4th Annual SHIFT Lab Conference

Full Day Workshop
Thursday Feb 15   10:00 AM to 04:00 PM (6 hours)
Making in Education - MakerEd Teacher Meetup   03:30 PM to 05:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
TELUS Spark - Calgary's Science Centre

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Join curious educators at the hands-on, discussion-based SHIFT Lab conference. Engage in dialogues around critical issues in the classroom and your practice. Be a learner while exploring themes of design thinking, making/tinkering, inquiry, and innovation in education.

Discussion sessions begin with introductions on an idea and grow with guiding questions. Then, dig a little deeper with hands-on explorations.

When: February 15, 2018

Where: TELUS Spark, Calgary's Science Centre

Who: Open to all educators, administrators, and people curious about adding an innovative edge to their practice.

Cost: $145. Space is limited.

Educators and administrators from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend and contribute to the learning. The conference will have 12 sessions covering all division areas; topics include Maker Education, Inquiry and Design Thinking, among others. Sessions are developed and led by the educators from various backgrounds and school districts across central and southern Alberta and are currently in the middle of their learning with TELUS Spark.

SHIFT Lab Sessions:

They Built It… Now What? Capturing Maker Space
Session Leader(s): Danielle Hildebrand & Susan Hartman

Maker experiences provide opportunities for students to personalize their learning through following their interests and curiosities. How can we take it one step further and inspire students to share their ideas through writing? Join us as we explore what it means to “capture” an idea and the many means through which students can express themselves in ways that are meaningful and engaging.

Designing Resiliency in Students & Bouncing Back from Failure
Session Leader(s): Dan Perry & Kirsten Fladhamer
Here the stories of two teachers working to build resiliency in students and reframe their perception of "failure"; In this session we will look at student stories of resilience, different activities that can be done with students that build their vocabulary, and real life examples of what has been tried in a gr. 6 classroom. We'll also explore the use of mini-challenges in the classroom, attempting to reframe students' perception of failure. By celebrating risk-taking and failing forward, we are shifting our own perspective of what failure looks like it and how valuable it can be as a learner. 

Once Upon a SPARK: Developing a Maker Mindset in Staff and Students
Session Leader(s): Kelly Friesen & Tori Page
We will share with you our hands-on plan for how to foster a Maker Mindset in a dual-track, Elementary School setting. Join us as we share our tips and tricks on starting a Maker Space through building capacity and engagement with a fun, Fairy Tale twist. Come prepared to dive into literature and think outside the box in order to succeed using design thinking. 

Session Leader(s): Heidi Riegel
Come and participate in a journey through the Grade 5 curriculum. We will explore combining a student-led maker experience with a literacy focus to create a user experience (UX) that creates engagement and excitement in the classroom. This experience will lead you through connecting multiple strands of the curriculum as well as community experts with hands-on challenges, to inspire you into attempting something big, too. 

How Might We…
Session Leader(s): Sandi Metz-Corimer, Erin Palmer & Kelby Warters
We invite you to join us in our journey of bringing maker culture into our classrooms through encouraging a growth mindset and incorporating design thinking. We will share our stories of our journey so far, provide examples of activities that meet curricular outcomes and can be used in your classroom starting tomorrow, and show how you can cultivate a growth mindset in your classroom. 

UnSelfie Science
Session Leader(s): Jay Hamill
Find out what happens when the design thinking process is used to help students make connections between science, technology, and society. In this session, we will embark on a journey and see how what started as effort to incorporate design thinking into the science classroom became a powerful toolkit for building empathy and resiliency in middle school students. 

Design Thinking: It's Not a Bubble, It's a Springboard.
Session Leader(s): Lori Wilson
Have you ever asked yourself “We did the design…. Now what?” This session explores the next steps to the design thinking process and takes participants on a journey of how to use the design process to anchor and springboard critical thinking and inquiry 

The Exploration of Community and the Classroom
Session Leader(s): Jessica Clark
What does community mean to you? This session is about the discovery of what community meant in our classroom. From incorporating curricular outcomes, to working within small groups, or other classes/grades in our school (or even the larger community outside of our school), students have been exploring and learning about what community means, and what it can look like. I’ll be reflecting on different tasks and discussions that my students have taken part in, and how it’s impacted my students and the evolution of my teaching this year! 

Creating an Inclusive Maker's Space
Session Leader(s): Ghada Aly
In this session, we will follow the journey of creating maker's space in a K-12 school. The purpose of the space is to create an opportunity for students from Kindergarten to grade 12 to be innovative and explore their interests. To create an inclusive environment, the Space has to offer opportunities to involve the smallest hands to the more experienced learners, as well as include learners with different abilities and interests. Our goal is to create a Space that can be used for free exploration as well as to support curriculum-oriented inquiry projects. The session will showcase how the teachers worked collaboratively using the design thinking process to create Maker's Space in our school with the goal of promoting innovation in an inclusive Maker's environment. 

The Learning Commons: From Classroom to Design Thinking Central
Session Leader(s): Casandra Harrold, Jordan Niger & Kim Durnford
How can the Learning Commons become a central part of active learning for all students in a large school community? Join us as we share our adventure of engaging students in generating design tasks to create a community of collaborative thinkers from kindergarten to grade 4. Work with grade 3 students as they share a
student generated design thinking task which they facilitated for other classes in the school. Find out about how the Learning Commons is used an essential piece of this process and how this learning is extending into the larger school community. 

Self-Exploration Through Play
Session Leader(s): Kristen Schulof & Kelby Warters
When students are given play time throughout school they are able to dig a little deeper into what they are passionate about. In this session we discuss how giving students a chance to pursue their passions gives them the time and ability to find or follow an interest that they may not otherwise be given time for. We will explore how giving children from grade 1 and 2 benefited from free play time every day. 

The No Money Maker: Building a community of makers that embraces minimalism, sustainability and accessibility
Session Leader(s): Megan Caultey, Charlotte Schmidtke, Emily Larocque & Theresa Wells-Taylor
Join us as we navigate the high-tech world of maker culture with lowtech materials, found objects, and beautiful stuff! We will share our experiences with low-tech maker spaces in both Div I and Div II. Participants will be invited to tinker with beautiful stuff, engage in dialogue about the potential for “no-money” maker spaces in their classrooms and schools, and discover how nature land-based learning can be brought into classrooms"