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Wednesday, February 28 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Why Technology is Shifting Education from Nouns to Verbs

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Since the rise of the mass produced book, formal education has been cemented in the world of “things” ― facts to be regurgitated on tests. The rise of computers in education opened the door to shifting education from facts to processes, even though educational practice largely remained the same. Now, decades after the incorporation of computers in the classroom, the pendulum has shifted in significant ways. The benefit is that, while students may forget what they read, they don't forget what they've made. This presentation explores the impact of the technologies of making in the classroom with concrete ideas that can be applied immediately.

This dynamic presentation shows examples of the kinds of curricular activities incorporating 3D printing and programmable controllers (e.g., micro:bits) that render textbooks obsolete ― that foster education's shift from nouns to verbs.

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David Thornburg

Director of Education, 1010 Technologies
Have worked in the field of educational technology since 1981, written numerous books, consulted for schools and government agencies, invented educational technologies, and am currently Director of Education for Polar3D. I have taught part time at Stanford University, University of... Read More →


Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am CST