extraordinary things. I’m surprised when adults are surprised that kids are capable of doing remarkable things. I expect it.” The years kids spend in school are when they become poets, philosophers, politicians, pediatricians, painters, pianists, punters, physicists… In a 2010 […]