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Presentation Abstract:

The Maker Movement can be an intimidating concept for teachers, but it is worth the small amount of uncomfortableness to learn new skills that will allow students of varying skill levels to engage in learning in many different ways to help support strong critical thinking skills. Whether through coding their own robot, 3D designing their own Medieval town, or sewing a family tree quilt, students as makers is a great way to increase student engagement and to give them the power to drive their learning into areas that are meaningful to them. To be able to accomplish this change in our educational system, students need the combined effort of the entire community. This Keynote will push you to consider alternative approaches to instruction and assessment to help reMAKE education.

Nicholas Provenzano is the Makerspace Director at University Liggett School. He is also an author, international speaker, podcaster, and consultant. He shares his thoughts on current educational issues on 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, ASCD Emerging Leader, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Adobe Education Leader, and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His best-selling books, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces and The Maker Mentality are read by educators around the world. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @TheNerdyTeacher.