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Designing for All: Lessons from a Global Network of Maker Classrooms

Your Name and Title: Designing for All: Lessons from a Global Network of Maker Classrooms

School or Organization Name: Digital Promise Global

Co-Presenter Name(s): Jonelle Lorantas, Mahfuza Rahman, Elyse Gainor, and Lisa Jobson

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Mundaring, Australia, Toronto, Canada, and Redwood City, CA, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Teachers and Technology Coordinators

Short Session Description: This session features participants in the Learning Studios - a global network of teachers and students focused on learning design thinking and invention skills.

Full Session Description: Presenters will share experiences and learnings from the first two years of the global Learning Studios initiative connecting over 70 schools and youth organizations in a growing network of 15 countries around the world. This project leverages a facilitated online network to help teachers learn and collaborate as they guide their students in learning about media, design, and entrepreneurship. To date, Global Challenges have included a Global Goals, Local Solutions (design a product, service, or campaign to aid their community in alignment with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals), Play to Learn (design a game to teach the player something new), and Design for All, focused on redesigning everyday objects and systems to be more equitable, inclusive, and accessible.

Participants will:

  • explore how global connectivity and virtual exchange contribute to a maker learning environment 
  • examine the challenges and benefits of engaging students in self-directed projects to change their world for the better
  • receive concrete guidance for building social entrepreneurship, design thinking, and maker learning programs in their own schools and youth organizations

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: More about the Learning Studios, including a Research White Paper, a participant story gallery, and Teachers Guide, can be found at http://global.digitalpromise.org/learning-studios

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