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 […]

Reflections from CMK 2014 – 2016

Below are a selection of reflective blog posts created by recent CMK participants. You may also enjoy the growing library of CMK project videos. CMK 2015 photos may be viewed here. CMK 2014 photos are gathered here. Here are even some ye olde recollections from CMK 2010 attendees. CMK GO! is a mobile, augmented reality game created at #cmk16 […]

Oh, The Stuff You Might Learn With at CMK 2013

Educators fortunate enough to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013 will be greeted by an amazing faculty, world-class guest speakers, a mountain of LEGO, a plethora of electronics, piles of art supplies, a fully stocked library, assorted toys, tools and countless other objects to think with. The goal is to have anything a learner might need […]

Conversation with CMK Faculty Member Brian Silverman [video]

I first met Brian Silverman in 1985 and found his curiosity, creativity, ingenuity and intellect astonishing. Brian may be the greatest learner I’ve ever met. If you lose track of him for a few months, Brian has been engaged in computer archaeology, tackling microbiology, inventing Turtle Art, studying art history, starting the Playful Invention Company, […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Young Makers & Tinkerers

Treat yourself or the other makers in your life to these incredible new (or old favorite) materials and sources of inspiration for future learning adventures. Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of this list for additional materials you’ll want under the tree. All of the recommended products are affordable and may […]

Casey Neistat’s Excellent Adventure – 1 Million Views in 2 Days

“There is little in life that can take the place of experience.” – CMK 2012 guest speaker and filmmaker extraordinaire Last summer, the first guest speaker I secured for Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012 was filmmaker Casey Neistat. That was before he produced a witty film for the New York Times comparing his human assistant to […]

Choice, Duh!

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 ended just a few days ago and I’m exhausted, but in the words of David Letterman, “It’s a good kind of tired.” CMK 2011 stands as one of the highlights of my career. Not only was I able to create a productive learning environment for approximately 90 educators from Australia to […]

Alfie Kohn on Teacher as Facilitator

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, also spoke at this summer institute in 2008. In this clip, Alfie Kohn discusses why teachers might think twice about embracing the metaphor of “teacher as facilitator.” Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH USA. Other guest speakers include: Deborah Meier, Dr. James […]

Alfie Kohn on Learning from the Inside Out

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 guest speaker, Alfie Kohn, also spoke at this summer institute in 2008. In this clip, Mr. Kohn addresses how children construct intellectual theories and knowledge from the inside out.” Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH USA. Learn more about the fantastic CMK 2010 guest speakers and […]