Brilliant Scholar To Speak at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2014

NOTE: Dr. Ackermann will be returning for Constructing Modern Knowledge 2015! Dr. Edith Ackermann is one of the wisest, creative, and most graceful people I have ever met. She is a development psychologist with the intuition of a designer and the sensibility of an artist. Few people are as gifted at explaining the intersection of […]

The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013 continues the CMK tradition of offering educators intimate opportunities to interact with some of the leading thinkers of our age. This July, legendary educators Eleanor Duckworth and Deborah Meier will engage in a once-in-a-lifetime  conversation titled, “The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas.” You don’t want to miss this stimulating exchange of powerful […]

A Constructionism Primer

Here are some web-based papers and articles you might read if you are interested in learning more about Dr. Seymour Papert’s theory of constructionism. Constructionism vs. Instructionism by Seymour Papert Constructivism(s): Shared roots, crossed paths, multiple legacies – a brilliant overview of constructivism and constructionism by Edith Ackermann. Computer as Material: Messing About With Time […]

CMK 2011 Construction Materials

Interested in downloading a list of the open-ended creativity software and construction materials being used at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011? Click here for a PDF list of many of the materials available to participants. This is but a brief list of the most popular stuff folks will be tinkering with! Click here for our recommended […]

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 […]

Deborah Meier’s “We All Know Why We’re Here” video

Two-time CMK guest speaker and veteran school reformer, Deborah Meier, has generously shared this 1980 documentary (29 minutes) about Central Park Elementary School and the innovative practices that gave birth to the small school movement and countless progressive education reforms. You are free to watch, download and share this video with colleagues, but please subscribe […]

CMK 2010 – A Huge Success!

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 exceeded my wildest dreams. The quality of the speakers was only surpassed by the energy level and amazing project work engaged in by the participants. Brand new teachers joined school administrators and edtech veterans in our learning environment rich in objects to think with. K-12, higher-education and multiple disciplines were all […]

Alfie Kohn’s New EdWeek Article

Educators fortunate enough to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 got to witness an amazing conversation between two of America’s most provocative and accomplished educators, Alfie Kohn and Deborah Meier (watch this site for video in the near future). Mark your calendars for a mind-blowing Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011, to be held July 11-14, 2011. Registration […]