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Sunday, May 7 • 11:00am - 11:30am
A Digital Design and Fabrication Approach to Pedagogical and Curricular Exploration in Teacher Preparation and Professional Development FULL

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At the intersection of digital fabrication technologies, human-centered design practices, and constructivist orientations to domain-related thinking and learning, students and teachers are afforded a host of expanded possibilities. As education researchers exploring how these technologies might be used to engage students and teachers in new learning experiences, we hypothesized that a digital design and fabrication approach to pedagogical, technological and curricular exploration aligns with the kind of progressive, inquiry-oriented pedagogy we aim to cultivate in K-12 teachers. Moreover, we anticipated that this engagement would diversify pathways for them to understand the complex challenges of teaching and learning, prepare them for a STEAM-infused changing world, and support the development of their 21st Century skills. In this presentation, we will facilitate a discussion about the potential of digital design and fabrication experiences within teacher preparation and professional development and share findings from our research into design practices we created for pre-service and in-service teachers. We’ll also share we’ve learned about the knowledge these teachers bring to bear on their design work and the implications for their pedagogy. We draw on these findings to suggest the promise of a digital design and fabrication experience within teacher preparation and professional development.

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Steven Greenstein

Presenter, Montclair State University
Steven Greenstein is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Montclair State University. Through his research he aims to democratize access to authentic mathematical activity that honors the diversity of children’s mathematical thinking, that nurtures intellectual agency... Read More →
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Justin Olmanson

Higher Ed Instructor/Professor, UNL
Justin Olmanson is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. His research focuses on the design, integration, and use of technology for: making new forms of expression possible, overcoming barriers to expression, and reducing the violence... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Meeting Room C