Join network colleagues on Thursday, April 9th from 1pm-2pm EST for a webinar on Tinkering and the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning.
Grab a 12" x 12" piece of tinfoil and be ready to explore how tinkering ("making") is fast becoming a transformative learning opportunity, a platform to reinforce and measure 21st century skills and a powerful means for collaboration across multiple learning environments.
Hosted by Vermont Afterschool, Inc., the conversation will be led by Kylie Peppler, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of The Creativity Lab at Indiana University; Christy Gallese, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities, Burlington School District (VT); and Rachel Donegan, Educator, Montshire Museum, Norwich VT.
Webinar Link: http://bit.ly/1FNv2Am
Access Code: 640 306 910
Tinkering ("making") is the intersection of science, art and technology. It is about using familiar materials in unfamiliar ways to create and "make" - individually or with others - something that has meaning to the tinkerer. It is a mindset. This working definition of tinkering will be the catalyst for discussing ways formal and informal educators can engage K-12 grade youth in tinkering as a transformative learning experience. In tinkering, youth are celebrate regardless of their "stance" as a tinkerer.
Through careful observation, both formal and informal educators can capture a child's emerging "transferrable" (21st century) skills while they move through the iterative process of designing something functional, aesthetically pleasing or both! Researcher Kylie Peppler will anchor the webinar with comments from Vermont informal educators working to collaborate with other tinkering-minded educators across school day, afterschool and summer learning.
Get your tinfoil handy and register now!