Inclusive Makerspace and 21st Century Educational Technology | Oct 19


As part of the MET Anti-Racism Speaker Series

October 19, 2022 | 4:00-5:00pm PST

Can you imagine a learning space where nature, music, art and literature are infused in the design of the STE-A-M focused classroom? A kindergarten classroom for students of all ages? A place where tea is served at the start and end of each day in beautiful porcelain cups – where there are no bells or specific transitions and subjects are infused through Big Ideas or Themes?

Let us think critically about the importance and value of learning environments and their impact on inclusivity, equity and being culturally responsive. How can we use the Maker Culture, Art, Music, Educational Technologies, and Games to provide a space for real-world learning opportunities that represent student voice and choice? How can space create a feeling of belonging?

This presentation will discuss the value of nurturing students and community through not only the design of ‘space’ but providing opportunities for making and playing using learning technologies as a key component to achieving truly innovative and inclusive classrooms.

 

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About Dr. Zoe Branigan-Pipe

Zoe’s teaching methods are most influenced by John Dewey, Reggio Emilia Methods, and Seymour Papert, who are all strong proponents of teaching/learning through inquiry, exploration, making/doing, play, and real-world experiences. Zoe is known for her creative classroom instruction methods, which support an environment that is inclusive and safe, and encourages others to take risks. She endeavours to create an environment for students to be themselves, be creative and critical thinkers, be passionate self-directed and ongoing learners, and accept mistakes as opportunities to grow. Zoe is a robust and resilient leader with a strong ability to empower and build capacity in others. She is most excited when given the opportunity to work on projects that have real-world connections to and inspire community partnerships with a focus on equity and social justice. Zoe Blogs, Tweets, and uses YouTube to discuss equity, social justice, community matters, 21st Century learning, and health & fitness. She is presently a full-time teacher for the Gifted Program at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in Ontario, where she has received the profiling of excellence award for innovation and creativity. Zoe is also the Teacher Education Accreditation Coordinator, writer and course reviewer at Brock University, Faculty of Education.

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