Workshops for Educators

Workshops

How to teach core technology concepts at any age- University through Elementary. I will lead you in creating a customized game plan for any age, help you figure out any roadblocks have you stumbling, or just act as a resource in your classroom for the students who want to go further down the digital rabbit hole than your class allows.

  • Classroom Integration

    Training for educators who need to integrate technology into their classroom.

  • Teaching tools

    How to create cutting edge technology teaching tools and analogies to fit your classroom needs.

  • After-School Programs

    Planning and delivery of robotics modules for Universities, schools, after-school programs and camps.

  • Kinesthetic & Art Activities

    Kinesthetic and art related activities to incorporate technology into any classroom- from physical education, to English, math or art!

  • Lesson plans

    Lesson planning and assistance with grant proposals.

Whatever your area of interest, pursue it today by emailing me-
Other workshop offerings

For Educators

I work with all levels of educators

 

Make a Giant Functional Breadboard & Components

Learn exactly how a breadboard works by creating a functional 10X breadboard and components. Great for use as a teaching tool in the classroom, based on a design by Mike Hord and the Twin Cities Maker. Students can create either a full size breadboard complete with center ravine and power rails. If we are pressed for time or resources students can create a smaller half size breadboard. Giant components I have created include- Resistors, capacitors, dials (or trimpots), LEDs, photoresistors, buttons, an ATMega 328P PTH chip, a piezo buzzer and a battery. If you’re really into this stuff we can go as far as creating giant functional chips as well as the other components.

Teaching Scratch Programming for Elementary School

Learn the basics of teaching mathematical concepts through video game creation. We’ll sneak concepts such as Cartesian X & Y plotting as we make a cute character that wanders around the screen. Learn about activities, analogies, free resources and other teaching tools that have helped Linz keep kids enthusiastically learning computer coding for hours on end.

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Computer Programming & Robotics Activities for Recess

Kids need to get their energy out- computer programming and prototyping are great skills but it’s not good for them to spend all their time in front of a screen! Kinesthetic activities are a great way to learn basic computer programming concepts while moving around. I have created five different activities that effectively teach core computer programming and robotics concepts through physical activities on the recess playground or fields. Concepts covered include- Actuators and sensors, sensor readings and data resolutions, serial communication variables and code iteration.

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Introduction to Arduino

Go from blinking an LED to virtual prototyping in seven hours and still have time to eat lunch! This class is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. It’s easier than you think! We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, basic programming concepts and practice very basic Serial communication. Students will create three simple circuits highlighting analog and digital forms of input and output. Get started with the Arduino programming environment, briefly discuss programming and virtual prototyping. I’ve taught this class far more times than I can remember, I tailor this class depending on the audience’s experience level and interests.

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Processing

Learn the basics of computer programming with Processing, a programming environment that allows artists and designers to quickly create fun and interactive programing in Java and other programming languages! Because it’s Open and has a large community Processing allows beginners to get started quickly and has enough libraries that more advanced users can find code examples to pursue almost any concept, from video game design and internet connectivity to Android applications and hardware integrations. Come learn the basics of computer programming while making a simple character move around the screen. Depending on how much time we have we can even get into animation, importing images and other concepts.

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Curriculum Buffet (Design Your Own Curriculum)

Don’t see what you want? I specialize in specialization! Let me know what it is you want to learn. We’ll spend some time before the first workshop day deciding on the skills and concepts you wish to focus on to realize your goal. I’ve create a lot of curriculum over the years and I’ve taught to a wide variety of skills levels, cultures and ages, I relish the opportunity to create a customized experience for my students. Let me know what you find exciting about technology (for example- video games, robots, art, animation, sound, sensors, wireless, magnets, etc.) and what other subjects you are interested in combining with technology and we’ll figure out the best way for you to pursue that passion!