New Workshop: Interactive Games for Educators

Digital Harbor Foundation is offering an exciting new workshop, Interactive Games for Educators. Interactive Game Design is a rapidly developing field that exists in the intersection of physical components and computer programming, where designers shape and construct new methods of gaming. In this workshop, educators will learn how to program basic game mechanics that integrate physical components.

We are offering this workshop because of the powerful impact that teaching game design can have in the classroom. Game design is an engaging multidisciplinary platform for youth and is a field with several possible career pathways. Youth will develop the foundations of computer programming in a medium that is fun and accessible for them.

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Educators attending the workshop will learn how to use Scratch, a free web-based visual game engine developed by the MIT Media Lab as well as the Makey Makey, another invention from the MIT Media Lab. The Makey Makey enables youth to bring physical interactivity to their games by acting as a gateway between conductive objects and the computer. Attending educators will develop the confidence to be able to help youth unleash their creative potential in a medium that actively incorporates problem solving, critical thinking, iteration, and the design process.

Learn more or register for this workshop

One of the strengths of Scratch is that it is a highly accessible platform for teaching youth the core concepts necessary to embark on a computer programming pathway. Additionally, since Game Design is a field that incorporates several skill sets such as business, art, programming, and storytelling, incorporating Game Design into the classroom exposes youth to fields that they may not even have considered exploring. For example, a youth who may not demonstrate interest in Language Arts may excel at storytelling in a game narrative.

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One of the ultimate reasons for integrating these elements into the classroom is to create more future coders. The programming principles and mechanics that this workshop covers can be the first step for educators interested in setting their youth for a future programming pathway.

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Educators will leave with an Interactive Games Starter Kit as well as access to additional “Going Further” lessons and resources that build on the base skills covered in the workshop. Now is a fantastic time to integrate Game Design into the classroom as it is a medium that is rising in popularity with several possible career paths and deep educational potential.

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Learn more or register for this workshop today!

New Workshop: IoT for Educators

We are very excited to announce our newest educator workshop offering: IoT for Educators! But wait, what is IoT? IoT stands for Internet of Things and the Internet of Things means connected sensors and actuators to the Internet so that you can collect data about the world around you and interact with it. This data can then be visualized or used in a multitude of ways to gather useful information.

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IoT has been hailed as the next frontier in emerging technology and we are beginning to see these devices everywhere – Nest thermostats that can be controlled via your phone are increasingly popular IoT devices, as well as Philips Hue light bulbs whose colors can be changed by your phone, and so much more.

We wanted to create a workshop for educators to teach them how to use electronic devices to collect data within their learning environment to collect real-world information that can be used by students. Instead of using fake data about some stranger’s shoe size in a math problem – now you will be able to collect data about classroom temperature and use that information for analysis.

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In this workshop, educators will learn how to program connected devices to monitor and interact with the world around them. The workshop will include training and materials to support step-by-step projects that allow youth to interact with and monitor their environment while collecting real-world data.

The workshop includes a kit of technology devices and coordinating materials as well as software tools and recommendations and educational support.

Learn more about the workshop and sign up

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more ideas and inspiration for IoT projects, so be sure to check back!

Become a Maker Educator

 

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February will mark the 1 year anniversary of the first offering of our Making for Educators workshop and to celebrate we will be offering an updated version of the workshop!

Our 2-day workshop will take place Friday February 19 – Saturday February 20 and we want you to join us! The Making for Educators workshop will prepare formal and informal educators to get started with making and hands-on projects in their learning space. In this workshop, we will cover all you need to jump-start your own maker program or makerspace for youth. This workshop also includes a Makerspace in a Box Kit of materials and supplies to use for projects during the workshop, but also to take with you back to your learning space and continue the fun and exploration!

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This workshop is intended for educators who work in many learning spaces. Previous participants have included librarians & media specialists, K-12 classroom teachers, and afterschool program providers.

To learn more about the workshop and get all of the details, visit our Making for Educators workshop page.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at contact@digitalharbor.org. We hope to see you at our next workshop!

Educators – Learn to 3D Print in the New Year

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We are excited to kick off the new year with our 3D Printing for Educators workshop as our first workshop offering of 2016!

Our 4-day workshop will take place Friday January 22 – Saturday January 23, and Friday January 29 – Saturday January 30 and we are looking for more educators to join us! The 3D Printing for Educators workshop will prepare formal and informal educators to get started with 3D printing in their learning space. We will cover the technical skills needed to use and maintain your 3D printer, the software used for 3D designing and printer control, as well as activities and ideas for integrating 3D printing into your program. Every participant in the workshop will receive a 3D Printing Starter Kit, which includes a Printrbot Simple 3D Printer and mini tool kit.

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With the help of our 3D Assistance team here at the Tech Center, all workshop participants will have a reliable support group to help with any issues with their 3D Printer during the workshop. This amazing group has been recognized as the first off-site support provider for Printrbot by the company themselves! You can read more about that here: Announcing 3D Assistance

Again, this workshop is intended for educators who work in many learning spaces. Previous participants have included librarians & media specialists, K-12 classroom teachers, and afterschool program providers.

To learn more about the workshop and get all of the details, visit our 3D Printing for Educators workshop page.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at contact@digitalharbor.org. We hope to see you at our next workshop!

Summer 2015 3D Printing Educator Workshops

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As we head into summer, we are preparing our offerings for educators and have a full calendar of technical and maker workshops open.  Are you an educator with an interest in 3D Printing? If your answer is “Yes!”, you won’t want to miss out on our upcoming 3D Printing for Educators Workshop in July & August 2015.

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This 4-day training will prepare educators of many types to get started with 3D printing in their learning space. We will cover the technical skills needed to use and maintain your 3D printer, the software used for 3D designing and printer control, as well as activities and ideas for integrating 3D printing into your program. Every participant in the workshop will receive a 3D Printing Starter Kit, which includes a Printrbot Simple 3D Printer and mini tool kit.

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With the help of our 3D Assistance team here at the Tech Center, all workshop participants will have a reliable support group to help with any issues with their 3D Printer during the workshop.

Again, this workshop is intended for educators who work in many learning spaces. Previous participants have included librarians & media specialists, K-12 classroom teachers, and afterschool program providers.

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To learn more about the workshop and get all of the details, visit our 3D Printing for Educators workshop page. You can also read our recap post from the March 2015 workshop and check out our Flickr album for the workshop.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at contact@digitalharbor.org. We hope to see you at our next workshop!

Local Educators Learn to 3D Print

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Our 3D Printing for Educators Workshop in March was such a success, thank you for all who participated. The 3D Printing for Educators workshop is a multi-day training course, where educators are given the resources, tools, and hands-on training of 3D Design & Printing to bring back to their learning space.

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At this workshop we had our first round of Perpetual Innovation Fund participants (10 educators total) and first ever 3D Assistance (Adam, Amiri, Darius, & Samuel) to help assist the workshop. Shawn and Steph Grimes, who facilitated the workshop, knocked it out of the ballpark, both giving excellent advice about working with youth to ensure excitement for designing and printing.

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We started with introductions, then quickly dove right into unboxing everyone’s Printrbot Simple 3D Printers. All our workshops come with a starter kit to ensure you have the right tools for success and this workshop comes with a 3D printer for each participant. The unique and exciting part is each educator has the opportunity to troubleshoot the printer, so they learn how to calibrate, learn fundamentals of 3D Design, and practice printing throughout the whole workshop.

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If you missed out on the March 3D printing workshop, don’t worry, we will be hosting another workshop in July. To find out more information, you can visit this page: Summer 2015 3D Printing for Educator Workshops. If you have any questions, you can email us at contact@digitalharbor.org.

Maker Educator: 3D Printing Night Recap

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Maker Educator: 3D Printing Night is our most recent offering from DHF’s Center of Excellence with the focus on bringing together educators to learn, create and, inspire each other.

The Maker Educator Meetup is designed to focus on three key components: review of new technology tools, hands-on learning techniques to apply the covered materials, and networking among educators to share ideas and experiences. We will meet quarterly to explore the latest technologies in the field and discuss practical applications to bring back to the classroom.

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Our first meeting was held in December 2014 and the night was chock full of insightful tips shared by Shawn and Stephanie Grimes. We started the night with a quick presentation about 3D Scanning technology and reviewed different types of 3D Scanning tools to help users decide which tools worked best for them. Then, we jumped right into demonstrations on how to use the scanning tools and we loved seeing participants so eager to engage with the 3D printers and scanners. Participants not only walked away with new resources and connections, but some participants also had 3D printed busts made. To see other photos from the Meetup visit our Flickr page here: Maker Educator: 3D Night.

If you weren’t able to make it to our first meeting, but would like to learn more about the materials covered, you can read Shawn’s review of 3D Scanners here: 3D Scanners: A Quick Review.

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Thank you to all those who attended our first gathering, we can’t wait to see how the group grows and develops! The next Maker Educator Meetup will be March 25, 2015 and you can signup here: Maker Educators: 3D Night.