[NHDOE-ETNews] Constructing Modern Knowledge July 2010 -- Registration Deal for NH Educators

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Wed Mar 3 21:23:44 EST 2010

Constructing Modern Knowledge in Manchester, NH

http://constructingmodernknowledge.com <http://constructingmodernknowledge.com/>  


Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 is offering exclusive access for New Hampshire educators to pre- and post-activities to support their attendance at the Constructing Modern Knowledge Summer Institute, to be held July 12-15, 2010 (CMK10) in Manchester, NH. This offer is available to the first 50 NH educators who register at the New Hampshire Cohort price of $725 by no later than March 31st. Pre/post activities will support and extend the constructivist, project-based professional development experience of CMK10.


What is Constructing Modern Knowledge? This is a "minds-on institute" for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty. Inspirational guest speakers and social events round out the fantastic event. Alfie Kohn, Deborah Meier, Dr. James Loewen, and Peter Reynolds are guest speakers. The faculty includes Dr. Gary Stager, Brian Silverman, Dr. Cynthia Solomon, Sylvia Martinez, and John Stetson.



*	4 days of educational activities and collaborative project-based learning at the Radisson Hotel Manchester
*	Scheduled conversations and reflection sessions discussing collaboration, constructivist learning, and technology integration in current school systems
*	Night out in Boston featuring an event at the famed FableVision Studios and presentation by best-selling children's book author and software designer Peter Reynolds
*	One institute dinner

Constructing Modern Knowledge is designed to immerse educators in a constructivist, computer-rich learning environment. Educators learn how to create constructivist technology experiences in their own classrooms and schools through first hand experience, not lecture. The high ratio of CMK faculty and the hands-on, collaborative nature of the Institute create a unique learning experience for educators. The proposed pre- and post-institute activities will further support and extend the experience of CMK10.


Pre-institute activities

1.	2 books plus online articles to read before Constructing Modern Knowledge (written by CMK authors) including: 

		1.	Loewen, James. (2009) Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History. NY: Teachers College Press. 
		2.	Meier, Deborah. (2003) In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization. Boston: Beacon Press. 
		3.	Articles by Alfie Kohn and other authors related to CMK.

2.	3 synchronous group discussions of readings held online prior to the event on April 26, May 17, and June 14 from 4-5 PM EST
3.	Online asynchronous discussions with Gary Stager, Ph.D. organizer of CMK10 before and after Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 from May 1st onward

Post-institute activities

*	Continued asynchronous online discussion
*	CEUs (or alternate final credit) awarded
*	Space on the Constructing Modern Knowledge Blog for post-institute reflections contributed by participants
*	Total estimated hours will vary, depending on pre and post asynchronous activity.

CEU options

*	3 CEUs are currently available from Pepperdine University for $175, obtained after writing a reflective paper.
*	Optional graduate credit from Plymouth State University is currently being explored.


Feb/March 2010 - registration open for NH cohort

April/May - start pre-institute activities

July 12-15 - Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010

Aug/Sept - reflection activities

Sept 2010 - conclusion and credit



CMK10 + NH cohort - $725 per registrant 
(Does not include CEUs  travel, rooming, or meals except for institute dinner.)



New Hampshire educators should use the special registration option for the NH cohort at Constructing Modern Knowledge. Click on any registration link at http://constructingmodernknowledge.com <http://constructingmodernknowledge.com/>  and select the link for the NH PD course (which includes CMK, books, & online collaboration before and after event). Credit cards and purchase orders are accepted.

Dr. Cathy Higgins
State Director of Educational Technology
Office of Educational Technology
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603-271-2453 
OET Website: www.nheon.org/oet

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