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CMK – Back for an 11th Summer!

We are excited to announce that the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute will be returning for an 11th year, July 10-13, 2018. Discount early-bird registration is now open! Sylvia Martinez and I created Constructing Modern Knowledge more than a decade ago to build a bridge between the learner-centered ideals of progressive educators and the modern knowledge […]

The Future (of CMK) is Now!

Constructing Modern Knowledge, celebrates its 10th anniversary this July 11-14, and represents the best work of my life. Before anyone was discussing the maker movement in schools, Constructing Modern Knowledge created a four-day oasis where educators could learn-by-doing through the construction of personally meaningful projects with digital and traditional materials. From the start, CMK was never a conference. […]

Free New littleBits Code Kit to Pre-CMK Workshop Registrants

Thanks to the enormous generosity of our friends at littleBits, all registrants for the pre-CMK Introduction to Learning with Electronics workshop will receive a the brand new littleBits Code Kit for free! ($299 SRP value) Use the magnetic littleBits elements, including a new display, to design, build, test, and program your own interactive games and […]

MaKey MaKey Co-Inventor, Eric Rosenbaum, Joins All-Star Lineup at CMK 2017

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2017 is thrilled to announce that Dr. Eric Rosenbaum will be joining our 10th annual summer institute, July 11-14 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Eric, one of the most prolific inventors of creative play materials for learners (MaKey MaKey, Beetleblocks, Singing Fingers, Coloring Cam – to name a few) will provide CMK 2017 participants […]

Imagine If These Were Your Teachers

Learn WITH Innovators Constructing Modern Knowledge, now in its 9th year, has a proven track record of providing opportunities for working educators to be in the company of their heroes, experts, and thought leaders. (see our Hall of Fame). Our remarkable faculty supports your project work while guest speakers don’t just make a PowerPoint presentation and […]

Amazing Guest Speakers

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2017 is committed to making connections between child-centered learning theories and the creative construction of knowledge with computers. In addition to providing a rich sandbox where educators enjoy the luxury of time to work on personally rewarding projects, there are occasional opportunities to interact with some of the greatest educational minds of our […]

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 […]

Download Cool Classic Math and Programming Books!

An old friend of mine, Dr. Barry Newell, is an astrophysicist who was was the Administrator (in the NASA sense) of Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories of the Australian National University. He now works on the dynamics of social-ecological systems. In his spare time (back in 1988), he wrote two classic books on Logo programming […]

Constructing Modern Mathematics or is it History? English?

Chicago middle school English teacher extraordinaire, Kate Tabor, returned to Constructing Modern Knowledge for the second consecutive year. In 2010, Kate spent her time at CMK using MicroWorlds to program randomly generated Shakespearean insults. Computer programming and mathematical thinking were used to explore linguistics and literature in a whimsical fashion. Read her recollections from CMK […]

On the Move at CMK!

Take a peek into the learning environment created at Constructing Modern Knowledge and you’ll find the computers, cameras, toys, junk food, books, building materials, tools, art supplies, MIDI keyboards, drawing tablets, software and expertise that comprise the modern learning environment. It’s a four-day “lifelong kindergarten” if you will – a workshop, a library, a classroom, […]