Monday, January 12, 2015
Miller Library, 7pm
Make, Design, and Code Opportunities for 2E Tinkerers
with Katharina Boser, Ph.D., Developmental Cognitive Psychologist and Technology Coordinator
Learn about the latest programs and technologies that will allow students to learn about visualization, 3D design, and programming at their level and pace. In addition to tutorials and projects, you will learn and receive a demonstration of some free 3D design programs (e.g.,Google SketchUp and Autodesk’s Tinkercad & 123D Design). These programs allow you to work with 3D printers so you can design in three dimensions. Dr. Boser will discuss the benefits of teaching young kids about programming. Particularly when students struggle in the language and verbal domains, their visualization and non-verbal logic and math skills may be an area of strength. You will learn about Scratch, MIT App Inventor, and Python, as well as other resources and examples highlighted on http://code.org. You will also learn about engineering and design programs that teach coding skills at an early age, including the Lego First program, Lego Mindstorms EV3/NXT, and PLTW. Dr. Boser will describe the benefits and drawbacks for 2e kids of tech and cyber challenge programs such as the Lego Competitions, Destination Imagination, Future Cities, and the West Point Bridge Challenge. Finally, you will learn about other local programs and events to watch out for which involve problem solving, early programming and coding concepts, and design and tinkering. Come with questions!
Dr. Boser completed a Ph.D. At Cornell University in cognitive psychology and then worked as a post doc at University of Maryland and then scientific researcher at Johns Hopkins University investigating language retraining in aphasia and autism. She was a board member and then Co-Chair of the Innovative Technologies for Autism Initiative for Autism Speaks until 2011. She is a board member of the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) in Rockville, MD. She is the President of Individual Differences in Learning, Inc.(IDL), an educational non-profit in Maryland providing professional development to teachers and parents regarding brain-based teaching techniques and innovative technologies for students with a range of cognitive impairments, including autism and twice exceptionality (2E). In 2009, she produced a set of videos and educational materials for teachers about the strengths and weaknesses of 2E students, called “Walking the Path with your 2E Student”. She presents at national and international conferences on autism technology integration, 2e kids and technology education research, advocates for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and co-edited the book, “Technology Tools for Students with Autism,” published by Brookes Publishing in 2013. In 2011, she joined the faculty of the Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, Maryland as a Computer Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator. She is a Soroban(Japanese abacus) Instructor, Lego First Robotics team coach, 3d printing enthusiast and involved in the “maker” movement.
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A $5.00 donation is requested