I am a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. I speak professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform.
Keynote: Code Breaker - Increase Creativity, Remix Assessment and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas!
Twenty first century learning requires students to create, collaborate and think critically. Progress "STEM's" directly from immediate feedback and a personalized learning platform. Coding forces students to problem solve, make mistakes and overcome barriers because programs can only run if written correctly. In this talk, participants will learn about the history and pedagogy of computer science, its importance for the future as well as how to integrate it into existing curriculums.
Crack the code for your students’ success! Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how to collaborate as problem solvers. And to master these and other twenty-first-century requirements, they will need to be critical thinkers. In Code Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall shares his insights on how to turn curriculum expectations into skills. Students identify problems, develop solutions, and use coding and computational thinking to apply and demonstrate their learning. From Aspinall’s collection of real-life examples and practical lesson ideas, you’ll discover how to... Use computational thinking and coding across all subjects and grade levels.
Engaged students are more likely to internalize learning and apply it to situations beyond the classroom. So how can you get your learners to engage? In Block Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall explains that the wildly popular game Minecraft may be just the right tool for the job.
Sharing his own and other educators’ success with Minecraft (and other programming applications) in the classroom, Brian reveals how these adaptable tools can be leveraged to engage learners and empower them to find success.