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Using Books in the Elementary MakerSpace

November 3
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Instructional Coaches, Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

As a former K-5 librarian and illustrator of children’s books, I’m always looking for ways to engage students in stories. In this session, I will talk about how to go beyond worksheets and discussions in order to have deeper learning and promote critical thinking with elementary students. I will talk about specific read-alouds that I have used in the classroom, and ideas for how you can tie these books to makerspace/problem-based learning and projects. These ideas can be applied to other favorite read-aloud books and personalized for individual teacher preferences and classroom environments. I’ll cover multimedia/video projects, design challenges, and building/creative ideas and tools for student use.

Jennifer Leban
Jennifer Leban
Instructional Technology Coach, Learning Technology Center

Jen serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in the south Cook County region.