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About CMK 2017

Constructing Modern Knowledge, July 10-13, 2018 is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will 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 the fantastic event. Rather than spend days listening to a series of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Super Awesome Sylvia Joins CMK 2012 Faculty!

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012 celebrates computing, creativity and children by adding blog, YouTube and MakerFaire sensation, Super Awesome Sylvia as a guest speaker and faculty member at CMK 2012, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sylvia’s enthusiasm, curiosity, ingenuity and passion have inspired hundreds of thousands of children and adults to tinker with cutting-edge […]

Project Approach Guru to Speak at CMK 2012

Dr. Lilian Katz, a pioneer in the “project approach” to teaching and learning, will be a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH! Dr. Katz’s expertise in early childhood education learning through project work will make a significant contribution to CMK 2012. Register today and learn with a world-class […]

CMK 2011 in < 30 Minutes

Lindsay, Bill, Jorge Nelson and Adam Provost embraced documenting the Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 experience as their project. The following 29 minute video does a nice job of capturing the CMK experience and chronicles the amazing variety of projects and speakers enjoyed by participants. The rock band KISS makes an appearance too – yes, really! […]

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 […]

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 […]