The Nerdy Teacher LLC is an educational consulting business focused on supporting school districts, educational conferences, and EdTech businesses. The Nerdy Teacher LLC is run by Nicholas Provenzano. Nicholas Provenzano is the Makerspace Director at University Liggett School. He is also an author, international speaker, consultant, and Provenzano Family Jarts Champion. He shares his thoughts on current educational issues on TheNerdyTeacher.com. He has been featured on CNN, Education Week, and other media outlets. He has been awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE. Nicholas is a Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, ASCD Emerging Leader, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Adobe Education Leader, a Sphero Hero, and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His best-selling books, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality, and Beyond The Poster Board are read by educators around the world. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @TheNerdyTeacher.
I have had the pleasure of working with teachers from Singapore to Iceland and all across the country. One of the things that stands out to me is that it doesn't matter where you teach, educators are ready to learn and share to support learning of their colleagues and themselves. If you are looking to make a change in your school culture or kick off the conference with some positive energy, consider contacting me as we can make something amazing happen.
Makerspaces Across the Curriculum
More and more makerspaces are popping up in schools around the country and there is a huge need for teachers to learn how to use them to support the work they are doing in the classroom. This session will show teachers how a makerspace can be used across the curriculum to fully engage students in the assigned work and take the lesson planning to the next level.
Beyond The Poster Board
Project Based Learning is so much more than just having students take the information shared by the teacher and slapping it on a poster board with some glitter glue. There are actually many different types of PBL that teachers can use to engage students in the curriculum. Some are very teacher centered and others give students complete freedom to explore and learn on their terms. As we move away from traditional forms of assessment, it is important to have a strong understanding of how Project Based Learning can be used in the classroom.
Minecraft: Education Edition and Design Thinking
More and more colleges and businesses are telling schools that graduates are coming to them without basic problem solving skills. They are great at doing exactly what they are asked to do, but they cannot pivot or adapt as needed when the problems they face change. Using Minecraft: Education Edition, students can experience Design Thinking, a problem solving technique, that will prepare them for the wide variety of problems they will face in school and long after they leave the classroom.
Google Apps for Education - Attendees will be able to use Google Apps in this session and walk away with a new view of using different tools to enhance the learning experience in their classroom.
Using these tools requires hardware and software, so a session that focuses on these tools is best served as a workshop where all of the tools can be ordered in advance so attendees can learn about them and take home their own kit to continue the learning.