Tag Archives: STEAM

Donorschoose May Be Used to Fund CMK Participation!

Public school educators may use crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose, to fund their participation in Constructing Modern Knowledge! The entire registration fee may be crowdfunded via DonorsChoose. Food, travel, and lodging may be partially funded. Matching funds are automatically available if this is the first time you have used DonorsChoose. Successful DonorsChoose Projects will cover the following costs: $950 […]

STEAM Like You Mean It!

Frequently, educators greet me by announcing, “I’m from a S.T.E.M. school.” I can’t help but wonder what they mean. Did their school not teach math or science last year? Engineering is the only obvious addition to the K-12 curriculum over the past forty years. Since acronyms stop for no man, many schools now seem concerned […]

Funding Opportunity for CMK – Deadline January 30th!

We have learned a few lessons from thirteen years of running Constructing Modern Knowledge. Empowered educators, empower children. Educators are capable, competent, and creative. Modern knowledge construction is impossible without access to traditional materials, books, tools, supplies, and cutting-edge technology. Educators profit immeasurably by spending time in the company of brilliant colleagues, faculty, and guest speakers. […]

The Subtlety of Prompt Setting

In Chapter Four of our new book, Invent to Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, we discuss the importance of prompt setting as a basis for project-based learning. I argue that “a good prompt is worth 1,000 words.” Projects are not the occasional dessert you get as a reward after consuming a […]

Beat the Winter Blahs with Classroom Making Books

It’s time to beef-up your classroom making library Here’s a chance to spend your Amazon gift cards and brighten your classroom with kids learning by making. The following is an assortment of recent discoveries to inspire independent reading, making, tinkering, and engineering in your classroom. There are beautiful project books filled with how-to advice, fun […]

Ayah Bdeir’s Conversation at Constructing Modern Knowledge

Constructing Modern Knowledge is known to not only attract creative educators from around the world, supported by a remarkable faculty, but for featuring innovative thinkers, inventors, creators, scholars, and educators as guest speakers. (see our speaker hall of fame) The 10th anniversary Constructing Modern Knowledge in 2017 featured talks by Deborah Meier, Peter Reynolds, Neil […]

Meet My Friends!

Last week, I spent a glorious day in Reggio Emilia, Italy chatting with one of my sheroes, Carla Rinaldi. For my money, Professor Rinaldi is the world’s most profound living thinker about teaching and learning. It took some convincing on my part, but Carla rearranged her schedule to be with us at Constructing Modern Knowledge, […]