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Josh Burker

The School at Columbia University
Josh Burker 

Josh Burker is a constructionist educator, author, digital artist, and programmer. He earned a BA in English and Education from Colby College and a MA in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. He is a fellow at the annual Constructing Modern Knowledge Institute. Josh taught and worked in technology in both public and private schools for the past 16 years and now writes books and consults on educational projects that he finds inclusive and disruptive.

During the 2015-16 school year, Josh established an after school logo programming club that encouraged inner-city students to create knowledge about Logo programming, fabrication, electronics, and art. The students programmed algorithmic designs; created t-shirts from their work; learned how to use and maintain a 3D printer; transformed their designs to 3D printed artifacts; assembled the electronics for a Logo-based robot; 3D-printed the robot’s “body”; and launched in-depth mathematical explorations as they created beautiful drawings form their procedures.

Additionally, Josh led Horizon National’s implementation of a LEGO Community Fund grant to implement LEGO, play-based learning, and STEAM concepts into Horizon’s summer curriculum for K-5. He is currently the Middle Division Educational Technologist at The School at Columbia University.

Josh’s projects have been published in Make Magazine as well as in RED, a Spanish education journal. His book, The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun, inspires makers of all ages to explore the intersection of crafting and technology through thirteen whimsical, creative projects.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, May 6

1:00pm EDT