Guest post by Spring CUE featured speaker Nicholas Provenzano

Hello CUE! My name is Nicholas Provenzano and I’m a Makerspace Director at University Liggett School. I spend my days teaching a middle school Innovation and Design class I created, working with high school students on various class projects, mentoring my woodworking apprentice, and supporting teachers’ use of various types of technology. As a K12 institution, we support project-based learning through student choice and voice. My number one job is to make sure students have the support they need to make sure their voices are heard as they work to demonstrate understanding.

I am excited about attending my first CUE conference and learning from all of the great educators from across the Golden State. I spent the first 15 years of my career as a high school literature teacher looking for ways to engage students in the curriculum. It was through project-based learning and making that I saw the power of student agency in the classroom. I’ve been lucky to share the power of project-based learning and makerspaces I learned from my students and from schools all over the world. It truly changed the way I view my role as an educator in the classroom.

I look forward to sharing the important role that project-based learning and makerspaces play in supporting student agency with everyone during my session. Too many people focus on the “stuff” that goes into a makerspace and not enough on the pedagogy that needs to change to support our students. Whether you teach English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Math, Teacher, or any other type of teacher, there is a place for you to embrace project-based learning and making that allows for true student agency.

Spring CUE will be in Palm Springs once again for 2020, hosting over 5000 education-minded and EdTech loving attendees at the longest-running, largest annual event on the West Coast. There are over 42 years of CUE institutional knowledge shared at Spring CUE each year – join us this year to change how you teach: CUE.org/Spring

About Nicholas Provenzano

Nicholas is the Technology Coordinator and Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He is also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker, and consultant. He writes on his website, TheNerdyTeacher.com, Edutopia.org, as well as many other prominent educational websites.

Nicholas has been featured on CNN, Education Week, and recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE. Nicholas is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Adobe Education Leader, and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His best-selling books, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality, and Beyond the Poster Board can be found on Amazon.

In his Spring CUE 2020 session, Nicholas will share the important role that project-based learning and makerspaces play in supporting student agency.

Nicholas is sharing plenty of nerdy things on Twitter and Instagram at @TheNerdyTeacher.

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