Connecting Minds and Hands with Tools, Materials and Technology

CTE provides powerful opportunities for teachers to engage their students in effective high rigor learning through hands on experiences. Using the Rigor Relevance Relationships framework this session will ask participants to consider how to connect students minds to their hands, tools, materials and technology to solve unpredictable real-life problems and become real Quad D learners. Participants with explore design thinking and maker space concepts and how they can enrich their instructional practices and further engage their students. 

Historically CTE has been successful working with students at high levels of application but at the recall, comprehension and application levels of blooms taxonomy. This is classic Quad B work. Achieving the desired state of getting students to think and work at the higher end of Blooms taxonomy is often elusive even with the use of problem and project based strategies. 

Incorporating the key elements of the Design Thinking process and the attributes of Maker Spaces can provide the critical opportunity for CTE teachers to lift student experiences into Quad D. This session will explore the six elements of Design Thinking and the skills, tools and materials multidimensional domain of Maker Spaces to enrich the participants ability to help students formulate real world problems and present solutions.

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