Dear Aussie Colleague and Friend,

You should all know by now how much I love you country and admire the work that you do. Seven years ago, I created a most amazing institute for educators, Constructing Modern Knowledge, and I want you to attend! CMK 2014 is only about a week following ISTE 2014. Why not add some learning-by-doing to your “study” tour?Aussie gals

CMK is a labour of love, run at significant personal financial risk, but I want you to experience the magic for yourself. For that reason, I am offering you an unbelievable discount unavailable to anyone, but Australian ISTE “study tour” participants. Use the promotional code aussieiste and save $295 off the already low registration price. Add four nights at the venue hotel at $133/night, and a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience will cost you less than $1,000! In fact, you’ll have enough money left over to buy one American-sized sandwich suitable for dining on for the duration of CMK!

Share your hotel room, upstairs from our event and save even more!

Constructing Modern Knowledge is NOT a conference!  There are no sit ‘n git sessions. Although we have guest speakers, they spend time with you rather than talk at you. CMK models the Piagetian notions that knowledge is a consequence of experience and to understand is to invent.

Each participant enjoys the luxury of time to work on personally meaningful projects alone or with others over the duration of four days. A wealth of high and low-tech construction materials, toys, books, art supplies, software, and peripherals are within arm’s reach. The exciting new tools of the maker movement – Arduino and other micro controllers, wearable computing components, electronic parts, software, various robotics kits, etc… – are also there for your use. The most amazing faculty will support you in your work and you will get to interact with brilliant guest speakers representing the most superior expertise in the fields they represent.

Oh yeah, did I mention that we go to Boston one night for a big night out beginning with a reception at the legendary MIT Media Lab hosted by Professor Mitchel Resnick, creator of Scratch and Director of the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten Group. In the past, Dr. Marvin Minsky, one of the world’s greatest living scientists has led an informal “fireside chat” for interested CMK participants. We have an institute dinner at an all-you-can eat Brazilian churrascaria and lots of other surprises are also planned for CMK 2014!

This year’s guest speakers include:

  • The world’s preeminent treehouse designer and TV show star, Pete Nelson
  • Professor Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab
  • Dr. Edith Ackermann, perhaps the world’s most profound learning theorist. She worked closely with Jean Piaget, Seymour Papert, and Ernst Von Glasserfeld
  • Joey Hudy, star of the White House Science Fair, Maker Faires around the world and Intel’s youngest employee ever

Our faculty includes gifted educators, authors, tinkerers, and living legends including one of the inventors of Logo (Dr. Cynthia Solomon), the creator of dozens of programming environments for kids (Brian Silverman), and the inventor of the Makey Makey (Eric Rosenbaum).

Manchester, New Hampshire boasts a great inexpensive airport with a free hotel shuttle, dozens of lovely bars and restaurants within walking distance of the venue, and is cool in July. The locals call their quaint city, Manch Vegas. CMK is also within an hour’s drive of Boston, one of the world’s great cities. Atlanta is a 2.5 hour flight away. Washington, D.C. and New York City are in the middle.

Please look around this web site to learn more about Constructing Modern Knowledge 2014. Register today before time runs out!

Please do not share this information with non Australian ISTE Study Tour participants. Disqualification is at the discretion of the event organizers.