[NHDOE-ETNews] CMK: Time is running out!!!

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Wed Mar 31 18:02:01 EDT 2010

If you have professional development funds from an ed tech grant or
otherwise, this is the kind of opportunity that can typically fit right
into a grant project - and this set of pre/post activities are
specifically tailored for NH educators. CMK faculty are pretty
incredible - try Googling their names and see what you learn! 

Constructing Modern Knowledge will be in Manchester, NH this summer!!!

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 NH educators who register at the New Hampshire Cohort price of $725
by March 31st (maybe you can ask them for a few days wiggle room on the
deadline if needed).

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
... 2 books plus online articles to read before Constructing Modern
Knowledge (written by CMK authors) including:  
*	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. 
*	Meier, Deborah. (2003) In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities
of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization. Boston: Beacon
*	Articles by Alfie Kohn and other authors related to CMK.
... 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
... Online asynchronous discussions with Gary Stager, Ph.D. organizer of
CMK10 before and after Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 from May 1st

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

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 Educational Technology Director
Office of Educational Technology
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603-271-2453 *** Fax: 603-271-1953 
OET Website: www.nheon.org/oet
ETNews Listserv: http://maillist2.nh.gov/mailman/listinfo/nhdoe-etnews

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