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Tuesday, June 10 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
AM5: The Power of Context over Content

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The Power of Context over Content
Todd Wakeman, AJ Webster

The demands of the 21st Century require a different approach from traditional education.  In the current paradigm, content is king.  Educators and parents are often concerned with coverage of specific topics and attempt to measure the understanding of algorithms and the recall of facts. Rather than force-feeding everyone the same content, we should be creating contexts in which students have opportunities to think, practice skills, take risks, and explore. This workshop which will be a combination of presentation, play and discussion, will target how and why we need to shift our focus from delivering content to creating contexts.  We will offer practical advice on implementing this approach in the face of standards-driven school culture.

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Tedd Wakeman

Educator/Revolutionary, PlayMaker School/GameDesk
An expert teacher at GameDesk's PlayMaker School, Tedd Wakeman has been working with children in education, recreation, and research for two decades. He worked locally with LAUSD, teaching inner-city youth for 13 years, while concurrently developing STEM curriculum for Nike/Eco Educators. Tedd has also taught extensively across the globe. He has worked in the Republic of the Maldives, teaching English to groups of adults from over 25 different... Read More →
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AJ Webster

Educator/Revolutionary, The Sycamore School/Catalyst Education
Innovator and educator AJ Webster brings more than a decade of classroom experience to Catalyst Education. He has taught science, Latin, language arts, math, and social science. AJ has his MA in educational policy and leadership. He specializes in game-based learning and embraces the Maker Movement, in which students design, construct, and “think with their hands.” AJ’s work with the PlayMaker School was featured on PBS NewsHour. He has... Read More →

Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Old Madison (East)

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