Maker Highlights

Maker Ed at the Central MA Google Summit
Featuring Eric Lawson &  Caitlin Ahearn for MakerSpace Learning & Activities
'Opening Keynote' 9am Tuesday
MakerSpace Revolution, Eric Lawson
This keynote style presentation explains why we need to have a MakerSpace mindset within our schools to allow for students to explore without the worry of failure. Failure is encouraged with a MakerMind set as this is a way to apply prior knowledge and work creatively with peers to innovate new products and ideas.

Day 1 Sessions:
MAKER MOVEMENT: Why Making & How Can I Start?
The Maker Ed Movement is alive and well here in New Hampshire. Many want to get in the action, but they just do not know why or how making fits into their instruction. Learn about how you can apply standards, student interest, and current pedagogy to provide the foundation for Making in the classroom. After we discuss why Making, we will explore how you can incorporate Making into your instructional goals. STEM challenges and Genius Hour will be highlighted. Participants will leave with lesson ideas, an electronic copy of a sample engineering design process, and reasons for Making in the classroom.  Can’t attend the session, but you would still like resources about Maker Ed? Join the NH Maker Ed G+ community today!  

Genius Hour: Structure Making in Your Classroom
Our students want more than what is offered in our curriculum. They are curious about things that we often do not cover in the curriculum. Genius Hour gives each of your students the opportunity to learn on their own terms, while cultivating a maker community. Join this session to see how School Librarian Caitlin Ahearn and Science Teacher Jessica Payeur structure Genius Hour. 

MakerSpace: Green Screen Video Making
Become a confident green screen video film maker! Learn how collaborative student teams can create amazing videos to strengthen and display their knowledge of a range of topics across all curriculum areas. Bring your iPad or phone with the app, Green Screen by Do Ink, in order to make your own video while brainstorming lesson plan ideas for your classroom. Not only will your students work toward mastery in Speaking & Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, but they will also target other CCSS goals depending upon the subject of the movie.
Eric Lawson, IT Director York Schools

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Eric Lawson has been in education for 15 years. He spent 7 years in an elementary classroom, 5 years as a technology integrator, 1 year as the Admin Curriculum/Technology Integrator, and is currently the Director of Technology & Libraries for the York School Department in York, Maine. He has been published in eSchool NewsTech&Learning Magazine and ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine for technology integrated projects and ideas. He was named a member of the Maine Starting 6, and was inducted into the Unum Maine Teacher’s Hall of Fame in January 2012. In October of 2014 he was accepted at the Google Teachers Academy in London. In the spring of 2014 he was accepted into the Google for Education Certified Trainer Program.  He lives with his wife, Jennie, two daughters, Elsa and Lily, and golden retriever, Surrey. He became an authorized Google Education Trainer in the spring of 2015.
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Caitlin Ahearn, Library Media Specialist, Londonderry

Caitlin Ahearn is a creative and dynamic school librarian with a passion for information literacy and innovative instruction. While in college, Caitlin was a substitute teacher and soon realized that middle school education is her passion. Caitlin continued to library school at the University of Rhode Island and graduated in May 2013. She is now one of two school librarians at Londonderry Middle School in Londonderry, New Hampshire. She serves as the Secretary of the NH School Library Media Association (NHSLMA). She was the co-creator of theCollaboratory Makerspace at the 2015 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. Currently, her expertise surrounds the academic research process, technology integration, Google Apps for Education, STEM education, and maker education.