June 24-28, 2019


EdMedia + Innovate Learning Workshops

Monday, June 24, 2019, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Workshop 1: “Making with Kids to Foster STEAM Education”

Martin Ebner, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Learning goals: Hands-on experiences with simple maker tools and projects with children for beginners and insights into maker education approaches and experiences with Maker Days for Kids.

Description: Some of Europe’s leading experts on making with children will share their experiences and different approaches within this joint workshop. The workshop will include presentations about teacher education within makerspaces at Graz University of Technologies (AT) as well as a short introduction about the first Maker Days for Kids in August 2018 for children aged 10-14 years. Participants will work with a set of tools and smaller maker projects. For example they can work with an BBC:MicroBit or an Ozobot for educational purposes. The examples shown were especially prepared for an open learning setting within a huge maker space environment. Interactive discussions will be the base to develop own future implementations.

Participants: This workshop is planned for beginners within the field of making with children. Please bring your mobile advices (phone, tablet, computer) into the workshop, if possible. Max. 26 people.

Workshop Hosts: Adj. Prof. Dr. Martin Ebner and Mag. Maria Grandl, University of Technology Graz, Austria

Workshop 2: “The Collabrify Roadmap Platform: Supporting Educators in Realizing the Promises of Open Education Resources

Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan, United States

Cathie Norris, University of North Texas, United States

Description: Open Education Resources promise to power education into the digital age! But, what educators, all over the world are finding, is that tools are needed to manipulate those OER resources, e.g., tools for stitching together OERs into effective instruction. Towards helping educators in realizing the promise of OER, we offer the free, Collabrify Roadmap Platform.The CoRP is being used in classrooms in the U.S; it has been adopted by Michigan’s Department of Education in its #GoOpen effort.


CoRP is a free, easy-to-learn and use, device-independent, browser-based, collabrified, graphical, open platform that supports the full life-cycle of deeply-digital lessons:

  • creating and modifying OER-based lessons, called “Roadmaps,”
  • distributing lesson Roadmaps to learners for use on their devices;
  • monitoring learners, in real-time, as they move through the Roadmaps;
  • assessing the student-produced artifacts,
  • and, sharing Roadmaps in a professional community.

CoRP provides teachers will an array of learning analytics.

Participants: Attendees will build Roadmaps. We urge attendees to bring with them the outline of a lesson that they will then cast into the form of a deeply-digital lesson Roadmap. It is our intention that attendees will leave our workshop with the skills and understanding needed to continue using the free Collabrify Roadmap Platform to develop exciting curriculum to support the new generation of deeplydigital learners.

Workshop Hosts: Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. From 1995-2001, Norris was President of the National Educational Computing Association, and led its merger with ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, creating the largest, international organization for technology-minded educators in the world. Norris was Co-President of ISTE from 2001-2004. Norris’ 14 years in K-12 classrooms – receiving a Golden Apple Award from Dallas ISD along the way – has shaped her university R&D agenda: developing resources to support K-12 teachers as they move into 21st century classrooms

Elliot Solowayis an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Michigan.  In 2004 and in 2011, students in the College of Engineering HKN Honor Society selected Dr. Soloway to receive the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.” Soloway and Norris’ educational vision is that providing K-12 teachers with OER-based, deeply-digital curriculum, that they can then localize, individualize, etc., is the key to the digital transformation of K-12.